Neighborhood Art Celebration 2021

For the first annual Neighborhood Art Celebration, residents of Fairfax were invited to create art in their front yards turning the City of Fairfax in to an outdoor gallery. Residents of all ages were invited to create their own masterpieces inspired by the “Art Heals” theme of the 2021 Spotlight on the Arts Festival. Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts and Twins Ace Hardware provided 120 free art kits to city residents to encourage creativity during the Celebration. In addition to that, over 35 residents from around the City submitted their art work to be featured as part of the Drive By Day of the Neighborhood Art Celebration. On the Drive By Day the community was invited to download the map and drive around the City to enjoy the art created by their neighbors. Click through some highlights from the Celebration!

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Local Arts Events

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Virtual Highlights form 2021 Festival you can watch again!

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Virginia Opera

What is something that all of us find ourselves so desperately missing in these times… Travel. Vacation. Exotic escape?

Virginia Opera has the perfect event for you! Pour a cocktail and join us on this virtual escape. Travel with us on a journey to Paris, Barcelona, all over the world, accompanied by the American Songbook, Broadway and Musical Theatre realms…for, in the timely and abiding words of Cole Porter, “There’s no cure like travel!” The best part… there’s no need for you to actually pack your bags, grab your passport, or even your wallet. Cabaret With Us, filmed in Richmond at Hotel Greene!

Acting for Young Peoples Student Playwright Festival

Acting for Young People is thrilled to present the 4nd Annual Student Playwright Festival! Ideal for the whole family, this collection of hilarious and heartwarming readings of original plays written by AFYP students ages 7 – 18, and feature performances by professional and student actors.

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A Song of Freedom

Including two world premiers by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Michael Nickens. The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music presents a pre-recorded digital concert featuring the rich choral, orchestral, and wind ensemble repertoire of Black composers. In addition to works by William Grant Still and George Walker, this concert features two world premieres of commissioned works by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Dewberry School of Music Faculty Michael Nickens. Simpson-Curenton’s Passages is a moving choral work that powerfully proclaims, “Sing a song of freedom.” The program also features a commissioned work for combined bands and narration composed by Michael Nickens (Doc Nix), performed by the wind ensemble and Green Machine.

City of Fairfax Band Association’s Spotlight Concert

The City of Fairfax Band Association is pleased to present our virtual “Spotlight on the Arts” concert! The program features the six adult ensembles of the Association all celebrating the arrival of spring.