Art Works for Virginia 2022

This year again, Art Works for Virginia 2022 will take place virtually. And instead of 1 - 1 1/2 days of continuous programming, we have modified the format to be a monthly series of 90-minute professional development sessions on thematic topics. Join us each 4th Wednesday of January - April, from 3:30 - 5 PM.

Session Dates and Topics (3:30 - 5 PM):

January 22, 2022 - Webinar Recording Here; Opening Reception and Awards Recording Here
We all know that the arts has the power to transcend across all communities, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by ethnicity, economics, geography, or disability. January's launch will continue our conversation around Cultural Equity and IDEA, by providing two examples of how communities across the US are using--in these cases--music, to build common understandings and positive dialogue, and reach underserved communities. Blues musician Joe Seamons is co-founder of the Rhapsody Project, a Seattle-based organization committed to utilizing music and the roots of music to cultivate cultural equity. Joe is a musician and educator based in the Pacific Northwest and dedicated to helping people connect with their heritage through music and storytelling. As a leader of the Rhapsody Project, he works with people of all ages to explore the influence of regional and personal history through the lens of American blues and folk songs. Stay tuned for additional speakers.

February 23, 2022 - Community Support for Individual Artists - Webinar Recording Here
Justin "Demeanor" Herrington, one of January's co-presenters, returns to share more about how his organization has shifted its model since the pandemic started, to provide greater resources and supports for capacity-building of artists. Then learn about how one local government is expanding its engagement with local artists, as we hear from Doug Jackson, Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City of Roanoke, on their 2022-23 initiative "Year of the Artist", and much more. 

March 23, 2022 - Expanding Access to Arts in Education - Webinar Recording Here
Learn about the exciting new "Arts Ed Data Project", a collaboration involving Virginia's Fine Arts Coalition, Department of Education, and Virginia Commission for the Arts that aims to gather and analyze the existing arts education systems across the state in order to identify gaps. Then hear from a national community and how they have applied findings to systemic change in order to create greater, more equitable access to the arts for students. 

April 27, 2022 - Tools for Expanding Creative Spaces and Placemaking in Your Community - - Webinar Recording Here
Hear from ARTSFAIRFAX about their new "Creative Spaces Toolkit", a roadmap to interim activation of vacant buildings and spaces, specifically designed to create a collaboration between the arts sector, property owners, and government officials. Then hear from Kate Pittman, Executive Director of ViBe Creative District, on the range of initiatives that have made Virginia Beach's Oceanfront District a national model for a destination/tourism experience. 

Archive: 2021 Artworks for Virginia Resources