At its annual Arts Awards luncheon held October 25, the Arts Council of Fairfax County honored the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) with the 2013 Jinx Hazel Arts Award. The award, named for Mrs. Til “Jinx” Hazel, “celebrates individuals or organizations who have exhibited dedication to the arts, and whose vision and commitment has played a significant role in the cultural life of our community.”
In a statement, the Arts Council praised the FCEDA “for its outstanding leadership and service to civic life and leadership in the arts and culture in Fairfax County. The FCEDA highlights Fairfax County’s rich cultural life and cosmopolitan environment through its advertising campaigns, web site, and the presentation of opportunities in the arts to its many business prospects.”
Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA, accepted the award on behalf of the authority. “The Economic Development Authority markets Fairfax County to businesses throughout the United States and the world, and one of the essential assets we promote is our collective quality of life,” Gordon said. “The arts are acknowledged to be – and must continue to be – an integral part of all we do and experience. A world-class community is one in which the arts are appreciated, supported and celebrated.”
The luncheon at the Fairview Park Marriott drew 370 attendees. Others honored by the Arts Council:
- Cityline Partners LLC, the Arts Philanthropy Award.
- Riverbend Opera Company, the Emerging Arts Award.
- Kathryn Fredgren, founder of the BalletNova Center for Dance, the Arts Achievement Award.
Award winners received raku vessels created by Dale Marhanka, the ceramics director and a faculty member and resident artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in the Lorton community of Fairfax County.
Founded in 1964, the Arts Council of Fairfax County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designated as Fairfax County's local arts agency and the only umbrella organization serving and representing all forms of art in the county. Programs and initiatives that support the mission include grant programs, arts advocacy, arts education programs, and professional development opportunities for artists and arts groups.