Welcome to the ArtsFairfax online application system!

This online application system is used for a variety of ArtsFairfax programs including grants, the Arts Awards, public art, Capital One Hall space use, and the artist residency program.

First time here?

Please click "Sign Up" to complete the registration process and create your free Submittable login credentials. Be sure to keep this login information for your records.

Before Beginning an Application:

  1. Take a few minutes to review the guidelines (available on the ArtsFairfax website and below with each category) including eligibility requirements.
  2. Keep a record of your user name and password (each artist/team/organization may have only one). 

Grant Applicants:

  1. Additional resources including grant information session presentations, sample applications, and grant guidelines are located on the ArtsFairfax website.
  2. Grant applicants are encouraged to attend a grant information session where the grant guidelines, review process, and on-line application are explained in detail.
  3. Please contact ArtsFairfax for instructions if you plan to apply for a grant with a Fiscal Sponsor.

Dates & deadlines:

Check each submission for time due and please don't wait until the last minute to submit.


Grants: Jackie Dubin (jdubin@artsfairfax.org)

Public Art and Capital One Hall: Lisa Mariam (lmariam@artsfairfax.org)

Arts Awards nominations: Debbie Mueller (DMueller@artsfairfax.org)

Ticket Subsidy Grants are non-matching grants to Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and City of Falls Church arts organizations to fund free and reduced-price tickets and transportation for performances, workshops, classes, and camps for people who may not have regular opportunities to experience the arts.

Award Amount

Applicants may request up to $5,000. No match is required. A Ticket Subsidy Grant is paid in full at the time of award.

Eligible Expenses

a) Ticket Value (for free or reduced priced tickets)

b) Fees/Tuition for classes, workshops, camps.

c) Transportation expenses.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until available funds are expended through June 30, 2023.


  • Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) Form and email – complete and email this form to NCS to be matched with one of the county’s many human service centers including early childhood/teen/community/seniors. With at least one month’s notice, NCS will provide free transportation.
  • Fairfax County Department of Transportation contact and programs
  • List of Human Services organizations
  • Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) arts division contacts

Read the complete Ticket Subsidy Grant Guidelines at https://artsfairfax.org/ticketsubsidy/

Request for Qualifications

Temporary Art Installation Opportunity

at Tysons Corner Center in Fairfax, VA


ArtsFairfax is accepting qualifications from artists, artist teams, and arts organizations for temporary art installations at Tysons Corner Center, a mixed-use destination owned by Macerich. The company is seeking artists and arts organizations to activate Tysons Corner Center spaces with art.

The selected artists/teams/organizations will provide visual art exhibitions for temporary installation inside the shopping center. Both static and interactive installations will be considered.


ArtsFairfax has partnered with Macerich, the owners and developers of Tysons Corner Center, to showcase local artists, artist teams, and arts organizations of Fairfax County. Through a series of temporary art installations, the more than 20 million yearly visitors who explore Tysons Corner Center’s retail and entertainment offerings will discover the diversity, creativity, and quality of visual artists from the Fairfax region.

Tysons Corner Center offers a mix of more than 300 retail brands, 40 dining destinations, a Hyatt Regency, VITA Luxury Apartments, and a 16-screen stadium seating and IMAX 3D AMC Theatres. Tysons’ outdoor plaza offers concerts and community events.

Tysons Corner Center is located about ten miles west of Washington, D.C. just off the Capital Beltway (I-495) near the intersection of Routes 7 and 123.

The goal for this initiative is to use the arts to engage the general public through art and reflect Macerich’s investment in the local community. ArtsFairfax and Macerich are looking for artwork that will:

1. Use the arts to activate the space while creating a unique environment.

2. Brand Tysons Corner Center as an innovative retail & entertainment community with a contemporary, progressive, and creative character.

3. Promote the work of local artists and arts organizations.

Macerich will work with the selected artist/team/organization to install the exhibitions. Both ArtsFairfax and Macerich will promote the exhibitions.

Exhibition Spaces

The exhibition spaces vary and can accommodate both 2-D and 3-D art. The space is fully accessible during Tysons Corner Center regular hours of Monday through Saturday from 10AM-9PM and Sunday from 11AM – 7PM.

Wall Spaces

A professional art hanging system will be installed. Adequate lighting is present. No art can be installed from the ceiling.

Approximately 9 ft in height with varying widths of 10-30 feet in length


Pedestals and display boxes need to be installed by programmer/artist if needed. Adequate lighting is present. No art can be installed from the ceiling. Sculpture, objects, and installations can be placed in the center of the space.

Approximately 20ft in height with varying radius distances. 


Both spaces are well lit with cameras on site as well as strolling mall security.


Macerich will not provide insurance.


Applications must be submitted online at https://artsfairfax.submittable.com. 

The following materials will be required to be uploaded:

1. Statement of Interest and description of your work or project,

2. Resume outlining your professional accomplishments. If submitting as a team or organization, please include resumes for each team member, with each resume being no longer than three pages.

