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The arts provide social, cultural, and entertainment value and have a significant impact on the economy. Art fuels our communities, provides educational and growth opportunities for all ages, and serves as a primary way to preserve and celebrate our diverse cultures.

Join ArtsFairfax as we illuminate the real financial, cultural and emotional impact of arts and culture where we live. As the nonprofit designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency, we work hard to build relationships and inform local, state, and federal agencies and elected officials on the policies, initiatives, and funding our communities need to thrive.

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Arts & Economy

ArtsFairfax has partnered with Americans for the Arts on Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), the sixth national study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. Data from this research empowers us and our fellow arts advocates across the country to share with our elected officials how the arts provide jobs, spending, and vitality to our communities.

Part of a national study, the report will capture events-related spending by audiences attending performances, festivals, book readings, concerts, and other cultural activities. We believe this important research tool will demonstrate that when we invest our dollars in the arts, we are investing in an industry that strengthens our local economy.

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Arts & Economic Prosperity Update!

Right now survey data is being compiled, organized, and analyzed. National findings will be announced this October. Stay tuned for more from ArtsFairfax.

2023 Budget Presentation for FY24

A large group of people stand in an atrium for Fairfax Arts Advocacy Day

This year’s Fairfax Arts Advocacy Day demonstrated to the Board of Supervisors and our community peers that arts and culture are indeed transformative. We express deep gratitude to this year’s speakers: Jesse Benites, Director of Property Management, Tysons Corner Center; Hannah Joo, Curator and Founder, Community Art for Everyone; Ann Sica, Board Development Chair, Virginia Chamber Orchestra (VCO); and a performance by Osman Kivrak, VCO Principal Violist

2022 Budget Presentation for FY23

Jaynelle Hazard of Tephra ICA testifies at ArtsFairfax Advocacy Day

President & CEO Linda S. Sullivan was joined by Skip Chaples (Music for Life); Jaynelle Hazard (Tephra ICA); Evan Kaufman (Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation); A. Scott Wood and a live cello performance by student soloist Christopher Tate (Amadeus Concerts); and an original poem read by inaugural Fairfax Poet Laureate, Nicole Tong.

2021 Budget Presentation for FY22

In place of annual testimony and a performance from the art community, ArtsFairfax partnered with community arts organizations and artists to present a video compilation of work created during the COVID-19 shutdown. The message is a poem created by teaching artist and master poetess Tammarrah Addison with direction by visual director and filmmaker Catherine Bobalek.

2020 Budget Presentation for FY21

The arts are people, and it is people who fill our lives with art, creating our vibrant and engaging community. Please enjoy meeting a few of the many individuals committed to the arts in Fairfax.