By Dana C. Stewart / Special to the Fairfax County Times Jan 11, 2019 Updated Jan 11, 2019
Welcome to the first column dedicated to the arts in Fairfax County. It has long been known that the Fairfax County arts scene is a hidden gem treasured by residents, but its talent and vibrant offerings for professional artists, students and patrons make it a destination for everyone’s entertainment.
The Fairfax County arts community is brought together by ARTSFAIRFAX, a nonproﬁt organization incorporated to be Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency. ARTSFAIRFAX has been the voice of the arts since 1964. The organization rebranded in 2018 from the Arts Council of Fairfax County to better serve Fairfax County – growing exposure to the many arts opportunities in our community, increasing equity, inclusion and access to art for all.
ARTSFAIRFAX serves Fairfax residents and visitors, the arts community, local government and private sector arts supporters. ARTSFAIRFAX is your resource for Fairfax County art information. Our website provides an events calendar and a county arts directory helping you ﬁnd the arts in your community.
We work to strengthen our arts community by providing professional development workshops, job listings, public arts, and an Artist Residency Program in Fairfax County Public Schools. We aid the County by distributing county funds for the arts and collaborating on a Creative Aging Festival and County Master Arts Plan. Organizations funded in part by ARTSFAIRFAX’s grants oﬀer some exciting events in January. Don’t miss ArtSpace Herndon’s “Three Moves to Divine Exhibit,” NextStop Theatre’s “[title of show],” American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert, Reston Community Players’ “Superior Donuts” or 1st Stage Theater’s “The Brother’s Size” to highlight a few.
In Fiscal Year 2018, ARTSFAIRFAX awarded 64 grants in the following categories: Operating Support, Organizational and Professional Development, Project Support, Fast Track and Artist Grants. Fairfax County artists and arts organizations are encouraged to apply for FY20 funding. An Operating Support Grant information workshop will be held on Feb. 22.
The arts are an important part of our community. Each year, ARTSFAIRFAX strives to recognize the hard work, eﬀort and dedication of artists and those who support the arts through its annual Arts Awards luncheon in October. The Arts Awards brings together the arts, businesses, civic communities and elected leaders to celebrate the arts in Fairfax County. This year, ARTSFAIRFAX is accepting nominations from the public until Feb.14 in the following categories: Arts Philanthropy, Arts Achievement, and the Emerging Arts Awards. For more information and to learn how you can participate, visit the ARTSFAIRFAX website or call 571-395-4619.
ARTSFAIRFAX is funded by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit ARTSFAIRFAX.org to learn more about the arts in Fairfax, ﬁnd an arts event, information on applying for a grant, or submit an Arts Awards nomination.
Make participating in the arts your new year’s resolution and visit our column monthly to learn about the arts in Fairfax County.
Don’t forget to stay connected to the arts by following and tagging ARTSFAIRFAX on Facebook.