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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.

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