About the Arts Awards

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Opening remarks at the 2012 Arts Awards luncheon by Supervisor Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Photography by Kaveh Sardari.

The Arts Council of Fairfax County celebrates outstanding support of the arts at its annual Arts Awards. This event recognizes the extraordinary contributions of artists and arts organizations, and the individuals, businesses, and foundations in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church that support them.

The 2017 Arts Awards took place on Friday, October 20, 2017 from noon to 2pm at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA. The awardees were selected by the Arts Council and community representatives. Nominations were received from the public.

Past Awardees

The 2017 Arts Awards

Dewberry – Jinx Hazel Arts Award
Daniel Sheehy – Arts Achievement Award
Washington West Film Festival – Emerging Arts Award
Todd Hitt – Arts Philanthropy Award

The 2016 Arts Awards

Dominion Resources Services – Jinx Hazel Arts Award
Fairfax Choral Society – Arts Education Award
George Washington's Mount Vernon – Arts Impact Award
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – Arts Philanthropy Award

The 2015 Arts Awards

Earle C. Williams – Jinx Hazel Arts Award
Rebecca Kamen – Arts Achievement Award
Vienna Jammers – Arts Impact Award
Richard Hausler, Insight Property Group LLC – Arts Philanthropy Award

The 2014 Arts Awards

Bill Reeder and Richard Kamenitzer – Jinx Hazel Arts Award
CAPPIES of the National Capital Area – Arts Education Award
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) – Arts Impact Award
Pat and Steve Macintyre – Arts Philanthropy Award

The 2013 Arts Awards

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

The 2012 Arts Awards

John T. “Til” and Anne Hazel – Jinx Hazel Arts Award
McLean Project for the Arts – Arts Education Award
Initiative for Public Art - Reston – Arts Impact Award
EnviroSolutions, Inc. – Arts Philanthropy Award

Awards Categories

Jinx Hazel Arts Award

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.

Arts Education Award

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.

Arts Achievement Award

The Arts Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements of an artist in any discipline, who has produced unique, creative, innovative concepts in their work, and has made a lasting contribution to their discipline. The artist must currently reside in Fairfax County, or the cities of Fairfax or Falls Church.

Arts Impact Award

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.

Emerging Arts Award

The Emerging Arts Award recognizes a new or young arts organization (less than 5 years in operation) that has presenting quality arts programming, engaging a broad sector of the community in the arts. This award will be given to an organization in any arts discipline, or multi-discipline, in Fairfax County or the cities of Fairfax or Falls Church.

Arts Philanthropy Award

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.

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From left to right: Angel Cabrera, President of George Mason University, Hector Alcade, founder and Chairman of Alcalde & Fay and board member of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, vice-chairman Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly, 11th District of Virginia;
2012 Arts Awards Luncheon at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner; Photography by Kaveh Sardari.