ArtsFairfax Awards Over $400,000 to Fairfax Arts & Culture Organizations

By Editorial Team on September 27, 2022

ArtsFairfax, the nonprofit designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency, today announces over $400,000 in Operating Support Grants to 44 nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church.

Operating Support Grants are foundational to the stability of Fairfax nonprofit arts and culture organizations by providing County funds, distributed by ArtsFairfax, for the basic operation of invaluable programs, services, and facilities these organizations provide to Fairfax County area residents.

“As ArtsFairfax’s largest grant program, Operating Support Grants are a significant investment in the local arts economy, empowering a broad spectrum of Fairfax cultural organizations to become more resilient, stable, and poised for growth,” says Linda Sullivan, ArtsFairfax President & CEO.

Applications were reviewed by a distinguished group of panelists with arts and administrative expertise. $436,767 was awarded to 44 organizations representing all nine Fairfax County magisterial districts and all arts disciplines.

FY23 ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grants by the Numbers  

  • $436,767 awarded to 44 organizations
  • 65% of the applicant organizations are led by women
  • 13% are led by Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC)
  • 9 magisterial districts represented
  • 6 first-time applicants

FY2023 ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grant Recipients

Organization

District

Discipline

1st Stage

Providence

Theater

Acting For Young People

Braddock

Arts Education

Amadeus Concerts

Dranesville

Instrumental Music

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras

Mason

Arts Education

ArtLords/Wartists

Providence

Visual Arts

Arts Herndon Inc.

Dranesville

Multidisciplinary/Arts Services

BalletNova Center for Dance

Mason

Dance

Cappies of the National Capitol Area (NCA)

Dranesville

Theater

City of Fairfax Band Association

City of Fairfax

Instrumental Music

City of Fairfax Theatre Company

City of Fairfax

Theater

Creative Cauldron

City of Falls Church

Theater

Fairfax Choral Society

Mason

Vocal Music/Opera

Fairfax Jubil-Aires

City of Fairfax

Vocal Music/Opera

Fall for the Book, Inc

Braddock

Literature

Falls Church Arts, Inc.

City of Falls Church

Visual Arts

Gin Dance Company

Hunter Mill

Dance

Iranian American Community Center

Providence

Multidisciplinary/Arts Services

Jazz4Justice

City of Fairfax

Instrumental Music

Mosaic Harmony

Providence

Vocal Music/Opera

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre

Mount Vernon

Arts Education

Music for Life

Braddock

Arts Education

New Dominion Chorale

Dranesville

Vocal Music/Opera

NextStop Theatre Company

Dranesville

Theater

Northern Virginia Players

Braddock

Theater

Providence Players of Fairfax

Mason

Theater

Public Art Reston

Hunter Mill

Visual Arts

Reston Community Players

Dranesville

Theater

Smart House Movie, LLC

Lee

Film

Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art

Hunter Mill

Visual Arts

The Choralis Foundation

Providence

Vocal Music/Opera

The Fairfax Ballet Company

Sully

Dance

The McLean Project for the Arts (MPA)

Dranesville

Visual Arts

The Reston Chorale

Hunter Mill

Vocal Music/Opera

The Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble, Inc.

Hunter Mill

Instrumental Music

Traveling Players Ensemble, Inc.

Providence

Arts Education

Vienna Arts Society

Hunter Mill

Visual Arts

Vienna Choral Society (VCS)

Hunter Mill

Vocal Music/Opera

Vietnamese Literary and Artistic Club (VLAC)

Dranesville

Literature

Virginia Chamber Orchestra

Dranesville

Instrumental Music

Virginia Winds Academy, Inc.

Springfield

Arts Education

VOCE, INC.

Hunter Mill

Vocal Music/Opera

Washington West Film Festival

Hunter Mill

Film

We Rock Cancer

Dranesville

Vocal Music/Opera

Workhouse Arts Center

Mount Vernon

Multidisciplinary/Arts Services

ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grants are awarded annually to arts organizations of all disciplines for up to 15% of their general operating expenses with a cap at $50K. Applications are reviewed and scored by an independent grant panel comprised of local professionals with expertise in various arts disciplines, knowledge of grant practice, or knowledge of the Fairfax community. To ensure transparency of ArtsFairfax grantmaking practices, all panel reviews are made accessible to the applicants and general public.

About ArtsFairfax

ArtsFairfax is the nonprofit designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency. Dedicated to the belief that arts are essential to a thriving community, the ArtsFairfax mission is to expand support for and access to arts and culture opportunities for Fairfax County’s more than 1.2 million residents. By offering informational, financial, and programmatic services, ArtsFairfax promotes the role of arts and culture to deepen social engagement, create a sense of place, and fuel economic growth. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) since 1964, ArtsFairfax provides these services to all who contribute to and experience arts in Fairfax County, and is funded in part by the County, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as corporations, foundations, and individuals.

(Source: Arts Fairfax press release)