About Us

ADVANCING CREATIVITY FOR A PROSPEROUS FAIRFAX COUNTY

Previously known as the Arts Council of Fairfax County, we are now doing business as ARTSFAIRFAX. The Arts Council of Fairfax County remains our legal name. ARTSFAIRFAX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, incorporated in 1964 as Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency. ARTSFAIRFAX is funded in part by Fairfax County, as well as corporations, foundations, individuals, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mission

ARTSFAIRFAX is the voice of the arts, dedicated to fostering dynamic and diverse local arts, ensuring that arts thrive by providing vision, leadership, capacity building services, advocacy, funding, education, and information.

 

vision

The arts fuel a thriving, creative, and economically strong community in Fairfax County.

our Values

The arts are transformative and fundamental to our lives, developing expression and analytic skills in people of all ages.

The arts promote social engagement and understanding that connect people of different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

The arts are essential to building communities, creating a sense of place, and fueling social and economic growth.

In order to thrive, the arts need an investment mix of public, private and consumer resources.

What we do

Advancing Creativity for a Prosperous Fairfax County by:

  • Ensuring a vibrant arts community that creates a sense of place, fuels social and economic growth, and unites people of diverse backgrounds to attract business, residents, and visitors to Fairfax County
  • Supporting the production and presentation of the arts in all disciplines by distributing approximately $500,000 annually in grants
  • Fueling economic impact and the creative economy of Fairfax County, empowering the arts to produce nearly $300 million in economic activity, provide over 6,200 full-time equivalent jobs, and generate approximately $20 million in local and state government revenue each year
  • Enhancing Fairfax County’s global reputation by supporting nationally and internationally recognized arts programs, developing unique, creative experiences for social and community engagement
  • Advocating for increased arts funding that builds programs and audiences
  • Helping to make Fairfax County a place where people want to live, work and play