3. Images of installed past work of similar scope, scale

Selection Process, Timeline, and Criteria

Eligibility: Professional artists, design professionals, and arts organizations are invited to apply as individuals or teams. The artist/team/organization must reside, work, and/or have a studio in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the City of Falls Church.

Contracts will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Each temporary art exhibition will be installed for a minimum of 8 weeks. Artists/teams/organizations may apply more than once.

Macerich will be the sole determiner of selection. All fees and project costs will be negotiated between Macerich and artist/artist team/organization.

The ArtsFairfax Awards recognize the visionary contributions that the arts bring to Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The event brings together elected officials, business professionals, and arts and community members to celebrate artists, arts organizations, and the private sector.

Education Award
The Education Award recognizes an artist or arts organization for providing exceptional arts education opportunities and experiences.

Impact Award
The Impact Award recognizes an arts organization, program, or activity that has provided significant impact in the Fairfax community.

Philanthropy Award
The 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.

ArtsFairfax Awards Nomination Process

Nominated individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations must reside in or conduct the predominant portion of their professional activity in Fairfax County or the Cities of Fairfax or Falls Church. Past winners are not eligible to win the same award, but may be nominated in a different category.

The deadline for nominations is 5:00pm on Friday, February 24, 2023. Notification to award winners will be made on or before March 31, 2023.  

All applications must be submitted via this online portal. All application questions must be answered (maximum of 500 words per response).

Submission of up to two (2) supplemental materials is optional, but encouraged. Supplemental materials may include, but are not limited to, program brochures, newspaper reviews or articles, testimonials, letters of support, or other marketing materials.

Multiple nominations are allowed. Please complete a separate form for each nomination. Also, self-nominations are accepted.

Please contact Caroline Barnes at cbarnes@artsfairfax.org for additional information and assistance.

ArtsFairfax will announce Awards winners to the public through our website, press releases, e-newsletters, and social media. ArtsFairfax will ask awardees to provide biographical information and photos. We will arrange to conduct a video interview with each awardee during the summer. We will present the video as part of the awards ceremony. The video interview will be the property of ArtsFairfax and used in future promotions. 

ArtsFairfax Awards Event:
The 2023 ArtsFairfax Awards will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 11:30am-2:00pm at Capital One Hall in Tysons, VA. We offer each awardee two (2) complimentary tickets to attend the ArtsFairfax Awards. Tables or additional seats may be purchased at special sponsorship or nonprofit rates.



Fairfax County, Virginia is a roughly 400-square miles jurisdiction that is home to a very diverse population of approximately 1.2 million people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 243,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the County resulting in (to date) approximately 1,620 deaths. This scale of disease and its impact to the communities of Fairfax County, as well as the impact to a County workforce that responded to the public health emergency, are worthy of memorialization. The County has identified a location for a significant public artwork that will commemorate the suffering of people in the pandemic as well as the heroism of the people who responded to the emergency.

More information about the demographic characteristics of Fairfax County, VA can be found here: Fairfax County General Overview | Demographics


An existing memorial plaza will be utilized for the placement of a central artwork that commemorates the experience of COVID-19 in Fairfax County. The plaza is located at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA and is comprised of a circular brick plaza, benches, and a small stone fountain.

The scope of work shall be confined to a sixteen-foot (16’) diameter circle (MEMORIAL PLACEMENT ZONE) in the center of the existing circular brick plaza as shown in the included diagram. The existing brick paving within the Memorial Placement Zone can be displaced but should be replaced with the installation of the artwork. The use of water as a feature of the memorial is encouraged. Any modifications should not interfere with the plumbing or function of the existing stormwater feature. Structural footings shall be coordinated with the Fairfax County Facilities Management Department to secure all necessary design drawings and permits. Additionally, any disturbed areas outside of the perimeter of the plaza will need to be restored to their original state. As-built drawings of the plaza area and fountain are included as part of this package.

The center rock at the site is an existing memorial which may be relocated for the new memorial. 

The contract and scope of work will be managed by Fairfax County Facilities Management Department. The artist/artist team shall regularly meet with key stakeholder groups, including the Fairfax County Park Authority, ArtsFairfax, and other stakeholders as determined in consultation/coordination with the County, throughout the design development process.

The selected installation must meet all applicable Fairfax County ordinances and Commonwealth of Virginia building codes, including stormwater and Health Department regulations. The selected artist or artist team will be required to coordinate with Fairfax County Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) to accommodate the existing stormwater site elements. All required permits and/or plans shall be submitted and coordinated with Land Development Services (LDS) for approval prior to commencing any work.

Applicable Commonwealth of Virginia Building Codes

The selected artist/artist team will be able to consult this site for any applicable code elements or guidance: 


Depending on the nature of the proposal, additional guidance may be found here:

•2008 National Electrical Code | http://www.nfpa.org

Applicable Fairfax County Codes

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has enacted various code requirements that affect land development activities.  For more information see https://library.municode.com/va/fairfax_county/codes/code_of_ordinances.


