• Strauss Artist Grant recipient Foon Sham
    Strauss Artist Grant recipient Foon Sham House of Identity; 2006; 7.5' x 11' x 9.5'; pine and phone books
  • Christopher K. Morgan & Artists perform at The Alden in McLean.
    Christopher K. Morgan & Artists perform at The Alden in McLean. Photo Copyright: Brianne Bland
  • Patrons enjoying sculptures at artist Greg Story’s booth at  the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston.
    Patrons enjoying sculptures at artist Greg Story’s booth at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston. Greater Reston Arts Center
  • "The 39 Steps" performed at NextStop Theatre in Herndon. Photo Copyright: Rebekah Purcell
  • "Primo Primal" performed by Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company Photo Copyright: Linda Helms Photography
  • Strauss Artist Grant recipient Diane Coburn Bruning
    Strauss Artist Grant recipient Diane Coburn Bruning “Boots" in performance by Ballett Magdeburg in Germany in 2011;
    Photo Copyright: Nilz Bohme
  • Aerial view of  the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna.
    Aerial view of the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna. An outdoor performing arts amphitheater with a 7,000 combined in-house and lawn seating capacity.
  • City of Fairfax Band Association (CFBA)
    City of Fairfax Band Association (CFBA) Ensemble members perform in Fairfax County, the greater Northern Virginia, and Washington DC metropolitan area.

2017 Arts Awards

2016 Arts Awards Sharon Bulova

The sixth annual Arts Awards will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel in Falls Church, VA. The Arts Awards recognize the visionary contributions the arts bring to Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Through these awards, we bring together the arts, business, civic communities, and our elected leadership to celebrate artistic excellence, outstanding achievements, and dedication to the cultural life in our community. For more information, click here.
Photo Credit: Neshan Naltchayan

2017 Creative Aging Festival

Emmanual Kofi Dennis FY16 Photo of African Drumming and Poly Rhythms
Emmanuel (Kofi) Dennis presents African Drumming and Poly Rhythms during the 2016 Creative Aging Festival.

Photo Credit: Arts Council of Fairfax County        

Fairfax County, VA – The Arts Council of Fairfax County is delighted to partner with Fairfax County for the 2017 Creative Aging Festival during the month of May, coinciding with Older Americans Month. The Creative Aging Festival celebrates older adults’ participation in the arts across Fairfax County through visual, music, theatre, dance, literary, and culinary arts activities. See the full press release here. 

Accomplished Teaching Artists Introduce Students to Urban Storytelling, Cultural Landscape Painting, and Blues Music

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The 2016-2017 Artists from Left to Right: Helen Pafumi, Michela Mansuino, and Curtis Mailloux.        

Fairfax County, VA – The Arts Council of Fairfax County has placed three Fairfax artists at middle schools throughout Fairfax County as a part of the Artist Residency Program. The artists are connecting theatre, visual art and music with the core study areas of language arts, civics, social studies and creative writing to offer students engaging, unique and innovative learning experiences. See the full press release here. 

The Arts Council Celebrates Local Arts Advocacy Day

The Arts Council Celebrates Local Arts Advocacy DayPhoto Credit: Tom Eisman.

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, over 40 local arts advocates gathered at Fairfax County’s public hearings for the FY2018 proposed budget to show their support for the arts and encourage County arts funding. Overall, the day featured nine compelling testimonies focusing on how the arts improve quality of life and create places where people want to be in the community. We were thrilled that the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan School for the Arts, and BalletNova also provided inspiring and joy-inducing music, drama, and dance performances respectively. Click here to watch the speakers and performances. The Fairfax County arts supporters run from 3:10:20 to 3:46:42.

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