The Time Is Now

We're probably preaching to the choir. Our subscribers know about the importance of the arts. YOU are artists, art lovers, and arts educators. You know firsthand how the arts improve the quality of life for everyone.

Now it's time to spread the word to the whole community, including our local officials: the time for better support for the arts in our schools and in our greater community is now. In fact, it's way past time. Loudoun County lags significantly behind neighboring jurisdictions in its support for arts programs -- but maybe that is about to change.

On Thursday March 10th at 7pm, Loudoun Arts is offering a special online presentation by local teacher and arts advocate Tony Cimino-Johnson highlighting recently-collected data regarding the status of arts programs in Loudoun County's public schools. His work, coupled with that of some of his colleagues, helped add a proposal for $2.4 million in funding for the performing arts to the FY23 LCPS budget. That would double the total budget for schools' performing arts programs -- a budget that has been stagnant for nearly 20 years. Join us online at 7 pm on March 10 for this FREE remote presentation about next steps for expanding support for the arts in Loudoun. Just click on the link below today.

Register By March 9th for "Watering Your Lawn - Performing Arts Equity in LCPS"

Two Loudoun Artists Left Their Mark

In December we lost two talented women who greatly influenced the arts in Loudoun. Kris Loya, 40, was known to many as a painter, instructor, and manager of the Tryst Gallery. Betty Wiley, 90, was a longtime Loudoun volunteer who started painting late in life and became one of the first artists to participate in the Western Loudoun Art and Studio Tour. Our world is a little better for their efforts at creating community, and they will be dearly missed.