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Dewberry to Receive the Jinx Hazel Arts Award

Dewberry will receive the Jinx Hazel Arts Award at the Arts Council of Fairfax County’s sixth annual Arts Awards on October 20, 2017. Dewberry will be honored for its ongoing support of the arts, education, and contributions to engineering, planning and design in Fairfax County.

Dewberry is recognized as one of the top engineering and design firms in the Greater Washington, DC, region and nationally. In addition to its contributions to architectural design of municipal facilities, the firm has been responsible for some of the most significant development and transportation projects in Fairfax County in the past sixty years.

“Dewberry is a quiet supporter with a great impact,” said Linda Sullivan, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County. “They create the infrastructure from which a quality of life evolves. Their work in Tysons includes the metro, which now includes public art; they have contributed to the aesthetics of neighborhoods like Lake Braddock, Burke Centre and Fair Lakes; and the multiple roadways, such as the Dulles Toll Road, Route 28, and the Greenway that carry people to Dulles Airport, which is another venue for public art in our community. Dewberry has made significant contributions to George Mason University’s School of Music and Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts. They’ve helped to provide some of the bedrock for artists to grow and find their audience in this county, and they’ve completed these projects in a way that directly incorporates the county’s value of the arts.”

“Since our inception, Dewberry has focused on encouraging the creativity of our people to develop lasting solutions for the entire community by designing smart and efficient roads as well as educational initiatives, and mixed-use spaces that meet the full range of needs of our community,” said Barry K. Dewberry, Executive Chairman of Dewberry. “The arts have a role to play in all of these areas, and Dewberry is proud to provide a stage for innovative people to apply themselves.”

In 1982, Dewberry was invited to design the new Filene Center at Wolf Trap after the original structure was destroyed in a fire. The project was completed in record time, opening just 20 months after the accident. The new Filene Center stands today as one of the defining symbols of the strength of the arts in Fairfax County, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands each year. Mr. Sidney O. Dewberry was instrumental in establishing George Mason University’s School of Music as an “All-Steinway School”, leading the campaign to buy 16 Steinway pianos for the school, strengthening its program and standing as a top-notch school for music. Mr. Barry K. Dewberry is a fan of music as well, and has been a long-time supporter of the Fairfax Symphony.

In 2017, Dewberry’s 2,000 employees tracked more than 3,951 community service hours, many dedicated to educational initiatives in Fairfax. For instance, Dewberry has partnered with Luther Jackson Middle School for more than 20 years. Dewberry supports employee participation in the school’s Expanding Visions program that helps students better understand the positive impact of architecture and design on their community. The organization also volunteers at Luther Jackson’s annual Olympiad event where students use teamwork and critical thinking skills to competitively solve various challenges. Additionally, each year during the holidays, Dewberry invites the Luther Jackson chorus to give a winter concert for its Fairfax employees.

The Arts Council will present the sixth annual Arts Awards at the Fairview Park Marriott, located at 3111 Fairview Park Drive, in Falls Church, Virginia 22042 on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The event recognizes the extraordinary contributions of artists and arts organizations as well as the corporations, foundations, and individuals that support the arts in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. To learn more about the Arts Awards, visit https://artsfairfax.org/artsawards.

(via the Arts Council for Fairfax County. Photo of Sidney O. Dewberry and Barry K. Dewberry, the Chairman Emeritus and Founder and Executive Chairman respectively of Dewberry.)