The Loudoun Arts Council operates a number of programs in support of the arts in Loudoun County. Many are offered at no charge for the benefit of the public, individual artists, and arts organizations throughout the county; others are open only to members and supporters of the arts council, or are offered at reduced cost to members. We welcome your suggestions for new and enhanced programs. Please let us know how we can serve you better.
The Loudoun Arts Directory aims to be a comprehensive list of visual, literary, and performing artists, as well as arts non-profits, arts businesses, and arts supporters. All Loudoun artists and arts organizations are entitled to a free basic listing in the directory. The directory is a great resource for anyone looking for arts services in our area.
Happenings is an online events calendar and monthly e-newsletter distributed to thousands of local residents. Listing your events, classes, and opprtunities in Happenings is FREE and easy, with forms that help you create the listings.
Please join with the Loudoun Arts Council in revitalizing our Excellence in the Arts program — an annual arts competition held for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in Loudoun County public, private, and home schools.
The Loudoun Arts Market helps artists and arts organizations make online and on-the-spot sales. The platform supports sales of physical products for immediate purchase and pick-up, or for shipping. It can also handle registration for classes, workshops, and other events, as well as general ticket sales.
Launched in 2015, the artWorks exhibits program works with local venues to create individually curated shows featuring works by LAC member artists. Each venue agrees to promote the artWorks exhibits and host an artists’ reception for each show.
The LAC is dedicated to helping its members grow as artists and as businesses. We partner with local venues and instructors to sponsor Master Classes, creating opportunities for professional development.
The artShare grants program was created to assist organizations of artistic merit to the Loudoun County community by providing funds to help maintain their stability and encourage their development. This annual grant opportunity is available to all Loudoun County non-profit arts organizations.
Loudoun Arts Council has display equipment available for rent. We have panels sufficient for a 10 x 10 foot U-shaped display. The wire frame panels by Graphic Display Systems come in roughly 3 foot by 3 foot sections for easy transport. When assembled a panel is approximately 6 feet tall. Included in the booth kit are drapery hooks for hanging framed and wired artwork. The panels can be rented with or without a set of flame resistant charcoal grey panel covers in crêpe fabric.
Localities and artists’ groups who join the Loudoun Arts Council have access to a planning system meant to help them create their own successful art tours. Based on the work of the co-operatively run Catoctin Holiday Art Tour, established by a small group of Lovettsville artists in 2011, the system includes a time line and task list to help groups manage the workload. The timeline can be adjusted to suit any event.
Loudoun County Artisan Trail
The Loudoun Arts Council, in partnership with Visit Loudoun, Loudoun Economic Development, and the Artisans Center of Virginia, in 2017 launched the Loudoun County Artisan Trail, joining a network of trails spanning the Commonwealth of Virginia to promote local artisans, agri-tourism, and arts-related businesses, organizations, and events. In addition to the online trail presence, trail brochures are available at each trail site and at tourism centers throughout the state.
The Loudoun Arts Council is an orginal sponsor of Leesburg’s dynamic First Friday events. Stroll around historic downtown Leesburg on the first Friday of each month (except for January) and enjoy live music and other performances throughout the town, as well as art exhibits, wine tastings, lectures, yoga, book signings, and so much more! It’s FUN and FREE! Find a complete schedule on the Leesburg’s First Friday website.
The Loudoun Arts Council helped launch the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour in 2005, and in 2015 we were honored to be the sole Grand Sponsor of the tenth anniversary of Loudoun’s signature arts event. The tour offers visitors a weekend of art, shopping, and relaxation. Visit the studios of dozens of talented artists as you wind through the scenic countryside and historic villages of western Loudoun County.