Arts Awards

Join us at the 2018 Arts Awards!

The Arts Awards will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel in Falls Church, VA. Support the arts through ARTSFAIRFAX’s 2018 Arts Awards by becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or making a donation.

Event Overview

The Arts Awards bring together the arts community, business community, civic and elected leaders to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of artists, arts organizations, and the private sector for supporting the arts in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church.

2018 Honorees
  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award: Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
  • Arts Education Award: American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras
  • Arts Impact Award: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
  • Arts Philanthropy Award: Virginia McGehee Friend
  • Featuring Tom Davis as Master of Ceremonies

About the Arts Awards

The honorees are selected by ARTSFAIRFAX and community representatives. Nominations are open to the public.

This award is named in honor of Mrs. Til (Jinx) Hazel, whose love and dedication to the arts was unflagging, greatly contributing to the cultural life in Fairfax County. This award recognizes an individual or organization who exhibits such dedication to the arts and community, and whose vision and commitment has played a significant role in the quality of life in Fairfax County.

The Arts Education Award recognizes an arts organization, or individual arts educator, that has provided superlative arts education opportunities, experiences, or training for youth, students of all ages, or emerging artists.

The Arts Impact Award recognizes an arts organization of any discipline for an arts program or activity that has provided significant opportunity or impact based on the quality or transformational nature of the program and the breadth of individuals served.

The Arts Philanthropy Award acknowledges private sector support of the arts in Fairfax County and/or the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, by honoring an individual, corporation or foundation that has provided leadership funding or long-term monetary support to an arts organization or arts program in the community.


Arts Community Sponsors

The Arts Awards recognize the visionary contributions the arts bring to Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Through these awards,ARTSFAIRFAX brings 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.

Join us for the 2018 Arts Awards on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 12 noon 2pm at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA. The awardees were selected by ARTSFAIRFAX and community representatives. Nominations were received from the public.
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2018 Honorees

2018 Honorary Committee

U.S. Senate

  • Senator Timothy M. Kaine
  • Senator Mark R. Warner


Senate of Virginia

  • Senator George L. Barker
  • Senator Adam P. Ebbin
  • Senator Barbara A. Favola
  • Senator Janet D. Howell
  • Senator David W. Marsden
  • Senator John “Chap” Petersen
  • Senator Richard L. Saslaw
  • Senator Scott A. Surovell


City & Town Mayors

  • Mayor David L. Meyer, City of Fairfax
  • Mayor David Tarter, City of Falls Church
  • Mayor Lisa C. Merkel, Town of Herndon
  • Mayor Laurie DiRocco, Town of Vienna

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Congressman Donald S. Beyer, Jr.
  • Congresswoman Barbara J. Comstock
  • Congressman Geral E. Connolly


Virginia House of Delegates

  • Delegate Jennifer B. Boysko
  • Delegate David L. Bulova
  • Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
  • Delegate Timothy D. Hugo
  • Delegate Mark L. Keam
  • Delegate L. Kaye Kory
  • Delegate Paul E. Krizek
  • Delegate Mark Levine
  • Delegate Alfonso H. Lopez
  • Delegate Kathleen Murphy
  • Delegate Kenneth R. Plum
  • Delegate Mark D. Sickles
  • Delegate Mark Simon
  • Delegate Richard C. Sullivan, Jr.
  • Delegate Vivian E. Watts

Virginia Executive Office

  • Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

  • Chairman Sharon Bulova
  • Supervisor John C. Cook
  • Supervisor John W. Foust
  • Supervisor Penelope A. Gross
  • Supervisor Pat S. Herrity
  • Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins
  • Supervisor Jeffery C. McKay
  • Supervisor Kathy L. Smith
  • Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth
  • Supervisor Daniel G. Storck


Fairfax County Executive

  • Bryan Hill

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