Commission on the Arts

The City of Fairfax is a vibrant and thriving community with much to offer businesses, residents and artists. The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts was created in 1979 to encourage, to promote and to provide opportunity for artistic expression within the city. The Commission is working to continue the enrichment of the community through funding, information, encouragement, exhibits, education, and co-ordination.
Funding—grants to arts organizations in the City of Fairfax.
Information—marketing and publicity of upcoming arts events.
Encouragement—funding to aid and assist emerging arts groups.
Exhibits—provide opportunities for exhibition of works of art.
Education—support programs designed to increase understanding and appreciation of the arts in City schools.
Coordination—working with area arts organizations to open new avenues and venues for the arts in the city.

City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts Grant Information

If you or your organization would like to apply for a grant, contact us for more information: 703-352-2787 or email

2014-2015 Grant Application Information

These are some recipients of grants from the Commission on the Arts. By receiving grants from the Commission they have staged performances, concerts, book readings and generally improved the artistic benefits to their members, students and audiences alike. More

Contribute to the Friends of the Old Town Hall Performance Series

The Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall this year celebrates a more than 20 year tradition at Old Town Hall!  Please consider becoming a Friend of the Series.  Your donation will help us to continue to bring in the professional performers that we have always enjoyed here in the City of Fairfax.  


Current Commission Members


Jeff Seffens

Vice Chair

Randy Lytton




Molly Grimsley

Staff Representative

Joanna Ormesher




Alice Bredin-Karny

Carol Caputo

Sharon Chang

John Flahive

Bob Hickey

Laura Hills

Mary Lechter

Howard Rhile

Jason Scadron

Armistice Turtora

Harry Wilbur

The Commission on the Arts meets on the third Tuesday in the month at The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax.   More

Old Town Hall Performance Series

These FREE performance series are presented by Fairfax Commission on the Arts at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive. Parking is available at the parking garage at Old Town Plaza as well as at other free parking lots in the City. Click here for the City’s Parking Map. Program details are subject to change. More

Summer Nights in the City

Old Town Plaza








Join us for Summer Nights in the City on Thursdays and Fridays!

Old Town Plaza Series
Old Town Plaza (Next to the Wine House) Fridays at 7pm
June 5 – Alte Kamerden Octet
June 12 – Legacy Brass
June 19 – Fairfax Saxophone Quartet
June 26 – Main Street Trombone Quartet
July 3 – Mr. More


Do you want to be an active advocate for the arts?
Have you been a City resident for the past year?
Are you a registered voter in the City?

Volunteer to serve on the Commission on the Arts!
If you are interested in serving on this Commission please send a letter of interest and resume of pertinent experiences (not required) to:

Joanna Ormesher
10455 Armstrong Street, Suite 123
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-273-6097
Fax: 703-246-6321 More