City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts

City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts was created in 1979 to encourage, to promote and to provide opportunity for artistic expression within the City.
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The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts was created in 1979 by Mayor Fredrick Silverthorne and his Council to encourage, to promote and to provide opportunity for artistic expression within the City. The Commission is working to continue the enrichment of the community through funding, information, encouragement, exhibits, education, and co-ordination. Funding - grants to arts organizations in the City of Fairfax. Information—marketing and publicity of upcoming arts events. Encouragement - funding to aid and assist emerging arts groups. Exhibits - provide opportunities for exhibition of works of art. Education - support programs designed to increase understanding and appreciation of the arts in City schools. Coordination - working with area arts organizations to open new avenues and venues for the arts in the city.

We got a lot of Public Art in the City in 2020!  Which is your favorite? City of Fairfax Government
12/31/2020

We got a lot of Public Art in the City in 2020! Which is your favorite?

City of Fairfax Government

Tonight! Gather around your computer and join City of Fairfax Theatre Company for an evening of family fun for the holid...
12/23/2020

Tonight! Gather around your computer and join City of Fairfax Theatre Company for an evening of family fun for the holidays. Filled with silly Christmas-themed puns, and important message about kindness, and followed by a sing along of favorite holiday songs, this play is sure to delight everyone in your household! Hope over to the CFTC YouTube Channel at 7pm to join in the fun! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCFX4LTTtSo8Fs3Yh732NGA

see what’s happening over at GMU’s film school—award winning films!#MasonArtsSpotlighthttps://www2.gmu.edu/news/2020-06/...
12/22/2020
Mason student wins Capital Emmy for documentary about local school board candidate

see what’s happening over at GMU’s film school—award winning films!
#MasonArtsSpotlight

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2020-06/mason-student-wins-capital-emmy-documentary-about-local-school-board-candidate?fbclid=IwAR3qlOx4voUX7oMCYeabxn-ODU5CikaGTFs7D2k3hsO4lUBd9OaxvgVm7rw

Mohammed Saffouri's award-winning documentary, “The First,” follows 24-year-old Libyan American Abrar Omeish as she campaigns for a seat on the Fairfax County School Board. George Mason University senior Mohammed Saffouri is being honored with a prestigious Capital Emmy for his documentary film ...

Check out how GMU is using innovation to teach dance during the pandemic #MasonArtsSpotlighthttps://northernvirginiamag....
12/19/2020
GMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts launches new home for virtual education

Check out how GMU is using innovation to teach dance during the pandemic
#MasonArtsSpotlight

https://northernvirginiamag.com/culture/culture-features/2020/12/10/gmus-college-of-visual-and-performing-arts-launches-new-home-for-virtual-education/?fbclid=IwAR2i6ODdnK-QMGHhWRmEClbX6N3rEghoDVue-sec2cy7S9JYtIgqDEizf1E

The LIVE Center at George Mason University delivers dance and other digital education in a truly innovative and immersive way.

12/19/2020
Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series - Cathedral Brass Christmas

Join us for the second performance of The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series (Virtual!) for the 20/21 Season.

The Cathedral Brass will celebrate Christmas with a musical journey that explores the many facets of this beloved holiday.

Tonight’s performance is supported, in part, by a grant from the City of Fairfax, and additional giving from the Friends of the Old Town Hall Performance Series. Thank you!

12/17/2020

Please join Fairfax City’s own Main Street Trombone Quartet, who will be playing Christmas Carols in the Jammin' Java parking lot in Vienna this Sunday at 2:00-3:00pm. If you're jonesing for some live music in a socially distanced outdoor setting, stop on by. Here's the address and google maps link:

227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180

There is some new art at Old Town Square in Fairfax!  #FairfaxPianoThe piano was donated by a city resident to The Commi...
12/11/2020

There is some new art at Old Town Square in Fairfax! #FairfaxPiano

The piano was donated by a city resident to The Commission on the Arts last Spring. This fall, cultural arts intern Hannah Bremmer, painted the piano as part of her internship. Below you will find her artist statement.

Just like the other park amenities, the piano is use at your own risk.

