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Join ArtsFairfax for the 2021 Arts Awards

The Arts Awards bring together the arts community, business community, and civic and elected leaders to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of artists, arts organizations, and the private sector for the support of the arts in our community. Each year honorees are selected by their peers within the community and celebrated at an awards luncheon. ArtsFairfax congratulates this year’s honorees: Jinx Hazel Awardee – National Museum of the United States Army; Arts Education Awardees – Traveling Players Ensemble and artist Kelli Schollard-Sincock; Arts Impact Awardee – 1st Stage; and Arts Philanthropy Awardee – Reston Town Center Association.

ArtsFairfax welcomes the community to celebrate the 2021 Arts Awards on October 15, 2021 from noon until 2:00 The Atrium at Capital One Hall. More information to come or contact Claire Renn to support the Arts Awards.

For the safety of our guests, ArtsFairfax will require all guests to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test (within 48 hours) to attend the Arts Awards event. Once your attendance is confirmed, you will be contacted by a member of our staff with more information. In addition, we will require masks in Capital One Hall, except when eating or drinking. For questions, please email Claire Renn at Your health and safety are our highest priority and we hope that these measures instill confidence and ensure an enjoyable event for all attendees.

Thank you!

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Award Categories

Arts Impact Award

Arts Impact Award recognizes an arts organization, program, or activity which has provided a significant opportunity or impact through their transformational program and individuals served.

Jinx Hazel Award

Jinx Hazel Award is ArtsFairfax’s premier award recognizing an individual or organization whose vision and commitment has helped shaped the cultural life of Fairfax County.

Thank you to the 2021 Arts Awards Honorary Committee

U.S. Senate

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

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 P. David Tarter, City of Falls Church
  • Mayor Sheila A. Olem, Town of Herndon
  • Mayor Linda J. Colbert, Town of Vienna

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Congressman Gerald E. Connolly
  • Congresswoman Jennifer T. Wexton

Virginia House of Delegates

  • Delegate David L. Bulova
  • Delegate Karrie K. Delaney
  • Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
  • 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 Ibraheem S. Samirah
  • Delegate Mark D. Sickles
  • Delegate Mark Simon
  • Delegate Richard C. Sullivan, Jr.
  • Delegate Kathy Tran
  • Delegate Vivian E. Watts

Virginia Executive Office

  • Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

  • Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay
  • Supervisor Penelope A. Gross
  • Supervisor James R. Walkinshaw
  • Supervisor John W. Foust
  • Supervisor Walter L. Alcorn
  • Supervisor Rodney L. Lusk
  • Supervisor Dalia A. Palchik
  • Supervisor Pat Herrity
  • Supervisor Kathy L. Smith

Fairfax County Executive

  • Bryan Hill

ArtsFairfax Past Honorees

The 2019 honorees:

  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award – The Honorable Sharon Bulova
  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award – Margaret and Shashi Gupta
  • Arts Achievement Award – Foon Sham
  • Emerging Arts Award – NextStop Theatre Company
  • Arts Philanthropy Award – Stephen Roberts

The 2016 honorees:

  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award – Dominion Resources, Inc.
  • Arts Impact Award – George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • Arts Education Award – Fairfax Choral Society
  • Arts Philanthropy Award – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The 2013 honorees:

  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award – Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
  • Emerging Arts Award – Riverbend Opera Company
  • Arts Achievement Award – Kathryn Fredgren
  • Arts Philanthropy Award – Cityline Partners

The 2018 honorees:

  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award – Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
  • Arts Impact Award – Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
  • Arts Education Award – American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras
  • Arts Philanthropy Award – Virginia McGehee Friend

The 2015 honorees:

  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award – Earle C. Williams
  • Emerging Arts Award – Vienna Jammers
  • Arts Achievement Award – Rebecca Kamen
  • Arts Philanthropy Award – Richard Hausler

The 2012 honorees:

  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award – Mr. John Til Hazel and Anne Hazel
  • Arts Impact Award – IPAR
  • Arts Education Award – McLean Project for the Arts
  • Arts Philanthropy Award – EnviroSolutions

The 2017 honorees:

  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award – Dewberry
  • Emerging Arts Award – Washington West Film Festival
  • Arts Achievement Award – Dan Sheehey
  • Arts Philanthropy Award – Todd Hitt

The 2014 honorees:

  • Jinx Hazel Arts Award – Bill Reeder & Richard Kamenitzer
  • Arts Impact Award – GRACE
  • Arts Education Award – Cappies of the National Capitol Area
  • Arts Philanthropy Award – Pat & Steve Macintyre