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The arts community is always changing. ArtsFairfax captures and shares best practices and select resources to help arts organizations and artists address current issues and serve our community. 

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Fairfax County Master Arts Plans

ArtsFairfax works with Fairfax County on Master Arts Plans to expand community access to and engagement in arts and culture. The Master Arts Plans provide a blueprint for cultural facilities and for public art throughout the County to reflect its diversity, consider existing facilities, and anticipate future growth.

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Americans for the Arts Advocacy Hub 

Be an Arts Hero 

Performing Arts Alliance 

Virginians for the Arts 


Arts & Economy 

Virginians for the Arts: Support the Arts in Virginia 

Americans for the Arts: Why the Arts Matter in Virginia 

AEP5 Reports:


Arts Education 

“Setting the Stage: Practical Ideas for Implementing High-Quality Afterschool Arts Programs” by Research for Action, McClanahan Associates, Inc.

“2021 State Arts Agency Grant Making Facts: Arts Education” by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Creative Aging Resources by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Arts Education Field Guide by Americans for the Arts

Arts Education Navigator by Americans for the Arts in partnership with Vans Custom Culture

“Delineating the Benefits of Arts Education for Children’s Socioemotional Development” by WolfBrown

“Untapped Opportunity: Older Americans & the Arts” Culture Track report

“Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit” by National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts

Teach with Give by New Victory Theater

Museums and Creative Aging blog by American Alliance of Museums

“Accessibility: Creativity & Aging” by National Endowment for the Arts


Arts & Health 

“Arts, Health and Community Well-being” by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

“Health Benefits of the Arts Library of Studies” by Embracing Arlington Arts

“Arts in Health” by Americans for the Arts

“The Impact of Arts and Culture Agenda: Wellness” by Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

“How Making Art Helps Improve Mental Health” by Smithsonian Magazine

“How Art Can Heal” by American Scientist


Creative Placemaking & Public Art

“Creative Spaces Toolkit” by ArtsFairfax

“Public Art Network” by Americans for the Arts

“How to Do Creative Placemaking Guide” by National Endowment for the Arts

“10 Tips for Commissioning a Site-Specific Artwork for Businesses & Real Estate Developers” by Distill Creative

“10 Tips for Working with a Real Estate Developer or Business for Artists” by Distill Creative

“Public Art Project Budget Worksheet” by Forecast Public Art


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility


ArtsFairfax WORK-SMART Workshops 

Circa Webinars 


5 Tips for the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) During Challenging Times 

Making Systems Changes for Equity: A Conversation with McKnight’s David Nicholson 

The (White) Elephant in the (Board) Room: How White Board Members Can Step Up By Stepping Aside 

Five Questions Every Foundation Board Should Be Discussing Right Now 

Taking Action on Board Diversity: Five Questions to Get You Started 

A Guide to Gender Identity Terms 

What if Accessibility Was Also Inclusive? 

How to Build a Diverse Nonprofit Staff 

Your Employee Handbook: A Free Template 

How to Make Your Association’s Employee Handbook More Equitable 

Addressing Issues of Equity in Volunteerism: Where to Look & What to Do 

Resources on Diversifying Your Board of Directors 

Organizational assessments and self-assessments 

Race Forward: Racial Equity Impact Assessment 

Unite4Equity Equity Journey Quiz 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Organizational Assessment Tools: A Resource Guide  

ArtsFairfax DEIA Self-Assessment 


Equity in the Center – Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture 

D5Coalition – Analysis of Policies, Practices and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 


Emergency Planning 

Performing Arts Readiness Project 

DPlan: The Online Disaster Planning Tool 


Funding & Support 

Americans for the Arts’ Funding Guides

Fairfax County Public Libraries’ “Grants Research & Training Center”
A community resource for nonprofit organizations, students, artists and other individuals seeking foundation grant opportunities, the GRTC provides staff support and free access to the Candid electronic databases on grantmakers. GRTC Locations include the Reston Regional Library, Sherwood Regional Library, and Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library.


Marketing & Communications

WORK-SMART: Marketing Workshops
Hosted by ArtsFairfax, topics include:

  • Audience Development & Community Engagement
  • Branding & Digital Marketing
  • Tools of the Trade
  • What’s Next for the Arts and How to Plan for It

Content Marketing Institute 

“The Intersection of Funding, Marketing, and Audience Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” by SMU DataArts

“Stories Worth Telling” by Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication


Nonprofit Management & Strategic Planning


Brighter Strategies Resources


ArtReach Strategic Planning Resources

“Creative Alternatives to in-person arts-based activities” by Forecast Public Art


Survey Tools

ArtsFairfax Audience Survey Template for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

Google Forms

HubSpot’s Free Survey Maker

Qualtrics hosts a library of survey templates

Survey Monkey

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