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The arts provide social, cultural, and entertainment value and have a significant impact on the economy. Art helps our communities thrive, provides educational and growth opportunities for all ages, and serves as a primary way to preserve and celebrate our diverse cultures. The community’s support is critical to ensuring the arts are strong and vibrant.

Educating the public and elected officials on the arts’ real financial, cultural, and emotional impact is the primary goal for all arts advocates. Arts advocacy allows you to share your views, opinions, success stories and struggles with elected officials who make decisions that impact your arts community or organization.

Effective advocacy depends on your continuous education and communication with decision-makers at the local, state, and federal levels. Join ArtsFairfax as we educate local, state, and federal agencies and elected officials on the policies, initiatives, and funding that impact the arts community. You can make a difference by speaking for the arts in our community. Find your representatives today or contact Dana Stewart at to get involved.

ArtsFairfax 2021 Budget Presentation

On April 14, 2020, ArtsFairfax President & CEO Linda S. Sullivan presented official testimony to the Board of Supervisors for the Fiscal Year 2022 arts funding. 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, and visual director and filmmaker Catherine Bobalek direct the video.

We Are The Arts

On April 29, 2020, the arts community submitted official testimony to the Board of Supervisors for the Fiscal Year 2021 arts funding. COVID-19 is having disastrous financial consequences on the arts sector, an essential part of Fairfax’s local economy. 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.