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2016 NEA Awards Go to 5 Fairfax County-based Arts Organizations

Congratulations to the Fairfax County-based arts organizations receiving a 2016 Challenge America Fast-Track or Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The NEA granted a total of $200,000 to American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

The Arts Council of Fairfax County has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Chairman Jane Chu for a $40,000 Art Works award for the Arts Council’s Imagine Art Here initiative at Seven Corners and Springfield. Imagine Art Here will both elicit a vision for the role of the arts in the community and collect resident, workforce, and visitor feedback on the type of facilities, public art and related arts amenities desired at both locations. The input from the Imagine Art Here initiative will inform the Master Arts Plan (MAP) being spearheaded by the Arts Council on behalf of the County.

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"We are just delighted to receive this NEA grant to bring Imagine Art Here to the communities of Seven Corners and Springfield," said Linda Sullivan, president & CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County. "It’s all about engaging the public in a dialogue on art and arts amenities for their community — and we get to engage artists in producing temporary public art in highly visible locations." 

Anticipated start date for both projects are summer of 2016 with installations and engagement taking place in 2017.

To find information on all NEA grant awardees, visit

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