2017-2018 Grant Awards

FY 2017-2018 Project Grants

Art Stops Public Art for Falls Church by Falls Church Arts
Falls Church Arts Inc. received a $3,600 grant for a pilot project to install a temporary exhibit of original pieces of public art in the city’s new bus shelters. The different art displays at each shelter will add color, vibrancy, scenic sites in the City, and fun to the streetscape -- stimulating excellence in the FC area of arts, theater, culture and history by highlighting it in our streetscape. A vibrant downtown adds interest and dynamic appeal to our downtown and residential areas where the bus stops are located and present a coordinated appeal with the original artwork visible on both the inside and outside of the shelters. The artworks will be coordinated to present a strong art presence; appealing to widest audience possible. This project will be open to all artists who enter and will encourage cultural and ethnic diversity.

Tinner Hill Blues Festival by Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation
Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation (THHF) was awarded $5,000 for creating promotional, publicity and marketing materials for the 2018 Tinner Hill Blues Festival. The funds will be used to promote and advertise the festival. The festival, which takes place from Friday, June 8 through Sunday June 10 2018 is the city’s oldest ethnic festival and is in its 25th year. The festival brings widespread exposure for the city generating a positive economic impact by attracting visitors from all around the region.

Holiday Concert by Washington Sinfonietta
Washington Sinfonietta (WS) was awarded $1,900 to help fund a free family holiday concert with reception at the Falls Church Episcopal Church on Sunday December 10, 2017. The mission of the WS to enrich the community through affordable, accessible, and high-quality symphonic and chamber music performances. The holiday concert will also provide opportunities for local school youth choruses and student musicians to perform.

Watch Night Sponsored by The Little City CATCH Foundation
TLCCF has received on behalf of Watch Night, a $5,000 grant to support this annual event, now in its 20th year. This New Year’s Eve celebration is a free event, fun for all ages, supporting local entertainers, artists and businesses. Grant funds support the general entertainment expenses for this event.

Bold New Works – Witch by Creative Cauldron
Creative Cauldron was awarded $5,000 (including a $2,500 matching grant from VCA) to continue their initiative to fund Witch, Creative Cauldron’s fourth musical premiere, written by the critically acclaimed creative team of Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith. Witch examines the complex and compelling stories of women who’ve been labeled as witches throughout the centuries. A series of post-show discussions will feature guest speakers exploring commonalities and differences in how woman and men in power are portrayed and the impact that this has on our community.

Public Sculpture Project Sponsored by Falls Church Arts
GMHS Art Teacher, Marc Robarge was awarded a $4,000 grant ( including a $2,000 matching grant from VCA) for this hands on community project designed to engage a diverse range of people working together to construct environmental and socially relevant temporary sculptures in a selected city park. The project will be a series of approximately 6 outdoor sculptures allowing viewers to consider the relationship of art to nature.

Operational Grants

Creative Cauldron

Guided by the belief that creativity is a fundamental need of the human spirit, Creative Cauldron (CC) is dedicated to providing affordable, enriching, and diverse experiences in the performing and visual arts to Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, DC community. The 2017/18 season will be CC’s eighth season producing live theatre at ArtSpace Falls Church. Funding will assist CC with office administration expenses, utilities, and operating overhead of the facility. The grant amount was $10,000.

Falls Church Arts
Falls Church Arts (FCA) Mission is to ensure that the arts are an essential part of the cultural environment of the City of Falls Church. To achieve this end, the organization will conceive, develop, and implement programs to foster the visual, performing and applied arts in our DC area community. Their new space Falls Church Arts Central Gallery opened on February 26, 2017 at 700-B West Broad Street and with that membership and interest in the organization has spiked. FCA received for operations funds to acquire and train interns on a stipend basis through FCA to complete many of the routine daily tasks. The grant amount was $7,000.

The Little City CATCH Foundation
The goal of the Little City CATCH Foundation is to support activities, programs, events and strategies that encourage arts, history and cultural education and to strengthen the vitality of these efforts in the City and serves as a catalyst, facilitating interconnections with groups and in the greater community. The Little City CATCH Foundations was awarded grant funds to be used for broad general expenses. Examples of needs include but are not limited to professional services, storage space, office supplies, technical supplies and equipment, and website admin costs. The grant amount was $4,167.

Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation
The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation (THHF) supports a variety of activities that preserve, present, and interpret the rich African-American history, civil rights legacy, music and culture of Falls Church for residents, teachers, students, and visitors. Annual programs include the Harlem Renaissance Fair and Tinner Hill Blues Festival. Operational funding will assist THHF with administrative and general operating expenses needed to ensure continued success of these annual events and projects. The grant amount was $3,833.