Galaxy Piano
"Inspired by Creation and the universe, I love to make art that reflects the beauty of the world around us. I chose to go with a galaxy/nebula design for this piano because I wanted to create something more ethereal. I used spray paint as my primary medium for its ability to make cloudy designs, holding down the nozzle gently to create the star cluster effect. Afterwards, I went in and added bigger stars with white paint and a little brush.
I hope that this piano is used to its fullest capacity and that the starry design inspires musicians, trained or not, to release their creativity onto the keys!"
-Hannah Bremmer
November, 2020

City of Fairfax Government

12/11/2020
George Mason University's Center for the Arts

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Directly from their home to yours, champion fiddlers Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy and their seven children bring you a digital Christmas experience like no other! With Celtic music, holiday stories and step-dancing, this lively concert is a celebration for the whole family.

A Celtic Family Christmas, Dec. 13. Get your digital Access Pass now: bit.ly/3gmW2hK

12/03/2020
George Mason University's Center for the Arts

#masonartsspotlight

Kick off the holiday season with our annual tradition - a magical, inspiring concert from Chanticleer!

This year, we’re going virtual. Get your digital Access Pass today to celebrate A Chanticleer Christmas on Dec. 5. You can view the performance for up to three days after it airs.

🎄🎟️ bit.ly/3lqFkPy

#MasonArtsAtHome

Did you know that Non-Profits can apply for the Fairfax City Reconnected Grant?  Go to https://fairfaxcityconnected.com/...
11/30/2020

Did you know that Non-Profits can apply for the Fairfax City Reconnected Grant? Go to https://fairfaxcityconnected.com/series2/ For more information!

Have you applied for the Fairfax City ReConnected Grant - Series 2? Eligibility criteria has been expanded to include small businesses AND nonprofits! Apply today, grants are LIMITED! 📢

For more information on Series 2, click here 👇
fairfaxcityconnected.com/series2

City of Fairfax Government

11/21/2020
Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series TOM TEASLEY & CHAO TIAN

Join us for the first performance of @The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series (Virtual!) for the 20/21 Season. Dong Xi, featuring Tom Teasley & Chao Tian. Award winning world percussion fusing American jazz, world music, and funk converses with spellbinding virtuosity and Chinese folk melodies.
Tonight’s performance is supported, in part, by a grant from the City of Fairfax, and additional giving from the Friends of the Old Town Hall Performance Series. Thank you!

https://vimeo.com/481779674

Join us for the first performance of @The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series (Virtual!) for the 20/21 Season. Dong Xi, featuring Tom Teasley &…

11/19/2020
Greek Reporter

Watch the restoration of a Greek mosaic

Uncovering a stunning Ancient Greek mosaic of Dionysus in Dion, Macedonia, Greece. It's a lot of work that requires meticulous attention to details but the result is absolutely worth it! Go behind the scenes with the team of conservators at Dion and get a fascinating glimpse of the restoration of one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries in the site, the mosaic of the “Villa of Dionysus.” Video by Konstantinos Arvanitakis and the Onassis Foundation.

11/16/2020
George Mason University's Center for the Arts

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

For us, it doesn't really feel like the holiday season until we can share festive, family friendly concerts with all of you! So this year, join us for two special digital musical performances - A Chanticleer Christmas and At Home with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas.

These performances can be enjoyed with a digital Access Pass, on sale starting Nov 13. Chanticleer: bit.ly/2Unct3i, A Celtic Family Christmas: bit.ly/3phnYI1

#MasonArtsAtHome

City of Fairfax Government
11/15/2020

City of Fairfax Government

Christmas comes early to #FairfaxCity !

On November14-15 and November 21-22, look for The Fairfax Ballet Company dancers at locations in #OldTownFairfax as they film footage for a virtual #Nutcracker performance.

This virtual performance is supported by a generous grant from the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts, and embraces artists’ ingenuity during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

When £COVID-19 cancelled the Company’s Nutcracker performances at Woodson High School and their collaborative Nutcracker performance with the Fairfax Symphony, the Company envisioned an alternative production. Instead of filming in a studio or sharing video of past performances, the Company chose instead to take it to the streets, incorporating recognizable Fairfax City locations as part of the timeless Nutcracker tale while embracing recommended health practices.

Visit fairfaxva.gov for more about the performance and how Fairfax City supports the arts.

What a great set up!  Tom Teasley Music sent this photo of the recording set up for our first The Bonita Lestina Old Tow...
11/12/2020

What a great set up! Tom Teasley Music sent this photo of the recording set up for our first The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series (Virtual!) next Friday! Can't wait!

