The long-term economic impact of COVID-19 is still unknown, but our local culture sector is feeling the financial strains today.  The arts bring communities together, but they rely heavily on their patron’s financial support through performance attendance or classes.  The lockdown is keeping us safe in our homes, but you can still stay engaged with the arts in our community:   

Support the Arts

Consider donating the money that you would have spent on tickets to a live performance or exhibition ticket to an artist and art organizations instead. A tax-deductible donation will help keep the arts alive during this uncertain time. Or buy that membership or subscription that never made it off your to do-list.  Unsure who to contact, then visit ARTSFAIRFAX’s Arts Directory for a list of artists and art organizations in Fairfax County.  

Go Virtual

Experience the arts in the safety of your home by going online.  Meet friends or take the family to an online class, tour a virtual museum, or watch a performance.  COVID-19 may force us apart, but the arts are meant to bring us together.

The list of artists and arts organizations moving online is growing.  Here are a few to get you started:

Engage the Arts

After weeks of being stuck at home, are you tired of looking at the same space?  Contact an artist and commission a piece of art specifically for your home.  Host an online happy hour and hire an artist for your party entertainment.  Or contact your favorite art nonprofit and ask them what they need –help to understand the SBA loan, grant research assistance or social media expertise.

Advocate for the Arts

Contact your local officials and tell them that the health, well-being and financial security of artists and arts organizations are important to your community. You can find your elected officials at fairfaxcounty.gov/myneighborhood/.

Arts Resource Page

The arts community needs resources today more than ever. In response to the current crisis, ARTSFAIRFAX has developed a COVID-19 resource page.  Information is updated regularly. 

It is the arts that create a vibrant, engaging community and it will be the arts that will bring the community back together.

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