Arts Council of Fairfax County to Host Inaugural Arts Awards Luncheon on October 12

“Jinx Hazel Arts Citizen of the Year Award” will be presented to Til and Anne Hazel; FCEDA President and CEO Gordon chairs Arts Council

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cultural philanthropists Til and Anne Hazel will receive this year’s Jinx Hazel Arts Citizen of the Year Award, presented by the Arts Council of Fairfax County at an awards luncheon on October 12. The honor recognizes their commitment and contributions to the arts in Fairfax County.

The Jinx Hazel Arts Citizen of the Year Award is named in memory of Jinx Hazel, whose great love of the arts and dedication to Fairfax County exemplified the spirit of this award. Since its inception in 1997, the award is presented annually to an individual or group that shares her commitment and has played a significant role in the advancement of the arts in Fairfax County. Mrs. Hazel, a native of northern Virginia who passed away in 1995, was the former chairman of the board of directors of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

“We are truly honored to be able to present the Jinx Hazel Award to Til and Anne Hazel,” said Gerald L. Gordon, PhD., chairman of the Arts Council and president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “No one has furthered the transformation of Fairfax County from its rural roots into one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan communities in the nation more than Til. He and Anne have helped us learn that a strong community must reflect an appreciation for the arts and cultural expressions of the people who live in it. We will celebrate their enormous contributions to our collective quality of life at the Arts Council luncheon.”

Additionally, the Arts Council of Fairfax County is presenting three awards for the first time. EnviroSolutions Inc. will be awarded with the Arts Philanthropy Award for funding of arts programs in Fairfax County. The Initiative for Public Art-Reston will receive the Arts Impact Award for its significant impact on the citizens of Fairfax County. Finally, the McLean Project for the Arts also will be recognized with the Arts Education Award for providing superlative arts education opportunities and experiences.

Added Gordon, “Fairfax County is blessed to have so many groups and institutions that are improving the cultural life of the county. EnviroSolutions, the Initiative for Public Art-Reston and the McLean Project for the Arts are tremendous examples of organizations that are exposing this cultural richness to many more of our residents. We are delighted to have the opportunity to recognize their efforts.”

A complete list of awards being presented is available on the Arts Council of Fairfax County’s Web site: www.artsfairfax.org.

The 2012 Arts Awards Luncheon presented by the Arts Council of Fairfax County is scheduled for October 12 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner.

For more information, including sponsorship information, please contact: Maureen Clyne, development manager of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, at mclyne@artsfairfax.org or 703-642-0862 ext. 4.

Founded in 1964, the Arts Council of Fairfax County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency. Through partnerships with schools, individual artists, cultural and community organizations, and corporations, the Arts Council offers services and programs that integrate the arts into the lives of Fairfax County residents.