Save the Date!
The sixth annual Arts Awards were held on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel in Falls Church, VA. The Arts Awards recognize the visionary contributions the arts bring to Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Through these awards, we bring 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.
Jinx Hazel Arts Award Honoree, Dewberry
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.
Arts Philanthropy Award Honoree, Todd Hitt
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.
Arts Achievement Award Honoree, Daniel Sheehy
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, 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 Honoree, 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.