ARTSFAIRFAX is accepting nominations in the categories of Arts Education, Arts Impact and Arts Philanthropy for the 2020 Arts Awards. The ninth annual Arts Awards, to be held on Oct. 16, 2020, will recognize the visionary contributions the arts bring to Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Arts organizations and individuals may nominate others or self-nominate. ARTSFAIRFAX invites the public to submit their nominations before Friday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m.
The annual Arts Awards bring together the arts community, business community, and civic and elected leaders to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of artists, arts organizations and the private sector. Last year's honorees included NextStop Theatre Company, Stephen Roberts, Foon Sham, Margaret and Shashi Gupta, and former Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Chairman Sharon Bulova.
Awardees must currently reside in Fairfax County and/or the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and can be recognized in the following areas:
Arts Education Award recognizes an arts organization or individual arts educator in Fairfax County and/or the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church that has provided superlative arts education opportunities, experiences, or training for youth, students of all ages, or emerging artists.
Arts Impact Award recognizes an arts organization, of any discipline, for an arts program or activity that has provided significant opportunity or impact on citizens in Fairfax County and/or the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, based on the quality and/or transformational nature of the program, and breadth of individuals served.
Arts Philanthropy Award acknowledges private sector support of the arts in Fairfax County and/or the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, by honoring an individual, corporation or foundation that has provided leadership funding, long-term monetary support, or significant investment in the arts.