11/09/2020
Mr. Gabe

Join us for Funday Monday!

Hey, everybody! Welcome to "Funday Monday," a program sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. The show starts at 10:30.

11/06/2020
My Modern Met

My Modern Met

Ever wish you had a visual guide for how to draw flowers? This brilliant artist is revealing all the secrets, step by step. 🌼🌸🌷🌻✍️

Halloween music from Fairfax City’s own band!
10/29/2020

Halloween music from Fairfax City’s own band!

Halloween Flashback Concert: Return of the Scarolers!

Celebrate the scary season with a Flashback to the City of Fairfax Band's "Ghoultide Scarols" concert! This special Halloween concert was recorded October 28, 2017 and featured music meant to scare and entertain.

Our featured guests on this program were the "Fairfax Ghoultide Scarolers," Shayna Blass, Amanda Fink, James Gardiner and Ethan Watermeier, performing Thom Pavlechko's "First Booke of Ghoultide Scarols," a collection of familiar sounding themes with a Halloween twist. Suitable for all ages!

Access the complete playlist of the concert here or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get access to this and other flashback concerts by CFBA ensembles.

If you enjoy this and our other online offerings, please consider helping us keep the music alive by visiting our webpage at www.fairfaxband.org and making a contribution!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3lYId9XegXW9RGlbEfv7YP1YqLxprVHa

rainy day activity https://hirshhorn.si.edu/explore/pumpkin-pinch-pots/?fbclid=IwAR0e_8Tm_G0YF27WFz81uZQERgNbw1kDqvz8aLh...
10/28/2020
Pumpkin Pinch Pots - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden | Smithsonian

rainy day activity

https://hirshhorn.si.edu/explore/pumpkin-pinch-pots/?fbclid=IwAR0e_8Tm_G0YF27WFz81uZQERgNbw1kDqvz8aLhSQ_8GfviRhpxH1r8sxr8

Create your own pinch pot inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama. [Time] One hour (plus time for drying) [Skill] Intermediate [Topic] Pattern and Repetition As a young girl growing up around her family’s plant nursery, Yayoi Kusama fell in love with the round, playful and lumpy shape of the pumpkin. She ...

Dating back to the 19th century, the art of pumkin carving can bring out the artist in all ages.
10/28/2020

Dating back to the 19th century, the art of pumkin carving can bring out the artist in all ages.

Pumpkin sightings in FFX on an after dark walk.
10/27/2020

Pumpkin sightings in FFX on an after dark walk.

Pumpkin Jar sighting on a FFX porch.
10/26/2020

Pumpkin Jar sighting on a FFX porch.

10/23/2020
Decade 77-87 - a grown up disco: new wave, punk, postpunk, goth & indie

Some David Byrne in his Big Suit for your Friday evening....

TALKING HEADS - TAKE ME TO RIVER (1978)

On this date in 1978, TALKING HEADS released the single TAKE ME TO THE RIVER in the U.K. (October 20th 1978).

One particular and climactic highlight of 'Stop making Sense' came when the band took Al Green’s TAKE ME TO THE RIVER farther and deeper than ever imaginable – first an enormous boom-boom from Chris Frantz, then the doubled bass (Busta Jones and Tina) making the earth move, next the Baptist choir chanting of the title by Nona Hendryx and Dolette McDonald (the crowd was roaring), and finally "I don't know why I love you like I do."

#masonartsspotlight It’s a virtual musical revue event this Friday, October 23 at 8:00 PM called Gaining Ground.http://c...
10/22/2020
Tickets | Center for the Arts

#masonartsspotlight It’s a virtual musical revue event this Friday, October 23 at 8:00 PM called Gaining Ground.
http://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/gaining-ground-a-celebration-of-diverse-voices-in-musical-theater

Events Details for purchasing tickets to performances in 2021 will be announced later in the fall of 2020. Learn more Search Mason Arts at HomeSeries:Great Performances at MasonFamily SeriesMason Student PerformancesDanceMusicTheaterSee All Events Browse Events By Genre: Follow Us! Join our mailing....

10/20/2020
NOVA l PBS

NOVA l PBS

This engineer is using powerful lights, cameras, and computer software to digitally remove the varnish from the "Mona Lisa," allowing people today to see the painting as da Vinci once did.

