• Strauss Artist Grant recipient Foon Sham
    Strauss Artist Grant recipient Foon Sham House of Identity; 2006; 7.5' x 11' x 9.5'; pine and phone books
  • Christopher K. Morgan & Artists perform at The Alden in McLean.
    Christopher K. Morgan & Artists perform at The Alden in McLean. Photo Copyright: Brianne Bland
  • Patrons enjoying sculptures at artist Greg Story’s booth at  the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston.
    Patrons enjoying sculptures at artist Greg Story’s booth at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston. Greater Reston Arts Center
  • "The 39 Steps" performed at NextStop Theatre in Herndon. Photo Copyright: Rebekah Purcell
  • "Primo Primal" performed by Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company Photo Copyright: Linda Helms Photography
  • Strauss Artist Grant recipient Diane Coburn Bruning
    Strauss Artist Grant recipient Diane Coburn Bruning “Boots" in performance by Ballett Magdeburg in Germany in 2011;
    Photo Copyright: Nilz Bohme
  • Aerial view of  the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna.
    Aerial view of the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna. An outdoor performing arts amphitheater with a 7,000 combined in-house and lawn seating capacity.
  • City of Fairfax Band Association (CFBA)
    City of Fairfax Band Association (CFBA) Ensemble members perform in Fairfax County, the greater Northern Virginia, and Washington DC metropolitan area.

2017 Arts Awards

2016 Arts Awards Sharon Bulova

The sixth annual Arts Awards will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel in Falls Church, VA. The Arts Awards recognize the visionary contributions the arts bring to Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Through these awards, we bring together the arts, business, civic communities, and our elected leadership to celebrate artistic excellence, outstanding achievements, and dedication to the cultural life in our community. For more information, click here.
Photo Credit: Neshan Naltchayan

Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Generates over $271 Million in Fairfax County Annually

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The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates over $271 million in annual economic activity in Fairfax County, supporting 6,220 full-time equivalent jobs according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Results show that Fairfax nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent approximately $173 million during fiscal year 2015. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated more than $124 million in household income for local residents and over $19 million in local and state government revenues.

For more information, visit https://artsfairfax.org/advocacy/studies.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Heffner, Copyright Vita Images

2017 Creative Aging Festival

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Emmanuel (Kofi) Dennis presents African Drumming and Poly Rhythms during the 2016 Creative Aging Festival.

Photo Credit: Arts Council of Fairfax County        

Fairfax County, VA – The Arts Council of Fairfax County is delighted to partner with Fairfax County for the 2017 Creative Aging Festival during the month of May, coinciding with Older Americans Month. The Creative Aging Festival celebrates older adults’ participation in the arts across Fairfax County through visual, music, theatre, dance, literary, and culinary arts activities. See the full press release here. 

Accomplished Teaching Artists Introduce Students to Urban Storytelling, Cultural Landscape Painting, and Blues Music

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The 2016-2017 Artists from Left to Right: Helen Pafumi, Michela Mansuino, and Curtis Mailloux.        

Fairfax County, VA – The Arts Council of Fairfax County has placed three Fairfax artists at middle schools throughout Fairfax County as a part of the Artist Residency Program. The artists are connecting theatre, visual art and music with the core study areas of language arts, civics, social studies and creative writing to offer students engaging, unique and innovative learning experiences. See the full press release here. 

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