From an original pool of over 350 nominees, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the state arts agency, has selected the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) to receive one of its prestigious “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” in the category of Bedrock Institutions.
Winners in the Bedrock Institutions category have been in existence more than ten years, have demonstrated a benefit to the economic health and/or tourism in the community, exhibit artistic excellence, celebrate diversity, and showcase Virginia as a cultural destination. GRACE is one of only four visual arts institutions statewide to be honored.
”This is an incredibly proud moment for GRACE. To be in such rare company is humbling,” said Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel. “All of us here view this as a real legacy award—one that honors the many people, fantastic partners, and generous sponsors who over GRACE’s 40+ years have made this iconic community institution what it is today. I am very pleased to be moving GRACE forward on its vision to elevate the arts in the area by showcasing local and regional artists alongside artists of national and international reputations. We will continue to contribute and grow our importance and relevance in the Commonwealth and DC metropolitan region.”
The “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” were conceived and designed by the commission as a 50th anniversary tribute to 50 examples of programs, individuals, and organizations critical to the arts in Virginia.
“We are indeed fortunate in Virginia to have an abundant and diverse roster of outstanding artists and organizations and their supporters spanning disciplines and decades,” said Margaret Vanderhye, the commission’s executive director. “The 50 selected winners are representative of the best, but this list is far from definitive. Every day in communities across the commonwealth, thousands of people benefit from the creative energies and pursuit of excellence that characterize Virginia artists and arts organizations,” she concluded.
VCA Commissioner and 50th Anniversary Co-Chair Jo Hodgin (Annandale) stated, “These awardees carry the banner for countless arts workers and supporters who use the arts to build a strong Virginia. We believe the arts are essential for a creative 21st century workforce, economically dynamic communities, and a culture based on wellness and accessibility.
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(From left to right): Governor Terry McAuliffe, GRACE Board Chair Robert Goudie, VCA Executive Director Margaret Vanderhye, and GRACE Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel. Photo credit: Michaele White