Stream "Decoding da Vinci" online now to learn more: https://to.pbs.org/2Qu7htX

10/16/2020
Friday Morning Music Club

Tune in today at Noon as Friday Morning Music Club celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

We hope you will enjoy today's concert filmed at Old Town Hall (Fairfax, Virginia). We are so grateful to them for allowing us to record there with our strict distancing policies in place. Today's program celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Ralph Vaughan Williams' birthday, along with much more! Special thanks to our wonderful performers for their participation.

Join us at 12:00 on Friday, October 16. And, as always, if you can't tune in right at noon, the concert will be available for two weeks after that.

To see the full program: bit.ly/3o7NNd0
To watch on YouTube: youtu.be/AXZi_EmQAVY
To learn about the project: bit.ly/2S3AA6f

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Hi! I'll be going LIVE at 10:30 today with the fun and educational animal puppet show "Backyard Wildlife" on Facebook.com/kidsnatureshows
Live movies...under the moon...this Friday evening...
City of Fairfax Theatre Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Last two performances tonight and tomorrow, 7:00 pm at Veteran’s Amphitheater. For tickets and Covid guidelines: http://www.fairfaxcitytheatre.org/midsummer-nights-dream.html
Please help to share this important news for all graduating HS seniors from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). The Art Guild of Clifton is offering $750 scholarships to talented seniors exploring a college level curricula in the visual and performing arts including literature, music, and film. Application and details are available to download from our web site artguildofclifton.org With schools closed, students may not get this communication from their guidance counselors. Please help us to get widest publication of this vital information making our students aware of their scholarship opportunities. Many thanks for your support of the future generation contributing to our arts humanity. Stay Safe and Healthy, Charles Rusnak Pres., Art Guild of Clifton
Many arts organizations have made performances free to watch online, where you can enjoy theater, concerts, opera and dance performances. For more details, scroll down to "Self Directed Activities" (Fine Arts Performances) on the Fairfax County Virtual Center for Active Adults. Many virtual museum and tour options as well. Enjoy!
Live from New York City! Presenting Shakespeare like you've never performed before. Taught by Artistic Director of Teatro delle Due in Northern Italy, Adam R. Deremer. This unique online workshop hosted by the ARTfactory will guide you towards fully committing yourself to scenes and monologues from some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, but also explore how concepts like social distancing and self-quarantine can be used as tools in service of the text. Class size is limited and presented via Zoom. Open to teens and adults and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9pm. DETAILS HERE: www.virginiaARTfactory.org/events/shakespeare-online
Your neighborhood - your front window - share your art... (Portrait of emerging water tower in Southeast Fairfax)
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Live Music at Old Town Hall* in the heart of Historic Fairfax. Join the Craig Gildner Jazz Trio for "A Valentine's Date" this Friday evening (2/14) at 8:00 pm. Free Admission. Doors open at 7:30. Brought to you by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts * 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
LOVING VINCENT - The story of Vincent Van Gogh in a film entirely hand painted. This FRIDAY (1/17) at the Sherwood Community Center* at 7:30 pm. FREE ADMISSION. Doors open at 7:00pm Free popcorn and refreshments ArtScreen Presented by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts * 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
LIVE MUSIC THIS FRIDAY - JANUARY 10 - AT OLD TOWN HALL Enjoy The Hot Lanes Big Band with Bobby Jasinski as they explore the Great American Song Book. Free Admission. Doors open at 7:30pm. Concert begins at 8:00pm Old Town Hall in the heart of Old Town Fairfax 3999 University Drive, Fairfax Virginia 22030 Presented by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Friday Night Rock and Roll...ArtScreen presents "The Buddy Holly Story" at the Sherwood Community Center*. Friday April 5 - Doors open at 7:00 pm. Admission - Free! Popcorn - Free! Come with a friend. Come with a party. Come by yourself - make friends and have a party! UPDATE - Two short films created by Mason Film and Video Studies (FAVS) students will be shown prior to the Buddy Holly screening. The directors will be on hand to introduce and answer questions. Brought to you by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/cultural-arts *3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax VA 22030
Sure, you had a great Year's Eve - but what about Friday, January 4? Don't stay at home. Travel back in time to the big band era, and enjoy THE GLENN MILLER STORY with James Stewart and June Allyson. Admission is free. Sherwood Community Center (3740 Old Lee HWY, Fairfax, VA 22030) Doors open at 7:00pm. Let's get in the mood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPXwkWVEIIw