Spotlight on the Arts Festival

Spotlight on the Arts Festival

Friday, May 7, 2021 from 6:30pm to 9:06pm


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).

6:30pm: Stand Up Comedy

Join the City of Fairfax Theatre Company for an evening of Stand Up Comedy.

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

7:30pm: Black Voices Screening

The Black Voices project is a storytelling and movement initiative based on lived experiences of students from Mason’s School of Dance. With a process created by Rafael Palacios, artistic director of Afro-Colombian dance company Sankofa Danzafro, to keep artists engaged during COVID-19 lockdowns, and to honor personal stories inspired by racial justice movements around the world, Black Voices Project aims to provide a space for students to translate their words into a movement-based performance, centering around their personal experience.  This moderated conversation and digital screening is the culmination of a semester of work, showcasing the three selected participants’ movement pieces, choreographed by Mason Dance students alongside Palacios. The live event will feature a conversation between Palacios and the participants about the creative process, their personal stories, and his company, Sankofa Danzafro.

Location: Virtual

8:00pm: The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series featuring Virginia Opera

Join us for the final virtual performance of the Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series of the 20/21 Season. This concert will feature the emerging artists of the Virginia Opera. Catch this great performance online and Cityscreen-12, the city television station!

Online, using your smartphone, tablet, or computer: Commission on the Arts Facebook page Cityscreen-12, livestreamed on the city website

On television: Cityscreen-12 (Channel 12 on Verizon FiOS and Cox Communications)The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series is sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts, supported, in part, by a grant from the City of Fairfax, and additional giving from the Friends of the Old Town Hall Performance Series.

Location: Virtual

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