The $200,000 artist fee includes design, materials, fabrication, insurance, travel, packing, shipping, installation and a maintenance plan for the artwork.  Site preparation will be provided by Fairfax County. Fairfax County reserves the right to make modifications to the site preparation requirements if the costs exceed the County’s capabilities

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Will be managed by the Fairfax County Arts Committee


Application Opens: January 23, 2023

Application Deadline: April 12, 2023 by 5:00 p.m.

Artist Information Session: February 1, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. Via Zoom. Register here. Interested artists will sign on to a link provided by email.


This opportunity is open to all artists living and working in the metropolitan corridor encompassing Richmond/Washington/Baltimore who are eligible to work in the United States, including artists whose practice is poised for an opportunity in the public realm, and who fulfill the review criteria below. 


Experience in public artwork design and fabrication

Experience with government commissions and/or contracting 


Artists from minority or marginalized communities are encouraged to submit proposals.

Artists with experience in community engagement processes are encouraged to submit proposals.


Artists will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

• Past work shows a strong and clear artistic voice

• Experience working collaboratively, either in artistic practice or other experience

• Interest in working in the public realm with community members and stakeholders, as demonstrated in the responses to the Artist Questionnaire 

• Strength of past work in the self-selected areas of expertise and media indicated in the application

• Responses to the Artist Questionnaire


 Interested artists must apply via online application at ArtsFairfax.Submittable.com. Applicants must supply the following information and materials in their entirety for an application to be considered complete:

Artist Information:

Please provide the following:

• Name and pronoun(s)

• Racial and/or ethnic identity

• Business or studio name (if applicable)

• Email address

• Phone number

• Mailing address

• If applying as a team, the above information must be submitted for each member (up to two others), as well as a brief description of each member's role on the team.

• If applying as a business, the above information must be submitted for the business owners (primary contact plus up to two others).

• Primary Website/Social Media URL

• Secondary Website/Social Media URL (if applicable)

Artist Questionnaire

Please answer all of the following questions. 

If applying as a team or business, please be sure that the key members are represented in the responses, and that their roles are indicated.

1. Why do you want to create this artwork (150 words suggested max)?

2. In what ways do you engage with communities in your work as an artist or otherwise? Why is community engagement important to you? (100 words suggested max)

3. Please describe your vision for the public artwork you propose to make (500 words suggested max):

Additional Key Details

Applicants are asked to identify their areas of expertise and primary media. Applicants who select more than the indicated maximum will have their applications returned to them for revision. When making your selections, please keep in mind that your self-identified categories should be further demonstrated in your responses to the Artist Questionnaire and/or project/artwork samples provided in your application. 

 1. What are your areas of expertise and artwork types? (select no more than three)

• Community engagement and social justice

• Digital / lighting / projection art

• Environmental and landscape art

• Sculptural art

• Site-specific and integrated art

• 2-D art, including murals, mosaic, photography, etc.

2. What are your primary media? (select no more than three)

• Assemblage, including found objects, multimedia

• Audio / sound recording

• Sculpting, including wood, stone, other materials

• Ceramic / glass

• Digital / photography

• Fabrication, including wood, metal, glass

• Illustration / comics / graphic novels

• Kinetic art

• Landscape design

• Site-specificity determines materials used

3. Are you a teaching artist?

• Yes

• No

4. If yes, what age range(s) or specific audience(s) do you teach?

5. Do you provide fabrication services for other artists or designers? E.g., have you worked for hire to implement another artist’s or designer’s vision.

• Yes

• No

6. Do you work in a cooperative or collaborative studio? 

• Yes

• No

7. Do you have any accreditations, certifications, notable experiences (formal or informal), or awards that are relevant to this opportunity?

• Yes (please list, including the year received)

• No

8.  If selected, do you grant permission for the Fairfax County Government to include all the material provided within this application in your profile as part of project information sharing? 

• Yes

• No

9.  If you are selected for consideration, you may be requested to travel to a location in Fairfax County, VA to present your proposal and a maquette in person to a selection committee. A stipend of $1,000 will be provided to finalists selected to present proposals to cover costs of travel and maquette production. 

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Five (5) Project/Artwork Samples

As part of your application, you may submit up to five (5) project/artwork samples. These work samples should clearly demonstrate your experience and skills in the self-identified areas of expertise and primary media that you selected in this application. Your submissions should be jpg or PDF to represent each sample.

If applying as a business or team, it is recommended that you submit samples of artwork that were created collaboratively.

Please name files using the following naming convention: Artist Last Name_Artist First Name_Name of Artwork1 (for example, “Kahlo_Frida_Self Portrait1.jpg”)

Project Sample Descriptions

Within the application form, you will be prompted to enter descriptive information for each work project sample, including the title, medium, dimensions, year, budget estimate and a brief (50-word max) description of each to share any critical contextual information that is not already evident in the work sample.


Please provide three professional references. References must be affiliated with projects completed within the past five years.