Spotlight on the Arts

Founded in 1985 as a collaboration between the City of Fairfax and George Mason University, the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival aimed to enhance the community’s awareness of the many arts and cultural opportunities in Fairfax and encouraging expansion of the arts through supporting fledgling arts organizations in the community. In the past decade, Spotlight has begun offering six different scholarships to high school seniors to study arts at Mason and Northern Virginia Community College.

2017 Spotlight on the Arts Schedule


The 32nd Annual Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival

April 21st – May 9th

32nd Annual Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival starts on April 21st  with a glittering evening at Old Town Hall celebrating three decades of arts in the City of Fairfax. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax in cooperation with George Mason University and the arts community of Fairfax, Spotlight on the Arts continues its commitment to support and encourage the awareness of cultural opportunities in the greater Fairfax community. More

Spotlight on the Arts Board of Directors


The Honorable John Mason


Bradford Leiby


Eddy Cettina


Bradford Leiby

General Counsel

John E. Ritzert, Jr., Esquire


Diane Cox Basheer

Samuel P. Lewis

William F. Reeder

Charles S. Stringfellow

The Honorable Jane Woods

Executive Director

Joanna (Jo) Ormesher, MloD, CPRP