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.

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 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

We want to see your most artistic snowman!
01/06/2022

We want to see your most artistic snowman!

SHOW US YOUR SNOWMAN! Snow is covering Fairfax City and all of our wonderful parks... and more is on the way tonight!

We want to see your snowman, snow woman, or snow art! ⛄❄

Step 1: Build!
Step 2: Take a picture of your creation 📸
Step 3: Post your photo in the comments here and/or tag us on Facebook

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01/05/2022

The Jan 7 Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series Washington Sax Quartet Concert has been postponed to June 3

The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts invites Fairfax City Residents in fourth grade and beyond to enter the second...
01/04/2022

The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts invites Fairfax City Residents in fourth grade and beyond to enter the second annual Language Arts 123 Competition!

For more information go to https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/cultural-arts/city-of-fairfax-commission-on-the-arts/competition-2022

The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts invites Fairfax City Residents in fourth grade and beyond to enter the second annual Language Arts 123 Competition!

For more information go to https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/cultural-arts/city-of-fairfax-commission-on-the-arts/competition-2022

2021 was a pretty great year for Art in Fairfax City!  What was your favorite memory?City of Fairfax Government Fairfax ...
12/27/2021

2021 was a pretty great year for Art in Fairfax City! What was your favorite memory?

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Fairfax City Economic Development Authority

2021 was a pretty great year for Art in Fairfax City! What was your favorite memory?

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Fairfax City Economic Development Authority

12/11/2021

Having the best time with Kadencia at the Bonita Lestina Performance Series!

We love when new art comes to Fairfax.
12/08/2021

We love when new art comes to Fairfax.

It's going to be such a festive weekend in Fairfax this weekend!  Can't wait!City of Fairfax GovernmentCity of Fairfax B...
12/03/2021

It's going to be such a festive weekend in Fairfax this weekend! Can't wait!

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Cathedral Brass - Home for the Holidays

Celebrate the return of the City of Fairfax Band Association this Saturday 7:30pm at Fairfax High School!
10/27/2021

Celebrate the return of the City of Fairfax Band Association this Saturday 7:30pm at Fairfax High School!

Celebrate the return of the City of Fairfax Band Association this Saturday 7:30pm at Fairfax High School!

Fall For The Book festival is underway!  Check out this years headliners, including Brit Bennett tonight!
10/21/2021

Fall For The Book festival is underway! Check out this years headliners, including Brit Bennett tonight!

Fall For The Book festival is underway! Check out this years headliners, including Brit Bennett tonight!

We are at Fall Festival next to Fall For The Book! Come say hi and hear about the great year we have planned.
10/09/2021

We are at Fall Festival next to Fall For The Book! Come say hi and hear about the great year we have planned.

We are at Fall Festival next to Fall For The Book! Come say hi and hear about the great year we have planned.

Got bottle caps?  The Commission on the Arts is collecting plastic bottle caps to create a mural! Starting this weekend ...
10/06/2021

Got bottle caps? The Commission on the Arts is collecting plastic bottle caps to create a mural!

Starting this weekend at Fall Festival bring your bottle caps to the Commission's Booth! Then starting 10/11 you can drop your bottle caps off at Sherwood, Green Acres or City Hall.

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Got bottle caps? The Commission on the Arts is collecting plastic bottle caps to create a mural!

Starting this weekend at Fall Festival bring your bottle caps to the Commission's Booth! Then starting 10/11 you can drop your bottle caps off at Sherwood, Green Acres or City Hall.

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10/02/2021

Next Reflex Dance Company live at Van Dyck Park

08/30/2021

We had the best time with Good Gollie It's Mollie this morning playing bubbles!

08/27/2021

Important news about tonight's performance of The Frenchman!

The Fairfax City Senior Center invites you to a FREE concert!  Tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Old Town Hall.  All are welcome!
08/02/2021

The Fairfax City Senior Center invites you to a FREE concert! Tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Old Town Hall. All are welcome!

The Fairfax City Senior Center invites you to a FREE concert! Tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Old Town Hall. All are welcome!

This weekend! City of Fairfax Theatre Company opens their Brief Shakespeare Festival!You will not want to miss this!
07/29/2021

This weekend! City of Fairfax Theatre Company opens their Brief Shakespeare Festival!

You will not want to miss this!

This weekend! City of Fairfax Theatre Company opens their Brief Shakespeare Festival!

You will not want to miss this!

What a gorgeous evening for a concert!  Don't miss City of Fairfax Band Association's Family Concert!  Tonight 7:30pm at...
07/22/2021

What a gorgeous evening for a concert! Don't miss City of Fairfax Band Association's Family Concert! Tonight 7:30pm at Veterans Amphitheater!

What a gorgeous evening for a concert! Don't miss City of Fairfax Band Association's Family Concert! Tonight 7:30pm at Veterans Amphitheater!

We don’t talk about the culinary art enough! If you like them, you HAVE to check out Frans
07/16/2021

We don’t talk about the culinary art enough! If you like them, you HAVE to check out Frans

Prior to COVID-19 the Arts contributed $17.9 billion (with a B!) to Virginia's economy.  That's 3.2% of the of the state...
07/15/2021

Prior to COVID-19 the Arts contributed $17.9 billion (with a B!) to Virginia's economy. That's 3.2% of the of the state's GDP. Nationally, the Arts provided $919.7 billion representing 4.3% of the national GDP. (That more than Construction!)

As of July of 2020, 51% of creative workers in Virginia became unemployed as a result of the pandemic.

The Commission is continuing to support local Arts group through the pandemic and beyond! With grants from the City of Fairfax, Virginia Commission on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts, we are gearing up for a great Fall! Learn more about the Commission on the Arts Grant program here. https://www.fairfaxva.gov/Home/Components/News/News/11296/18

Learn more about the economic impact the arts have in Virginia at ArtsActionFund.org/Virginia

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Congrats to the Winner of the Commission on the Arts Most Creative Float Nova Parks! #FFX4TH
07/03/2021

Congrats to the Winner of the Commission on the Arts Most Creative Float Nova Parks! #FFX4TH

Congrats to the Winner of the Commission on the Arts Most Creative Float Nova Parks! #FFX4TH

06/21/2021

We do declare that it is officially summer!

06/16/2021

Last night we said thank you and goodbye to two of our members: Chair Patricia Hussey, and long time member Mary Lechter. We’d like to thank Pat for her leadership, enthusiasm, and management skills and for successfully guiding COA through this difficult covid year. Mary is very special to us as she has been on the Commission for several years, and in addition to being the GMU liaison, she was instrumental in coordinating and producing the COA annual awards ceremonies. Please join the COA to thank them both for their service and to wish them the very best with their new adventures. We’ll miss you both!

New Signal Box Wrap at the corner of Armstrong and 123.  Together—Kelly Snyder“This Painting was created in the midst of...
06/15/2021

New Signal Box Wrap at the corner of Armstrong and 123.

Together—Kelly Snyder
“This Painting was created in the midst of the recent 2020 protests about Black Lives Matter. So much pain and so much suffering that needs to be addressed. To many lives lost and so many injustices ignored for way too long. I found this Microporous polyester film in the trash with a printed cave painting (upcycled art). I stretched the material on stretcher bars to paint on. I used this background, to create a piece that showed age with all hands of all colors represented. As humans beings we've tried to make connections through art forever. I am here! See me! I am important! I've made my mark! This piece is about the mark everyone makes on everyone's lives in all communities. City of Fairfax is a community that is looking for connection and unification through art. This piece would represent that connection that “All Lives Matter”. A Life is a Life, there is no difference what they look like. Public art is used as an avenue of sending a positive messages, about connection, about unification, and about change. This piece represents past and present human connection through art. Together we are united. “ - Kelly

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06/14/2021
MSCDC Funday Monday

Happy Monday!! 😎 Please enjoy today's Funday Monday video, brought to us by the Main Street Child Development Center! 😄

06/14/2021

Happy Monday!! 😎 Please enjoy today's Funday Monday video brought to us by Main Street Child Development Center! 😄

There is some new art in Old Town!  Local Artist Deb Wright (And Commission on the Arts Member) installed "Keys" on Main...
05/25/2021

There is some new art in Old Town! Local Artist Deb Wright (And Commission on the Arts Member) installed "Keys" on Main Street. Read the artist statement below, and stop by and see it if you are in Old Town.

Keys (2017)
Debra Wright

Nancy Rebar was destined to do great things. She was the editor of her school newspaper, a yearbook staff writer, class secretary and salutatorian. She saved up from her jobs at Kresge’s 5 & 10 and summers cleaning hotel rooms in Jersey to relocate from rural Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. She was so bright and driven that everyone back home just knew she’d be working for the President someday.

This never came to be. Mom started to experience difficulties a few years before I was born and her mental illness became progressively debilitating. Treatment options were limited at that time and the stigma was severe. No matter what she tried, Mom never fully recovered, and her struggles were only compounded by the shaming commentary of others.

When Mom was feeling good, I’d catch a glimpse of the woman I had heard so much about, peeking through. She’d don bright red lipstick, neatly tease her hair, and smile and laugh that amazing laugh of hers. She’d jot poetry down in the margins of Chinese food carryout menus and on the back of grocery lists. She’d be fully present and totally engaged. But these times wouldn’t last. My brother and I would come home from school to a house with all the curtains drawn shut and find Mom curled up in a ball on the couch, completely withdrawn from everything. We’d argue over whose turn it was to check to see if she was still breathing.

As I got older, and became defiant, I’d argue with Mom’s psychiatrists and criticize their ability to render care. One doctor in particular was incredibly patient and counseled, “Treating mental illness is a challenge. I feel as if we have a thousand keys, and we’re trying to figure out which one will fit the lock. We haven’t found the right key yet. We need to keep trying.”

Mom, I miss you dearly. When I look in the mirror, I see you looking back at me. When I write, I feel your hand move the pen. I miss your brilliant smile and that wonderful laugh. People say I sound just like you.

