A Most Unusual Year

Much has changed since last November, when Loudoun Arts launched an ambitious self-renewal project. Despite the challenges of 2020, we are still committed to serving our community, and we invite you to help us expand our goals for the arts in Loudoun County. This year our Annual Meeting will be held online at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 5th. At the meeting we will discuss our regular business, our 2020 experiences and present plans for 2021. We encourage all to attend.

The Show Will Go On: the Loudoun Arts Film Festival Reimagined

Last winter, organizers originally planned the first Loudoun Arts Film Festival as a large public event. Film submissions started rolling in just before the world learned of a global pandemic. The planners quickly pivoted, and then pivoted again. Following the guidance of the CDC, and with the safety of the audience, creators, sponsors, and staff in mind, LAFF's organizers decided to think creatively. They purchased projection equipment, and moved to a multi-day combination drive-in-theater and online event, now scheduled for August 29th through September 19th at 50 West Vineyards in Middleburg.

  • Tickets for the Online Festival and the Drive-In go on sale August 15th at www.loudounartsfilmfestival.com
  • LAFF is seeking volunteers to make this event work! All volunteers will receive one free ticket to the the Drive-In Theater at 50 West. VOLUNTEER HERE.

A Virtual Art Tour: WLAST Goes Digital

In response to health and safety needs duing the COVID-19 pandemic, the WLAST Committee made the decision to transform the Western Loudoun Art & Studio Tour from a countryside driving tour into an online event.

Starting June 5th, the public can view the 53 participating artists and view a gallery of their artwork by visiting www.wlast.org. There you will also find links to video interviews with the artists, information about their processes, and links to artists' websites where you can purchase their work.

The online exhibit will remain open throughout 2020, and the Committee hopes to relaunch a physical tour in June 2021.

Loudoun Arts Launches Show for Graduating Seniors

The corona virus may have canceled classes —BUT— we want to show your work. Loudoun Arts will he highlighting artwork from graduating LCPS seniors in an ongoing, weekly, digital show.

Interested senior students send 3-5 images of your work with a brief artist statement, your graduating school, and intended college (if applicable).

Send this information to info@loudounarts.org with “LCPS Senior Show” in the subject line.

Arts Events in the Stay at Home Era

After Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order for the Commonwealth until June 10, hundreds of arts events and classes were cancelled or postponed. But some moved to an online platform in an effort to keep serving the community. Audiences can help. Arts events present a welcome activity for kids home from school and adults working from home.

Loudoun Arts Announces... the Loudoun Arts Film Festival

Filmmakers from Loudoun, the United States and around the world are invited to submit their work to the 2020 Loudoun Arts Film Festival, a new event presented by Loudoun Arts. The event is scheduled to take place August 7th, 8th, and 9th in Leesburg. The three-day festival will screen local and international feature films, short films, documentaries and music videos. LAFF is now accepting submissions in several categories, with awards for the best entries.

Interested in participating?

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Got a Great Idea?

Do you have an idea, vision or work in progress that would bring attention to the value of the arts in Loudoun County? The Loudoun Arts Council is pleased to announce a new artShare Grant Program, open to all LAC members - individuals, groups and organizations - with a simplified application form and award criteria that emphasize innovation and/or creative collaborations to enrich our community through the arts.

Reinventing the Wheel

The Loudoun Arts Council is at an turning point in its existence. It is time to reframe and revitalize our approach to supporting the arts and all the artists in Loudoun. We are presented with an opportunity to shape the future of the arts in Loudoun County, and we invite you to join us in this effort.

Barn Quilt Trail Focuses on History, Culture, and Agriculture

The Loudoun County Barn Quilt Trail will open in the fall of 2018 and focus on important agricultural structures and locations in Loudoun County. Residents and visitors can learn about the importance of these farm buildings, their history, and the activities they currently house. These buildings tell important stories about our history and our future. The Barn Quilt Committee is seeking new participants and sponsors for this new program in rural Loudoun.