ArtsFairfax Awards Over $400,000 to Fairfax Arts & Culture Organizations

ArtsFairfax Awards Over $400,000 to Fairfax Arts & Culture Organizations

ArtsFairfax Awards Over $400,000 to Fairfax Arts & Culture Organizations

ArtsFairfax Awards Over $400,000 to  

Fairfax Arts & Culture Organizations 



Fairfax, VA (September 6, 2022) – ArtsFairfax, the nonprofit designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency, today announces over $400,000 in Operating Support Grants to 44 nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church.   


Operating Support Grants are foundational to the stability of Fairfax nonprofit arts and culture organizations by providing County funds, distributed by ArtsFairfax, for the basic operation of invaluable programs, services, and facilities these organizations provide to Fairfax County area residents.    


“As ArtsFairfax’s largest grant program, Operating Support Grants are a significant investment in the local arts economy, empowering a broad spectrum of Fairfax cultural organizations to become more resilient, stable, and poised for growth,” says Linda Sullivan, ArtsFairfax President & CEO.   


Applications were reviewed by a distinguished group of panelists with arts and administrative expertise. $436,767 was awarded to 44 organizations representing all nine Fairfax County magisterial districts and all arts disciplines. 


FY23 ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grants by the Numbers  

$436,767 awarded to 44 organizations 

65% of the applicant organizations are led by women   

13% are led by Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC)  

9 magisterial districts represented  

6 first-time applicants  



FY2023 ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grant Recipients 

Organization  District  Discipline 
1st Stage  Providence  Theater 
Acting For Young People  Braddock  Arts Education 
Amadeus Concerts  Dranesville  Instrumental Music 
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras  Mason  Arts Education 
ArtLords/Wartists  Providence  Visual Arts 
Arts Herndon Inc.  Dranesville  Multidisciplinary/Arts Services 
BalletNova Center for Dance  Mason  Dance 
Cappies of the National Capitol Area (NCA)  Dranesville  Theater 
City of Fairfax Band Association  City of Fairfax  Instrumental Music 
City of Fairfax Theatre Company  City of Fairfax  Theater 
Creative Cauldron  City of Falls Church  Theater 
Fairfax Choral Society  Mason  Vocal Music/Opera 
Fairfax Jubil-Aires  City of Fairfax  Vocal Music/Opera 
Fall for the Book, Inc  Braddock  Literature 
Falls Church Arts, Inc.  City of Falls Church  Visual Arts 
Gin Dance Company  Hunter Mill  Dance 
Iranian American Community Center  Providence  Multidisciplinary/Arts Services 
Jazz4Justice  City of Fairfax  Instrumental Music 
Mosaic Harmony  Providence  Vocal Music/Opera 
Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre  Mount Vernon  Arts Education 
Music for Life  Braddock  Arts Education 
New Dominion Chorale  Dranesville  Vocal Music/Opera 
NextStop Theatre Company  Dranesville  Theater 
Northern Virginia Players  Braddock  Theater 
Providence Players of Fairfax  Mason  Theater 
Public Art Reston  Hunter Mill  Visual Arts 
Reston Community Players  Dranesville  Theater 
Smart House Movie, LLC  Lee  Film 
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art  Hunter Mill  Visual Arts 
The Choralis Foundation  Providence  Vocal Music/Opera 
The Fairfax Ballet Company  Sully  Dance 
The McLean Project for the Arts (MPA)  Dranesville  Visual Arts 
The Reston Chorale  Hunter Mill  Vocal Music/Opera 
The Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble, Inc.  Hunter Mill  Instrumental Music 
Traveling Players Ensemble, Inc.  Providence  Arts Education 
Vienna Arts Society  Hunter Mill  Visual Arts 
Vienna Choral Society (VCS)  Hunter Mill  Vocal Music/Opera 
Vietnamese Literary and Artistic Club (VLAC)             Dranesville  Literature 
Virginia Chamber Orchestra  Dranesville  Instrumental Music 
Virginia Winds Academy, Inc.  Springfield  Arts Education 
VOCE, INC.  Hunter Mill  Vocal Music/Opera 
Washington West Film Festival  Hunter Mill  Film 
We Rock Cancer  Dranesville  Vocal Music/Opera 
Workhouse Arts Center  Mount Vernon  Multidisciplinary/Arts Services 


ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grants are awarded annually to arts organizations of all disciplines for up to 15% of their general operating expenses with a cap at $50K. Applications are reviewed and scored by an independent grant panel comprised of local professionals with expertise in various arts disciplines, knowledge of grant practice, or knowledge of the Fairfax community. To ensure transparency of ArtsFairfax grantmaking practices, all panel reviews are made accessible to the applicants and general public.  


About ArtsFairfax 

ArtsFairfax is the nonprofit designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency. Dedicated to the belief that arts are essential to a thriving community, the ArtsFairfax mission is to expand support for and access to arts and culture opportunities for Fairfax County’s more than 1.2 million residents. By offering informational, financial, and programmatic services, ArtsFairfax promotes the role of arts and culture to deepen social engagement, create a sense of place, and fuel economic growth. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) since 1964, ArtsFairfax provides these services to all who contribute to and experience arts in Fairfax County, and is funded in part by the County, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as corporations, foundations, and individuals. 


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