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.

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Loudoun Book and Arts Festival Returns for Second Year

Loudoun County Public Library, Brambleton Community Association, and Loudoun Arts will bring a day of author talks, visual art, and performance to Ashburn on Saturday July 11th from 1 pm to 6 pm. The Brambleton Library will be packed with activity for this rain or shine indoors event. Stay tuned for details about participating authors and artists!



Be a Part of Exciting New COLLAB Projects

Rust Library's first COLLAB Artist-in-Residence, Quentin Walston, is  composing a new musical piece, entitled "Loudoun Pastorale." Walston is collaborating with local painters on his new project. Images of paintings of the Loudoun countryside will be part of the ensemble performance of the finished piece (to be performed at Rust Library at noon on the first day of Spring, Saturday, March 21).

Photographer Frank Stopa will be the Artist-in-Residence at Brambleton Library from January through March. As part of his project "Portait of a Community," Stopa needs volunteers willing to have their portrait taken. His finished project will be an original collage of photos, creating a unique vision of Loudoun County to be shown by the Loudoun Arts Council and Brambleton Library. Visit the Brambleton Library makerspace to make an appointment with Frank, or sign up to participate here.



COLLAB Residency Program Expands to Sterling Library

Loudoun's artists are encouraged to apply to the COLLAB Residency Program. Sterling Library is the newest COLLAB residency program, joining existing residencies at Brambleton Library  in Ashburn and Rust Library in Leesburg. Residencies are awarded based on the quality of the artists' proposals, and is not limited to visual artists. Performers, writers, musicians, and makers of all types are also encouraged to apply. Cross-media collaborations are welcome.

Loudoun County Public Libraries partners with the Loudoun Arts Council to offer qualifying LAC members three-month residencies in the branch of their choice, with access to Makerspace equipment in all three locations. Interested in this creative opportunity? Apply Here.



Reinventing the Wheel: Notes from the President

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.



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.



Libby Stevens Brings the "Brilliant Earth" to Zephaniah Farm Vineyards

Libby Stevens has honed her craft over the last three decades. A self-taught artist, Libby is best known for her luminous depictions of the scenery of Loudoun County, but her still life compositions are equally arresting. "Brilliant Earth" includes a selection of pastel and oil paintings, and will be on display at Zephania Farm Vineyard through February 2020.



Barn Quilt Trail Focuses on History, Culture, and Agriculture

The Loudoun County Barn Quilt Trail will open this fall 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.