County Board Approves Arts Grants

Published on July 13, 2019

The Arlington County Board today approved $215,810 in grants to Arlington arts organizations and individual artists for Fiscal Year 2020.

Fifteen of the 18 grants will fund arts organizations and three grants, totaling $15,000, will go to individual artists. The largest grant, an innovative project grant of $27,475, was awarded to the Arlington Arts Center. The grants were recommended by the Arlington Arts Commission, and will be administered by Arlington Economic Development.

"These grants to arts organizations and individual artists underscore Arlington's ongoing commitment to the arts as a vital part of our community," Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said. "They are an important part of a support structure for the arts that includes providing venues, technical support, professional training and much more — all designed to ensure that Arlington's art scene is vibrant, diverse and accessible to all."

The Board voted unanimously to approve the grants. To read the staff report and view the complete list of grant awardees, scroll to Item No.  37 on the agenda for the Saturday, July 13, 2019 Regular County Board Meeting.

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The Arts Commission received 27 grant applications for FY 2020, 19 from nonprofit arts organizations and eight from individual artists. Submissions were reviewed by panels of art experts and committees of Arts Commissioners.

The Board-appointed  Arlington Commission for the Arts makes annual funding recommendations to the Board, in keeping with the County's "Policy for the Support of Arts Organizations and Artists." Adopted by the County Board in 1990, the policy authorizes the commission to decide on grants of facilities and technical services and make recommendations to the Board on direct financial support to Arlington arts organizations and artists.

Learn more about Arlington County's support for the arts.