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tysonstiles cartStarting May 18 through May 24, 2015, Tysons’ residents, workforce, and visitors will have the unique opportunity to take part in a community engagement art activity — Imagine Art Here: Tysons Tiles with artist Julia Vogl. Participants will answer three questions, receive a custom artist-designed pin, and see their responses reflected at multiple temporary public art installations in Tysons starting June 23, 2015.

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Cheb2ap3_thumbnail_gin-dance-taiwan.jpgck out the following 3 events that are part of Gin Dance Company's spring calendar:

Guest Performance at BalletNova Spring Concert:  May 1 & 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m. & May 3, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington

BalletNova will be presenting Artistic Director Nancie Woods' 'Firebird' and 'A Moment to Muse'. Associate Artistic Director, Constance Walsh will be premiering a brand new work 'The Blue Sox'.   Gin Dance Company will be presenting Shu-Chen's 'That's Mozart'.

Taiwan Night 2015 Concert:  May 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center 51 in Rockville, MD
Gin Dance Company is thrilled to have been invited to perform at the Taiwan Night 2015 Concert!! This special event is hosted by the Taiwan Culture Center (TCC) of the Greater Washington, DC area. GDC will be performing with many outstanding singers and musicians from around the nation.

Greater Reston Arts Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival: Gin Dance Company performs May 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. & May 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Reston Town Square Park
Gin Dance Company will be performing at this nationally top-ranked fine art and craft festival.  Shu-Chen will be creating a brand new work in response to artist Patrick Dougherty's sculpture which will be installed at the Reston Town Square Park. The Festival is open to the public Saturday, May 16, 10am - 6pm and Sunday, May 17, from 10am - 5pm.

For more information and tickets, visit http://gindance.org/GinDance/events/.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_acfc-logo.jpgOn behalf of Fairfax County, the Arts Council awarded eight organizations with a total of $24,986 in Organizational and Professional Development Grants in FY15 to improve e-commerce capabilities, financial management, marketing initiatives, and website development:

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras
Fairfax Choral Society
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
McLean Project for the Arts
The Fairfax Ballet Company
The Hub Theatre
Voce Chamber Singers
Washington Balalaika Society

Classical Ballet Theatre was also the most recent recipient of a fast track grant.

For more information on grants offered by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, visit http://artsfairfax.org/grants/programs.
For more on the organizations receiving grants, check out their District Arts Update at http://artsfairfax.org/news/districtartsupdate/321-april-june-2015.

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pdougherty The public “unveiling” of the sculpture will be held at an opening reception on Saturday, April 25th from 5:00 -8:00 pm at GRACE. Prior to the opening reception, GRACE and IPAR welcome families with children to join them in the park for hands-on activities from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_fairfax-choral-society.jpgThere are items for everyone – vacations, spa days, golf outings, baseball tickets, symphony tickets, pottery, bags, jewelry, wine tastings, special experiences with FCS staff and more! Check out all the great items for yourself by clicking the link:  www.biddingOwl.com/FairfaxChoralSociety.

All proceeds benefit the music programs at the Fairfax Choral Society – where they strive to enrich the lives they touch through performance, education, and appreciation of choral art.

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Fairfax Choral Society Invites the public to 3 Upcoming Concerts:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Faifax-Choral-Society-spring.jpgSpring Follies!  Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
The final concert of the Central Campus Youth concert season will celebrate the songs of the stage. This concert format, now in its 9th year, offers students an opportunity to essentially design their own concert - they pick the music, choreograph the selections, find the costumes, and prepare the arrangements. The directors give guidance, but their job is really behind the scenes. It is a wonderful thing to see the personalities and creativity of this great group of young people! You won't be disappointed, I assure you!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Fairfax-Choral-society-broadway.jpgBroadway Goes Choral!  Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Many bright lights illuminated New York's theatre district as "The Great White Way." Now, the bright lights come down to Northern Virginia as the Fairfax Choral Society presents Broadway Goes Choral. The voices of the Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers, Concert Choir, and soloists, along with a full symphony orchestra, will light up the night with works from your favorite musicals, featuring shows by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Meredith Wilson, to name only a few. Come hear the richness, depth, and grandness that hundreds of singers will lend to these musical treasures from the Broadway state.

b2ap3_thumbnail_fairfax-choral-society-nature.jpgThe Song That Nature Sings,  Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm
The culminating concert of the season for the West and South Campus Youth Choirs will feature songs about the beauty, whimsy, mystery, and sanctuary found in nature. Attend this tribute to the majesty that surrounds us each day.

For more information or tickets, visit www.fairfaxchoralsociety.org
Or contact: office@fairfaxchoralsociety.org or 703-642-3277

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CAH_logo-color.jpgA Q & A WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS

Council for the Arts of Herndon is pleased to announce that Lisa Gold, Executive Director of the Washington Project for the Arts, (the WPA), will be joining us for this month's Creative Connections event! This FREE event will begin with a brief presentation on the WPA and how to better network and promote your art and career, followed by ample time for discussion and Q & A.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm April 23
ArtSpace Herndon
750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170
http://herndonarts.org/creative-connections-network-better-to-promote-your-art-and-career/

Lisa Gold has been with the WPA since 2009, when she was appointed the Executive Director.........

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1ststage-award-1.jpgThree professional Fairfax theatres — 1st Stage, Creative Cauldron, and Hub Theatre — were presented with four Helen Hayes Awards on April 6, 2015 at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.

The prestigious annual awards, presented by theatreWashington, recognize and celebrate
outstanding efforts in professional theatre throughout the Washington region.

Judges reviewed 2,435 pieces of work from 50 regional theatres. From these submissions, 264 artists, ensembles, and productions from 31 theatres received nominations of which awards were presented in 49 categories.

The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play-HELEN Production:
Doug Wilder, "One Man, Two Guvnors", 1st Stage

Outstanding Director of a Musical-HELEN Production:
Steven Royal, "Bat Boy: The Musical", 1st Stage

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical-HELEN Production:
Alan Naylor, "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris", Creative Cauldron

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production
Maggie Erwin, "Failure: A Love Story", The Hub Theatre

Image Credit:  Steven Royal, Outstanding Director of a Musical for "Bat Boy: The Musical" at 1st Stage; Photo courtesy of theatreWashington.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_RCO-youth-concert.jpgJoin Reston Community Orchestra for an afternoon of family-friendly music, including youth soloists and musician and storyteller, Pamela Ferguson.  A joyful concert for the young and the young at heart.  Free Admission • Tickets Required.

Youth Concert
4:00 pm Sunday May 17, 2015
Center Stage – Reston Community Center
2310 Colts Neck Rd, Reston VA 20191
http://restoncommunityorchestra.org/free-concert-series/annual-concert-for-youth/

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Workhouse-farmers-market.jpgThe Workhouse Arts Center presents its 2015 Farmers Market, running from early May through mid-September with an optional fall season to follow, from early October to late November. The market is Sundays, from 1-5pm, and will run concurrently with our "Stars on Sunday" performance series and all other regular Sunday Workhouse activities. Stop by each Sunday for an afternoon of family fun and fresh wares!

For more information please Contact Moria Nisbet at 703-584-2986 or by email at morianisbet@workhousearts.org or visit our website www.workhousearts.org.

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