ArtsFairfax announces $100,486 in funding through the Arts Ignite Recovery (AIR) Grant to 12 arts organizations in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax, and Falls Church. ArtsFairfax established the AIR grant program to support arts organizations as they emerge from the Covid mandated shutdown and restart their programming.
AIR grants support the revitalization of residents’ participation in the arts in a safe format, rebuild the programming capacity of arts organizations, and nurture new creative collaborations. Specifically, funding supports performances and installations in unconventional spaces, including the outdoors, establishing a greater awareness and support of the arts, and increasing community-based cultural activities.
“As we emerge from the pandemic COVID-19 pandemic, the Arts Ignite Recovery grants support projects that reengage the community in the arts, address inequities, and highlight the county’s diversity,” said Linda S. Sullivan, ArtsFairfax President & CEO. “The arts organizations awarded rose to the challenge of addressing complex issues through theatre, music, dance, and visual arts while meeting a critical need in the community.”
FY22 AIR grants support the following organizations and programs:
1st Stage – Logan Festival of Solo Performance featuring three hybrid in-person/ live-stream productions in a socially distanced, outdoor environment.
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra –a new ensemble entitled “Sinfonietta” for high school students in response to a record high number of students who auditioned for string positions in their youth orchestras.
Community Arts for Everyone – the installation of a mural to help revitalize an abandoned space in Annandale that follows the basic principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design at a crime-vulnerable site.
Creative Cauldron – the production of “Girls of Madison Street” written by Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Iyona Blake.
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra – the Link Up Program, which provides a unique opportunity for students in grades 3-6 to come together for a shared cultural experience, while addressing the need for effective, research-based music curricula.
Gin Dance Company – the production of, “Perfect 10+” which is comprised of world premier pieces including a convergence of modern dance & fashion design in the production of “Runway” and “The Golden Time”, a culturally influenced work combining Chinese Opera movements that feature original choreography by Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff.
IceBox Collective – the “Taxonomy of Breathing” project, a socially conscious, multidisciplinary art project that processes trauma by mapping recent world events using the connective lens of breath.
McLean Project for the Arts – the ArtReach program, which engages students, seniors, and individuals with special needs in arts programs.
Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre – after-school classes for children living in Section 8 housing developments.
Music for Life – the After-School Guitar, Band & Orchestra, and STEAM Guitar Programs, which promote learning music while developing social skills and building relationships with peers from varying socioeconomic backgrounds.
NextStop Theatre Company – the community-focused production of Ken Ludwig’s “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” that takes place at the newly created open-air performance stage.
Public Art Reston – a public underpass art project in a diverse, highly trafficked neighborhood.
To learn more about ArtsFairfax grant opportunities and the arts in Fairfax County, visit artsfairfax.org.
ArtsFairfax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, incorporated in 1964, as Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency. ArtsFairfax is funded in part by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit artsfairfax.org.