Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Announces 2021 Festival

Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts announces the 2021 Festival will be held from April 23 – May 9, 2021.

For over 35 years the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival has attracted accomplished visual and performing artists to the greater Fairfax community.

Now, more than ever, we understand the importance of the arts in our lives. The arts do not just create community but they have the power to heal. That is why the theme for the 2021 Spotlight on the Arts Festival is Art Heals.

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The 2021 Festival

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The 2021 Festival will look a little different than it has in the past. The festival will have both virtual and in person events, taking into account all of the latest COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.

The Fairfax community will still enjoy performances from George Mason University, City of Fairfax Theatre Company, Shoestring Theatre Company, art from your neighbors plus so much more. Even in challenging times, Spotlight on the Arts will continue to put the “spotlight” on existing and emerging arts-oriented organizations and activities in the central Fairfax area!

Highlights for the 2021 Festival include

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Looking for Love Event

Looking for L O V E

From April 23 – May 7

We all know Virginia is for Lovers; our local lace makers have created LOVE signs out of their tools and materials to celebrate the healing power of love and their love of making lace. Take a stroll around Old Town Fairfax and see how many LOVE signs you can find!
Neighborhood Art

Spotlight on the Arts Neighborhood Art Celebration

From April 23 – May 9

Residents of Fairfax will be invited to create art displays in their front yard. The displays can be made of whatever you like. Create a sculpture out of your recycling for the week, turn your driveway into a work of art with sidewalk chalk, or buy some plywood and paint a mural! The options are endless.

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I Ain’t Made That Way, the film

April 24, 2021

Join Shoestring Theatre Company for the premiere of I Ain’t Made That Way. This film was shot mostly in at the Old Fire Station #3 in Old Town Fairfax and Keokee, Va. The evening will begin with an incredible performance by award-winning Appalachian musical artist Tyler Hughes. Hughes music will make you smile, clap your hands and want to dance!

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VMFA On the Road

May 1 – 2, 2021

Each year, VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century travels across the landscape of Virginia from the Eastern Shore to the mountains of the Southwest. This exhibition of paintings, photographs, woodblock prints, and engravings from the museum’s permanent collection explores the diversity and beauty of these natural realms.

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Black Voices Screening

May 7, 2021

The Black Voices project is a storytelling and movement initiative based on lived experiences of students from Mason’s School of Dance. With a process created by Rafael Palacios, artistic director of Afro-Colombian dance company Sankofa Danzafro, to keep artists engaged during COVID-19 lockdowns, and to honor personal stories inspired by racial justice movements around the world.

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The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series featuring Virginia Opera

May 7, 2021

Join us for the final virtual performance of the Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series of the 20/21 Season.

National Anthem Contest

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Enter for your chance to sing the National Anthem at the City of Fairfax Fourth of July Evening Show.

Rules

  • Must be 14 or over to enter
  • Must be available the evening of July 4, 2021
  • Must be a City of Fairfax Resident
  • Can be individual, duo or group (Social distancing encouraged if outside of your family unit)
  • You can sing accapella or with a track

Prizes

  • Perform the National Anthem at the City of Fairfax (IDCC?) Fourth of July Evening Show
  • 4th of July T-Shirt
  • VIP Pass to the show
  • Reserved area for family
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Paint Your Own

Spotlight on the Arts Neighborhood Art Celebration

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City of Fairfax residents are invited to turn their front yard and neighborhood in to a drive-by art gallery. Spotlight’s Theme for 2021 is “Art Heals.” Part of healing is building community. What better way to create community than to have neighborhood art displays?

From April 23 – May 9 residents of Fairfax will be invited to create art displays in their front yard. The displays can be made of whatever you like. Create a sculpture out of your recycling for the week, turn your driveway into a work of art with sidewalk chalk, or buy some plywood and paint a mural! The options are endless.

Since we do not want the price of buying art supplies to be a hindrance, Spotlight on the Arts will provide art kits to those who need them. Each kit will contain, a 2×4’ piece of plywood, a can of Chalkboard paint, and rainbow chalk to create your own chalk board that you can keep! Sign up to receive your kit by emailing Megan at Megan.DuBois@fairfaxva.gov. If your art work is sensitive to the weather, the Drive by Day for the Neighborhood Art Celebration will be May 1 (Rain date May 2)

Enter you address below to get on the map so people can find your art!

National Anthem Contest

Submit a video singing the National Anthem by April 29 at 5pm.

Top 3 finalists will be selected, by a committee made up of members from IDCC, Spotlight on the Arts and Commission on the Arts. Finalists voting will take place on the Spotlight on the Arts/IDCC Facebook page from May 7 – May 9.

Neighborhood Art Gallery

Rules

  • Artwork must be visible from the street. Should not exceed 6’ wide or 6’ tall, or block views of turns and the road for passing motorists.
  • Artwork can be created by as many members of the household as would like to participate.
  • All ages welcome!
  • Artwork may be displayed from April 23 – May 9.
  • Artwork may NOT contain obscene, inappropriate, or defamatory words or images.