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The City of Fairfax promotes the value of arts and culture by nurturing, investing in and celebrating the creative contributions of artists, musicians and arts organizations. By engaging the community, encouraging participation and facilitating access to the arts, the City is working with local artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant community for all of the City's residents, businesses and visitors.

For more information about the Cultural Arts in Fairfax, contact Cultural Arts Manager Megan DuBois at Megan.DuBois@fairfaxva.gov or 703-273-6097

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Below is a sample of some of the most popular Cultural Arts Programs Fairfax offers.

Special Exhibits

Korean Grandmothers' Autobiographical Painting Exhibition

Korean Art

This is an exhibition of Korean senior’s autobiographical fairy tale paintings. Koreans now in their 70s and 80s experienced very dynamic environments such as that of the Japanese colonial period, the Korean War, democratization, Korea's rapid economic growth and the technetronic boom.

Their paintings will offer us a glimpse into their emotions and help us understand better their perspective of the world. In a rapidly changing society this exhibition will force the audience to contemplate what is precious in this life and how to live in the future.

This is a traveling exhibit from Suncheon, South Korea.  Will be up in the Sherwood Center Rotary Gallery from May 28 - June 8 2019.

Please Join Us for the Opening Reception on May 29 from 6-9pm

Summer Events

 Kidz Korner Summer 2019 final

 

Kidz Korner features family programming every Saturday at 10:30am in Old Town Square during the summer, June-August.  

Funday Monday
 MissCathy
 StoryAudience  Zumba

Every Monday, beginning the second Monday in September, there will be family programming.  It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts, and more!  All performances and programs begin at10:30am. All performances and programs - unless otherwise noted - will be held at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. There is ample parking in the downtown, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St. Email Megan

Funday Monday Summer 2019 Final

 All Events are Sponsored by
City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts & Paint Your Own Pottery
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ArtScreen

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ArtScreen is a free film series celebrating the arts on Friday
evenings at the in the City of Fairfax.

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 November 2  January 4  April 5
 “Amadeus” 
1984  •  Winner of 8
Academy Awards
 "The Glenn Miller Story"
1954 • Academy Award
for Best Sound
 "The Buddy Holly Story"
1978 • Academy Award for
Best Music, Original Score
Doors Open: 7pm 
Film Start Time: 7:15pm 
Doors Open: 7pm  
Film Start Time: 7:30pm  
 Doors Open: 7pm  
Film Start Time: 7:30pm 
 Refreshments Refreshments   Refreshments

 

All screenings will be at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax VA 22030


Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall

Performances begin at 8:00pm October through April. Please find the full schedule of performers below. All performance take place at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax VA 22030, unless otherwise noted. Please arrive early as there are no booked tickets and it is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 Date  Show Title  Performer  Genre
 October 12
 "Two for a Song"  D'Amor Duo  Ragtime Piano & Vocalist
 October 26**  "Sounds of the Saxophone" Washington Saxophone Quartet  Jazz, Bach, Bernstein
 November 9  "A Night Of Jazz" The Hot Lanes Big Band With
Bobby Jasinski
 Big Band
 December 7  "Christmas Cheer" Cathedral Brass  Seasonal Brass
 January 11  "Mason Jazz Guitar Night" Shawn Purcell and Friends  Jazz
 January 25   "A Celebration of Robert Burns" IONA Celtic Fusion  Celtic Fusion
 February 1**
"Chocolate, Music, and Goodies"   Beau Soir  Flute, Harp Duo
 February 8  "A Night in New Orleans"  Dixie Power Trio  New Orleans Jazz
 February 22  "Sounds of the Clarinet"  Mpingo  Clarinet Quartet
 March 8  "Echos of Goya"  William Feasley  Guitar
 March 22  "Swing the Night Away"  Nitehawks Swing  Big Band
 April 12**
 "An Evening of Classical Sounds" Washington Chamber Orchestra  Classical


** Performance will take place at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Hwy Fairfax, VA 22030

All Events are Sponsored by
City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
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Guest Speakers

Mason Speaker Series: An Evening with Dr. Ed Maibach

Dr ed

"What do Americans think about climate change, and what—if anything—do they want to do about it?"

April 24, 2019 at 7pm in Old Town Hall

Dr. Edward  Maibach will present an overview of the findings from  public opinion polls regarding climate change conducted over the past decade.  Recently there has been a sharp increase in the  public’s understanding of and concern about climate change. He will discuss Mason’s efforts to increase public understanding of climate change.  There will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation.

 

Dr. Maibach serves on the advisory council of George Mason University’s  newly launched Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE), which will address Earth’s future, including the problem of global climate change. He is also a Mason distinguished University Professor and a communication scientist who is expert in the uses of strategic communication and social marketing to address climate change and related public health challenges. His research – funded by NSF, NASA and private foundations – focuses on public understanding of climate change and clean energy; the psychology underlying public engagement; and cultivating TV weathercasters, health professionals, and climate scientists as effective climate educators. From 2011 to 2014, Ed co-chaired the Engagement & Communication Working Group for the 3rd National Climate Assessment, and he currently advises myriad government agencies, museums, science societies and civic organizations on their climate change public engagement initiatives. He earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University, his Masters in Public Health at San Diego State University, and his BA in psychology at University of California, San Diego.