Spotlight on the Arts Festival

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 1:00pm

Veterans Amphitheater
10455 Armstrong Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

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For over 35 years the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival has attracted accomplished visual and performing artists to the greater Fairfax community.

Now, more than ever, we understand the importance of the arts in our lives. The arts do not just create community but they have the power to heal. That is why the theme for the 2021 Spotlight on the Arts Festival is Art Heals.

The 2021 Festival will look a little different than it has in the past. The festival will have both virtual and in person events, taking into account all of the latest COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.

The Fairfax community will still enjoy performances from George Mason University, City of Fairfax Theatre Company, Shoestring Theatre Company, art from your neighbors plus so much more. Even in challenging times, Spotlight on the Arts will continue to put the “spotlight” on existing and emerging arts-oriented organizations and activities in the central Fairfax area!


Spotlight on the Arts Neighborhood Art Celebration

City of Fairfax residents are invited to turn their front yard and neighborhood in to a drive-by art gallery. Spotlight’s Theme for 2021 is “Art Heals.” Part of healing is building community. What better way to create community than to have neighborhood art displays?

From April 23 – May 9 residents of Fairfax will be invited to create art displays in their front yard. The displays can be made of whatever you like. Create a sculpture out of your recycling for the week, turn your driveway into a work of art with sidewalk chalk, or buy some plywood and paint a mural! The options are endless.

Since we do not want the price of buying art supplies to be a hindrance, Spotlight on the Arts will provide art kits to those who need them. Each kit will contain, a 2×4’ piece of plywood, a can of Chalkboard paint, and rainbow chalk to create your own chalk board that you can keep! Sign up to receive your kit by emailing Megan at If your art work is sensitive to the weather, the Drive by Day for the Neighborhood Art Celebration will be May 1 (Rain date May 2).

1:00pm - 3:00pm: MCT Fest

Two to three-hour live music event, featuring original music by students in the MCT program at the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

Location: Veterans Amphitheater - 10455 Armstrong Street Fairfax, VA 22030

5:00pm: Breaking Barriers

Fairfax Academy dancers salute American Dancers who have broken barriers in the field of dance and those who continue to break down walls. Each class will live stream a dance inspired by American dance icons, including Cloven Kingdom, an original artwork created by Paul Taylor.

Location: Virtual

6:30pm: Cabaret

Join City of Fairfax Theatre Company for an evening at the Cabaret!

Location: Veterans Amphitheatre - 10455 Armstrong Street Fairfax, VA 22030

8:00pm: A Song of Freedom: Musical Reflections Featuring Black Composers

Including two world premiers by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Michael Nickens. The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music presents a pre-recorded digital concert featuring the rich choral, orchestral, and wind ensemble repertoire of Black composers. In addition to works by William Grant Still and George Walker, this concert features two world premieres of commissioned works by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Dewberry School of Music Faculty Michael Nickens. Simpson-Curenton’s Passages is a moving choral work that powerfully proclaims, “Sing a song of freedom.” The program also features a commissioned work for combined bands and narration composed by Michael Nickens (Doc Nix), performed by the wind ensemble and Green Machine.

Location: Virtual

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