I’m sorry your time with us ran out before we were able to find the key that would release you from your suffering.

May your spirit now be free.

05/21/2021

Cathedral Brass Jazz Combo. How Great Thou Art

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SHOW US YOUR SNOWMAN! Snow is covering Fairfax City and all of our wonderful parks... and more is on the way tonight! We want to see your snowman, snow woman, or snow art! ⛄❄ Step 1: Build! Step 2: Take a picture of your creation 📸 Step 3: Post your photo in the comments here and/or tag us on Facebook City of Fairfax Government City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Thanks Fairfax City Parks and Recreation and the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts for making our performance at Old Town Hall a reality. Thanks to Megan Dubois, Deanna Payne, Christine Vincent, Dan Smith, Melissa Grow, and Councilman Tom Ross for all the support. Gracias!!! Follow Kadencia on Instagram and Facebook for details on our music and events. #kadencia #plena #bomba #salsa #afropuertoricanmusic #música #music #boricua #puertorico #virginia #fairfaxvirginia #oldtownhallfairfaxva #fairfaxparksandrec #cityoffairfaxcommissiononthearts #plenaenvirginia #plenaeneldmv #bombayplena #richmond #rva #dmv #traditionalarts #cultura #tradiciones #worldmusic #folkloricmusic
Thanks to the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts and City of Fairfax, Parks & Recreation for sponsoring our performance at the Old Town Hall. Kadencia had a great time playing Afro-Puerto Rican 🇵🇷 music for all attendees. Gracias!!! Follow Kadencia for details on our music and events. Song: Bailala (Rafa Concepción)
What are you doing this weekend? The Fairfax City Holiday Market continues through Sunday in Old Town Square. Watch this video to find out more about this fun community event — and please SHARE! Hope to see you there! Fairfax City Parks and Recreation City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts Fairfax City Economic Development Authority
Don't miss...The #Nutcracker + #guitarist Jason Vieaux + #pianist Simone Dinnerstein + #Beethoven's 9th...all coming up at George Mason University Center for the Arts! Plus, you still have time to #save when you attend 3 or more FSO concerts. Save now --> https://www.fairfaxsymphony.org/2021-22-season-subscriptions #ThankYou -- Fairfax County Government Visit Fairfax The Mather in Tysons NOVEC GEICO National Endowment for the Arts Virginia Commission for the Arts Virginians for the Arts City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts City of Fairfax Government Fairfax County Public Schools Hilton Hotels & Resorts The Watermark Hotel Capital One Center for the Arts at George Mason University Fairfax County Economic Development Authority The Fairfax Ballet Company ArtsFairfax Music & Arts #classicalmusic #music #creative #art
Don't miss your chance to shop the final weekend of the Fairfax City Holiday Market Dec. 10-12. Discover some amazing treasures — gifts for others or yourself — and enjoy delightful entertainment from local performers! Info: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/special-events/holiday-market Fairfax City Parks and Recreation City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Don't miss your chance to shop the final weekend of the Fairfax City Holiday Market Dec. 10-12. Discover some amazing treasures — gifts for others or yourself — and enjoy delightful entertainment from local performers! Info: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/special-events/holiday-market Fairfax City Parks and Recreation City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
A lot of you have been walking by the highly anticipated Draper's Restaurant and you may have even caught these #muralists in action! These creative #murals are funded by The Economic Development Authority in collaboration with the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts! It is our hope that these beautiful #installations bring some added fun into Old Town, encourage local talent, and engage the community. Public art is not only inviting and inspiring, but visitors also get the chance to know our city a little better. When open, we hope you interact with these murals and help us tell the story of why #FairfaxCity is a great place to shop, visit, and live. Fairfax City Economic Development Authority City of Fairfax Government #newdevelopment #drapersrestaurant #drapersfairfax #art #mural #fairfaxcityva
TODAY: On Sunday, Dec. 5, come Home for the Holidays with the Main Street Community Band. (Christmas sweater optional.) Free tickets are required from the City of Fairfax Band. Click here for information: https://www.fairfaxband.org/product-category/tickets/ City of Fairfax Band Association City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
TODAY: On Sunday, Dec. 5, come Home for the Holidays with the Main Street Community Band. (Christmas sweater optional.) Free tickets are required from the City of Fairfax Band. Click here for information: https://www.fairfaxband.org/product-category/tickets/ City of Fairfax Band Association City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Santa, Cider, S'mores, Lights, Camera, Carols! The 2021 Festival of Lights and Carols will take place TODAY (12/4) in Old Town Square. Music and treats (and more!) begin at noon, and the Christmas Tree lighting and carols step off at 5:30 p.m. Details here: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/special-events/festival-of-lights-and-carols Fairfax City Parks and Recreation City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Santa, Cider, S'mores, Lights, Camera, Carols! The 2021 Festival of Lights and Carols will take place TODAY (12/4) in Old Town Square. Music and treats (and more!) begin at noon, and the Christmas Tree lighting and carols step off at 5:30 p.m. Details here: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/special-events/festival-of-lights-and-carols Fairfax City Parks and Recreation City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts