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b2ap3_thumbnail_grace-profile-pic.jpgDIRECTOR of EDUCATION
Respond by July 25th

The Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE) seeks an experienced art education professional to lead the development and implementation of the Center's educational programming.

The Director of Education (full-time) reports to the Executive Director and provides leadership and vision for GRACE's educational programming. This position serves as a community liaison for GRACE, engaging the local and regional community in programming and educational initiatives.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_si-planetarium-show.jpg"Mind-Blowing Trip Through Space and Time—Set to Live Funky Jazz"
U.S. Navy Memorial Theater
July 25 & 26

Join David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist at the Library of Congress, and Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science along with the House Band of the Universe, as they offer a mind-blowing trip through space and time—set to live funky jazz.

Definitely not an ordinary planetarium show, this is an evening that's guaranteed to be "psychoastrobiofunkiliscious."  See our home in space from a cosmic perspective and search for clues to life.
Two showings:
7:00 - 9:00 pm, July 25 & 26
US Navy Memorial Theater
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Tickets Members $30, Non-member $42:  http://tinyurl.com/kmcbghg
Special Discount Tickets:  $15
How To Redeem Discount:
Login to SmithsonianAssociates.org using the Promo Code 205928 to purchase your discounted tickets. You must login before adding tickets to your cart to view any discounted ticket prices. If you do not already have an account with SmithsonianAssociates.org, create one.

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For organizations familiar with applying for an Organizational and Professional Development grant, you will notice a significant change in the FY15 O&PD guidelines and application – No match required.  Initially the grant required a two to one match by the applicant.  This meant that the Arts Council would provide no more than one-third of the total expenses of the proposed activity, program or project.  The Arts Council has received additional funding from Fairfax County, which does not require a match.  Therefore, the Arts Council is able to pass that benefit on to arts organizations throughout the county.   

The Organizational and Professional Development Grant Program grants are non-recurring grants used to support eligible nonprofit arts organizations in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church in developing the business aspect of the arts. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, staff training, strategic planning, board development, and financial management activities. These grants will not fund operating expenses. Organizational and Professional Development Grants are intended to support both established and developing arts organizations.

The application deadline for the FY15 Organizational and Professional Development grant is September 10, 2014. A grant preparation workshop will be held on August 5, 2014.  To  register, select the following link:


The guidelines and application are available online at http://artsfairfax.org/grants.

For questions, contact the grants department at
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Based on feedback from our survey, grants workshops will be held on weekdays at 12 noon.

Once we move to our new location (2667 Prosperity Ave in Merrifield), workshops will be held there as well.

Upcoming Grant Workshops

Organizational and Professional Development Webinar Workshop
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 12:00 noon

Please register by selecting the following link: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA57D981854C3A

Strauss Artist Grant Webinar Workshop
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:00 noon

Please register by selecting the following link: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA57D98185463A
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The Arts Council of Fairfax County is pleased to congratulate three new appointees by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Commission for the ArtsJay H. Dick, Jo Hodgin, and The Honorable Grace Han Wolf. These three individuals will serve five year terms and join other appointees on the 13 member commission.

We are pleased to have three outstanding arts advocates from our region recognized with appointments to the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  Each of these individuals has contributed to the arts locally, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and we are proud they will now be serving at the state level,” said Linda Sullivan, President and CEO, Arts Council of Fairfax County.

jay dickJay H. Dick is the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts where he works to educate and inform elected officials about the value of the arts and culture.  Having worked in the governmental affairs/advocacy arena for over 20 years, he is a nationally recognized expert and travels the country working with local and state arts leaders to establish strong and lasting arts advocacy programs.  He has served on the Board of the Arts Council of Fairfax County since 2008 where he chairs their advocacy committee.  Advocacy for the arts is his job, but also his passion.  Jay lives with his husband Chuck in Fairfax.  “The arts and culture are central to a healthy and vibrant state and our future successes will be based on how creative and innovative we are as a society.  I am proud to serve Virginia in advancing this concept of the creative economy and livable, vibrant communities throughout the Commonwealth," says Dick.

jo hodginJo Hodgin is the outgoing Director of Planning and Initiatives at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.  Recently retired after 21 years of service, Jo oversaw strategic planning and was responsible for Face of America, Wolf Trap’s celebration of National Parks, and Go Green with Wolf Trap, the organization’s environmental initiative.  Hodgin, a board member of the Arts Council of Fairfax County since 2005, is Co-Chair and currently oversees the Grants Committee.  “I see first-hand the fantastic job that local arts organizations do to enrich the lives of our local community and am pleased to be working on their behalf,” says Hodgin.

grace han wolfThe Honorable Grace Han Wolf is serving her third term on the Herndon Town Council.  She is the first Korean woman elected to office in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Wolf has been involved in the arts for many years as an active Board member and former leader of the Council for the Arts of Herndon and as a member of the Herndon Festival Committee.  Currently, she owns a small art business.  She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Fairfax County and will begin her term in July of 2014.  “As a former President of a local arts organization, I understand the critical need for state funding to assist organizations at all levels of providing our valued arts programming and I look forward to advocating and supporting our entire arts community across the Commonwealth,” says Wolf.  

The three new commissioners from northern Virginia will be working with Margaret Vanderhye, of McLean, who was appointed Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts in February of 2014.  We would also like to thank and recognize the outgoing northern Virginia commissioners Marcia Neuhaus Speck from Alexandria and Ann Edwards Rust from Herndon.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Virginia Commission for the Arts celebrates and champions artistic excellence and encourages growth in artistic creativity, quality and innovation. The Commission invests in the arts in the Commonwealth by supporting and encouraging full participation in a creative culture that will benefit all Virginians.

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Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles announced the opening date for Silver Line service.

“We have set the opening date for the Silver Line as Saturday, July 26,” said Sarles. “The five new Silver Line stations will open to customers at noon, and the first Silver Line train will depart Wiehle-Reston East, bound for Largo Town Center, at that time.”

The announcement of an opening date follows two weeks of progress by the Airports Authority and their contractor to resolve open work items. Sarles noted that there are still remaining items — such as obtaining Certificates of Occupancy — that are expected to be resolved prior to the opening date.

Silver Line trains will operate between Reston and Largo at the same frequency as most other lines. During rush hours, trains will run every 6 minutes; at off-peak times, trains will run every 12 to 20 minutes. Five new stations will be added to the system: McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East.

To finalize employee familiarization and confirm schedules, Metro plans to conduct a week of “simulated service,” starting Sunday, July 20. During the service simulation, Silver Line trains will run on the system without carrying passengers to or from the five new stations. However, the “simulation” trains will carry passengers between East Falls Church and Largo Town Center.

As a result of Silver Line service, riders at stations from East Falls Church to Court House will see trains arrive more frequently at all times, and riders from Rosslyn to Stadium-Armory will notice more frequent service outside rush hours. On the Blue Line, trains will operate every 12 minutes at all times of the day, and during rush hours, trains at Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church, will arrive and depart every 6 minutes.

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Below is an update from Virginians for the Arts on the FY15/16 state budget.

The Governor officially received the budget on Sunday, June 15 and has 7 days from that point to take action. The House will reconvene on Monday, June 23 after the Governor has taken action and the Senate is likely to return on Tuesday, June 24, but that date has not been confirmed.

Revised revenue estimates indicated that the biennial budget needed to be reduced by approximately $1.5 billion. As a result, much of the increased funding beyond the base budget was eliminated including spending increases to core functions such as public safety, public education, and health and human services.

Unfortunately these cuts included eliminating the $137,000 for the VCA to make capital improvements in central Virginia. Like most other programs this year, VCA did not receive any additional funding in the budget as a result of the substantial revenue shortfall. Because of the projected revenue shortfall, the General Assembly not only had to cut most of the planned spending increases but also had to tap into the state’s “rainy day fund,” utilizing $470 million in FY2015 and $237 million in FY2016. If a budget is not passed before July 1, those funds will not be available and significant cuts will have to be made in core services.

Important to note is that this budget does not include any version of Medicaid expansion and as a result the Governor has vowed that the fight over the budget is far from over. We expect that the Governor will likely not accept this budget in its current form which will lead to additional rounds of negotiations.

You can contact your legislators here.



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According to the Washington Post Metro officials took control of the Silver Line on Tuesday May 27, 2014, saying they have “a high level of confidence” they’ll be able to complete the necessary testing and training in time for a summer opening. “Obviously, we’re very pleased,” said Metro Deputy General Manger Rob Troup. “We would not have reached this [point] if we were not confident of being able to do the testing within the time frame.’’

If all goes according to their schedule the Silver Line could be opening in late July or early August. You can read the full Post article here.

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Music, Wine, and Food:  Celebrate them all this weekend!

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Great Tastes of Tysons is a new festival and offers a look at a more pedestrian friendly Tysons Corner.  Enjoy daily cooking presentations by top chefs from across the country at the Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival and family friendly activities at Springfield Days.  Perhaps the biggest offering this weekend is the Herndon Festival with music, arts and crafts vendors, children's activities, 5K and 10K races, carnival rides and fireworks. 

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nextstop-theatre-1Emerging company's second season features old favorites, new works, two musicals, and a dog!

Gideon's Knot
Gutenberg! The Musical
Love, Loss and What I Wore
Jesus Christ Superstar
A Man For All Seasons

Herndon, VA/Washington, DC- NextStop Theatre Company is proud to announce the line up for their 2014/15 main stage season. The second season for the DC area's most talked about new theatre company features an eclectic mixture of titles that includes a contemporary comedy, a period drama, two musicals, a long running Off-Broadway hit, and a regional premiere.

"We are so proud of the work in our inaugural season," said Producing Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann. "We raised the bar and the wonderful actors, directors, designers and technicians that joined us flew over it! With the next season, we will push ourselves even harder to present interesting and ambitious shows that highlight the talent of the professional artists in our community and the versatility that makes our space and company so unique."

The season begins in August with the DC-area premiere of the critically acclaimed drama Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams, co-produced with Forum Theatre of Silver Spring, MD. In October, NextStop will present A.R. Gurney's hilarious canine comedy, Sylvia. The season continues in 2015 with the two-man musical comedy Gutenberg! The Musical followed by Nora Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore. In the spring, the company will stage Andrew Lloyd Webber's epic Jesus Christ Superstar and then conclude the season with the Tony and Oscar Award-winning period drama, A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt.

Subscriptions for NextStop's 2014/15 season are on sale now. Both 4 and 6-show packages are available and start at just $99. Subscribers receive additional benefits including early access to performances, free unlimited ticket exchange, special discounts and an extra ticket to bring a friend to the regional premiere of Gidion's Knot for free. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling the box office at 866-811-4111 or by visiting www.NextStopTheatre.org.
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