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  • Virginia Local Arts Agencies

    Local Arts Agencies (LAAs) are an important part of the fabric in cultivating greater equity to access in the arts. LAAs promote, support, and develop the arts at the local level, ensuring a vital presence for the arts throughout Virginia's communities. LAAs are diverse in their makeup—they have many different names and embrace a spectra of artistic disciplines. But each LAA, in its own way, works to sustain the health and vitality of the arts and artists locally, while also striving to make the arts accessible to all members of a community. Each LAA in the Commonwealth is unique to the community that it serves and each evolves within its community—no two LAAs are exactly alike in name, programming, or even mission.*

    *Adapted from Americans for the Arts, What is a Local Arts Agency?

  • National Resources


  • Resources for Individual Artists

  • Public Art

    • Public Art Reston
      Public Art Reston was established in 2007 by community organizations and leaders to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston. The "Public Art Master Plan for Reston" was adopted in December 2008 by the Public Art Reston Board of Directors. It is the first unincorporated community in the United States to have adopted such a plan. Public Art Reston imagines public art throughout Reston that inspires the community and engages the mind and senses. www.publicartreston.org

    • Forecast PublicArt  Public Art Toolkit
      This toolkit will provide you with information and examples of all aspects of public art, from contemporary ideas and resources, to a step by step guide to the entire process of creating public art. The Forecast Public Art Toolkit is divided into five main sections, each accessible from the tabs at the top of every page or the center navigation column.
      http://forecastpublicart.org/toolkit/

    • The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions
      Learn exactly how to start and build a career as a public artist. Part how-to and part manifesto, …navigating the “system,” working efficiently, and standing up for their worth and their rights.
      http://guidetopublicart.com/home.html

    • Americans for the Arts Public Art Network
      Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the diverse field of public art. PAN is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment.
      http://www.artsusa.org/networks/public_art_network/

    • Arlington Arts - Public Art
      The Arlington Commission for the Arts advises the County on policy and program development, oversees the grants and public art programs, advocates for the arts in Arlington and acts as a liaison between the arts community and the County. Arts Commission members are appointed by the County Board.
      http://www.arlingtonarts.org/cultural-affairs/public-art-in-arlington.aspx

    • The Newport News Public Art Foundation
      The Newport News Public Art Foundation is dedicated to helping make Newport News an appealing place to live, work and visit by placing monumental-scale works of art by respected sculptors throughout the city, where people can enjoy art as they go about their daily lives. The Foundation also works to encourage and help the public enjoy, appreciate and engage with the sculpture around them, through outreach and education programs.
      http://www.nnpaf.org

    • ArtInPlace- Charlottesville
      The non-profit corporation ArtInPlace under the sponsorship of City Council, has established sites around the City of Charlottesville, Virginia to make art accessible to the general public.
      http://www.artinplace.org/

    • Richmond Public Art Commission
      In 1991, the Planning Commission, on the recommendation of City Council, appointed a Public Art Commission (PAC) to administer a Public Art Program. In January of 1997, City Council passed an ordinance formalizing the Percent-for-the-Arts Process and mandating its funding through the Capital Improvements budget.
      http://www.richmondgov.com/CommissionPublicArt/index.aspx

    • Art in Public Places (AiPP) - Bristol
      Art in Public Places is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. It is our goal to install art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community. Artist submissions are solicited from throughout the nation, and entries are judged by an expert juror, who is selected by the Art in Public Places Board.
      http://aippbristol.org/

    • Roanoke Public Art Program / Arts Commission
      The public art program in the City of Roanoke was established in 2002 and the Roanoke Arts Commission (RAC) was later charged with the development of a detailed plan for public art.
      http://www.roanokeva.gov/85256A8D0062AF37/vwContentByKey/N26W7LD8294LBASEN

  • Virginia Resources

    • Preservation Virginia, is a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889 dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations.
    • Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, shall foster through its living-history museums – Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center – an awareness and understanding of the early history, settlement, and development of the United States through the convergence of Native American, European, and African cultures and the enduring legacies bequeathed to the nation.
    • Library of Virginia preserves the legacy of Virginia's culture and history and provides access to the most comprehensive information resources for and about Virginia.
    • Preservation Alliance of Virginia provides services and technical advice for preservation projects and programs; communication among individuals, businesses, and organizations interested in preservation; and educational opportunities for preservationists and the public
    • Since its founding by the Virginia General Assembly in 1970, the Science Museum of Virginia has become the premier center for hands-on science education in Virginia. The Museum has permanent exhibitions on health, energy and natural science and includes hundreds of interactive exhibits, fascinating artifacts, live animals, a theater company and cutting edge technology.
    • With over 1,000 members, Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) brings together individuals and institutions of our Virginia and D.C. museum community to further education and training, foster development, and provide support for museums and museum staff. Established in 1968, VAM gives cultural and historical sites in Virginia and the District of Columbia a forum to voice common concerns, share ideas, learn from each other, and grow stronger in the process.
    • The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
    • The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the State Historic Preservation Office. Their mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.
    • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) is a catalyst for the cultural, civic, artistic, and educational vitality of the Commonwealth. Their purpose is to understand the past and confront issues in the present, in order to help shape a more promising future. They seek to discover and share untold stories, encourage lifelong learning, and promote civil discourse.
    • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all.
    • Virginia Museum of Natural History Exhibits, education programs for all ages, and publications translate the Museum curators' scientific research into easily understood language and concepts. The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is: To interpret Virginia's natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all citizens of the Commonwealth.
    • Virginia Tourism Corporation The overriding goal of all of VTC’s activities is to “serve the broader interests of the economy of Virginia by supporting, maintaining and expanding the Commonwealth’s domestic and international inbound tourism and motion picture production industries in order to increase visitor expenditures, tax revenues and employment.”
    • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation supports the richness and diversity of the region’s arts resources and promotes wider access to the art and artists of the region, nation and world. The Foundation serves the states and territories of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia.