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.
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
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. Buy your tickets today!
The Jinx Hazel Arts 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 our region. The award recognizes an individual or organization who exhibits substantial dedication to the arts and community and whose vision as well as commitment has played an important role to the quality of life in Fairfax County.
The 2017 Jinx Hazel Arts Award was presented to Dewberry for its ongoing support of the arts, education, and contributions to engineering, planning, and design in Fairfax County.
The 2017 Jinx Hazel Arts Award was sponsored by Dominion Energy.
The Arts Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements of an artist in any discipline who has produced unique, creative, innovative concepts, and made a lasting contribution to his or her discipline.
The 2017 Arts Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Daniel E. Sheehy,Â a local musician, musicologist, educator, historian, and author who has devoted his life to ethnomusicology and to helping the world understand itself better by experiencing its diverse music and cultures.
The 2017 Arts Achievement Award was sponsored by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.
Emerging Arts Award: Washington West Film Festival
The Emerging Arts Award recognizes a new or young arts organization that presents quality arts programming and engages a broad sector of the community.
The 2017 Emerging Arts Award was presented to the Washington West Film Festival, an organization that emerged in 2011 as Fairfax’s first professional film festival organization with a mission to celebrate the transformative power of film.
The Emerging Arts Award was sponsored by the Reston Community Center for the 2017 Arts Awards.
The Arts Philanthropy Award acknowledges private sector support of the arts 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 Fairfax community.
The 2017 Arts Philanthropy Award was presented to Todd Hitt for his committment to enhancing the economic and cultural vibrancy of the Northern Virginia region, where he works after growing up in the area.
The Arts Philanthropy Award was sponsored by Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello at the 2017 Arts Awards.
2018 Honorary Committee
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
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