This year, ArtsFairfax received requests for over $937,000 in funding and allocated a total of $441,900.
The Operating Support Grant program is designed to assist local, nonprofit arts organizations with funding to support their basic operational needs.
In recognition of the challenges that the arts community has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, ArtsFairfax says it increased the minimum grant amount to $1,000 and waived a requirement that recipients match the funds they receive.
ArtsFairfax President and CEO Linda S. Sullivan says the program was also modified to place more emphasis on equity and how organizations are considering issues of diversity, access, and inclusion in their operations, programs, and services.
“The past year has created an unprecedented hardship for arts organizations and artists,” Sullivan said. “The Operating Support Grant provides arts organizations with critically needed funding for basic operations — funding that helps keeps the doors open — as they develop artistic programming for audiences return.”
The Tysons, Vienna, McLean, and Falls Church organizations that received grants are:
- 1st Stage
- BalletNova Center for Dance
- Creative Cauldron
- McLean Project for the Arts (MPA)
- New Dominion Chorale
- Providence Players of Fairfax
- The Choralis Foundation
- The McLean Symphony
- The Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble, Inc.
- Traveling Players Ensemble, Inc.
- Vienna Arts Society
- Vienna Choral Society
- Vienna-Falls Chorus of Sweet Adelines
- Vienna Community Band
“Fairfax County residents benefit from a dynamic and diverse arts sector,” Sullivan said. “To sustain and grow our cultural capital over the long-term requires a consistent source of public and private funds. ArtsFairfax’s Operating Support Grants are a direct investment in our community ensuring that the arts remain centerpieces and economic engines in our community.”
Photo via Traveling Players Ensemble/Facebook
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