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Art Challenges People’s Thoughts on Race

Art Challenges People’s Thoughts on Race

The death of George Floyd launched a movement to stand up, speak up, and take action against racism in our communities.  Watching the recent attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities illustrated a harsh reminder that racism is still prevalent in today’s world. Artists have always used art to help heal communities...

Put Creatives Workers to Work

Put Creatives Workers to Work

The creativity of the creative workforce fuels our local and national economies. At the height of the pandemic, it was creativity that inspired us to try new things, entertained us, and eased our anxiety and sorrow. Creativity thrived, but creative workers faced unemployment at unprecedented rates. According to a study done by John Hopkins University,...

American Rescue Plan Grants Announced

American Rescue Plan Grants Announced

The arts and culture in our communities are a vital part of our economic recovery. This past year, the arts have guided and inspired our nation during the global pandemic. It came at a cost as venues and programs were the first to shutter or pivot to online and will be one of the last industries to...

Diversity and Equity in the Arts 

Diversity and Equity in the Arts 

ArtsFairfax WORK-SMART Series  ArtsFairfax workshops and webinars are learning opportunities for artists, arts administrators, and arts organizations to gain new skills, knowledge, and connections to further their personal and organizational goals, and build the capacity of the arts.  In 2020, ArtsFairfax launched the WORK-SMART workshop series to meet identified development needs within our community. The...

ArtsFairfax Thanks the Arts for Their Support During the COVID Crisis

ArtsFairfax Thanks the Arts for Their Support During the COVID Crisis

A Strong Arts Community Helps Fairfax Survive and Thrive  It’s been over a year since the world, as we knew it, came to an abrupt stop. While doors closed and venues shuttered, Fairfax County artists and art organizations used innovation and creativity to share art offerings that entertained, educated, soothed our grief, and kept us...

Relief and Recovery for the Arts 

Relief and Recovery for the Arts 

Relief and Recovery for the Arts  President Biden’s signing of the American Rescue Plan is a major step toward recovery and building back America. This bill and federal leaders’ support of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants are critically needed relief for our community. While these are big steps forward, much is still needed for the...

The Arts in Our Community

The Arts in Our Community

Spring is around the corner, and we are anxiously taking steps to reopen our economy. As we look toward a better 2021, we cannot forget the pandemic’s financial impact on the arts community. The arts quickly pivoted from in-person to online shows. This shift helped us engage, educate, and create a community during the most...

Next Steps for NextStop Theatre Company

Next Steps for NextStop Theatre Company

By Amy Ginsburg, From a Capacity Partners Case Study As Covid-19 crashed into our area a year ago, the arts faced unique challenges as stages went dark and classes moved to virtual platforms. Professional theaters, such as the NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon, VA, were thrust into unfamiliar, unprecedented circumstances. Not every arts organization survived,...

The Art of Inspiration: 2021 Edition

The Art of Inspiration: 2021 Edition

The Art of Inspiration: 2021 Edition If 2020 has left you feeling gloomy and uninspired, you’re not alone. Between social distancing, missed events, and an endless news cycle of disheartening statistics, communities across the country are feeling the stress. Yet hope springs eternal, and the new year offers all of us a chance to hit...

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