ARTSFAIRFAX Organizational and Professional Development Grant Information Session

Joins us to learn about FY21 Organizational Professional Development Grants and the new Next Step Grant category. In addition to $1,000-$5,000 grants for capacity building projects, one $25,000 grant will be awarded to an organization for a major capacity enhancement initiative which will include consultant support including an assessment to shape a strategic direction, evaluation process and next steps.

The Glasgow Print Society

Through the Glasgow Print Society ARTSFAIRFAX artist residency, students communicate their ideas about community and environment through poster design and printmaking.

Students discuss what being a member of a society means to them, and how they can empathize with one another through peer discussion and active listening within the society.

Students investigate what makes a school environment conducive for learning and how the environment connects to the school community as a whole. As members of the community, they explore ways by which they can and actually do impact their own learning environment.


Students recognize how graphic design affects environments and communities. They identify both positive and negative ways in which design can impact a community, through examining real world examples. This includes a selection of WWII posters, works by Shepard Fairey, and local publicity. They collectively break down and analyze these examples of graphic design by developing their understanding of how principles of design can be used to express ideas and meaning. They discuss how to find creative solutions to everyday problems through design thinking. This informs their thought process as they plan their own poster designs. Students learn about and apply methods of screen printing to create affirmation and motivational posters about the school community. They learn about screen printing processes, apply these approaches and learn how to recognize

Exploring Movement in Improvisation

This ARTSFAIRFAX theatrical residency offers students opportunities to practice effective communication active listening skills. By creating original, imaginative stories through improvisation, students learn and demonstrate the basic tenets of improv. Using techniques such as CRO/OW (character, relationship, objective, obstacle, and whereabouts) and a movement vocabulary based on the work of renowned theatrical movement practitioners, students will perform improvised scenes from beginning to end.

Students practice focus, risk-taking, and working as an ensemble by learning a series of warm-ups, exercises, and games. Using a movement vocabulary, students explore how movement and gesture impact character development and relationship within scenes. Students practice effective communication and active listening skills by working in pairs, small, and larger groups to create improvised scenes. Collaborating in small groups, students utilize creative and critical thinking skills to build scenes from a series of prompts from their classroom colleagues. Students offer feedback to their colleagues to deepen the understanding and practice of the theatrical concepts.

Fairfax County’s Hidden Gem – January

Fairfax County’s Hidden Gem

Special to the Fairfax County Times, Jan 11, 2019

Welcome to the first column dedicated to the arts in Fairfax County. It has long been known that the Fairfax County arts scene is a hidden gem treasured by residents, but its talent and vibrant offerings for professional artists, students and patrons make it a destination for everyone’s entertainment.


The Fairfax County arts community is brought together by ARTSFAIRFAX, a nonprofit organization incorporated to be Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency. ARTSFAIRFAX has been the voice of the arts since 1964. The organization rebranded in 2018 from the Arts Council of Fairfax County to better serve Fairfax County – growing exposure to the many arts opportunities in our community, increasing equity, inclusion and access to art for all.

ARTSFAIRFAX serves Fairfax residents and visitors, the arts community, local government and private sector arts supporters. ARTSFAIRFAX is your resource for Fairfax County art information. Our website provides an events calendar and a county arts directory helping you find the arts in your community.

We work to strengthen our arts community by providing professional development workshops, job listings, public arts, and an Artist Residency Program in Fairfax County Public Schools. We aid the County by distributing county funds for the arts and collaborating on a Creative Aging Festival and County Master Arts Plan. Organizations funded in part by ARTSFAIRFAX’s grants offer some exciting events in January. Don’t miss ArtSpace Herndon’s “Three Moves to Divine Exhibit,” NextStop Theatre’s “[title of show],” American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert, Reston Community Players’ “Superior Donuts” or 1st Stage Theater’s “The Brother’s Size” to highlight a few.

Operating Support Grant information workshop, Feb. 22

In Fiscal Year 2018, ARTSFAIRFAX awarded 64 grants in the following categories: Operating Support, Organizational and Professional Development, Project Support, Fast Track and Artist Grants. Fairfax County artists and arts organizations are encouraged to apply for FY20 funding. An Operating Support Grant information workshop will be held on Feb. 22.

Awards nominations from the public are accepted until Feb. 14

The arts are an important part of our community. Each year, ARTSFAIRFAX strives to recognize the hard work, effort and dedication of artists and those who support the arts through its annual Arts Awards luncheon in October. The Arts Awards brings together the arts, businesses, civic communities and elected leaders to celebrate the arts in Fairfax County. This year, ARTSFAIRFAX is accepting nominations from the public until Feb.14 in the following categories: Arts Philanthropy, Arts Achievement, and the Emerging Arts Awards. For more information and to learn how you can participate, visit the ARTSFAIRFAX website or call 571-395-4619.

ARTSFAIRFAX is funded by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit to learn more about the arts in Fairfax, find an arts event, information on applying for a grant, or submit an Arts Awards nomination.
Make participating in the arts your new year’s resolution and visit our column monthly to learn about the arts in Fairfax County.
Don’t forget to stay connected to the arts by following and tagging ARTSFAIRFAX on Facebook.

Philanthropy/Nonprofit Consultant

A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with extensive experience in the arts, Melanie Wolfe provides counsel on capacity building through fundraising, board development, communications, and strategic planning for high-impact cultural organizations of all sizes.  Her career has included tenures with the Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, League of American Orchestras, and Arts for the Aging, Inc., as well as service on ARTSFAIRFAX grants review committees.  Innovative and high-touch approaches to philanthropy, which are based on best practices and customized to suit individual organizations, are her trademark.  Consulting areas of expertise are:

  • Development operations assessments
  • Fundraising campaign planning and execution
  • Major and planned giving programs
  • Donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and retention
  • Annual giving programs
  • Board development
  • Teambuilding
  • Strategic visioning and planning
  • Communications

For further information, please email.

ARTSFAIRFAX: Grants Program Internship

The intern will report directly to the Grants Manager. This is a part-time position at 8-24 hours per week with flexible scheduling. The Grants Program Intern will assist in research, marketing, and administrative duties as necessary. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about arts organizations and grants management!

E-mail resume and cover letter to Lisa Mariam