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.
This cooperative gallery was founded as a program of the Loudoun Arts Council in 2012. A dynamic part of the Village at Leesburg, the gallery features handmade fine and functional artwork from more than 25 of the area’s most creative artists and craftspeople. The 2100 square foot gallery showcases work in a diversity of media and styles including: ceramics, collage, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal, wood, painting, photography, and more. There is artwork available for any budget and your gallery purchase helps to support these local artists and encourages a thriving arts scene in our community.
Launched in 2015, the artWorks 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. Any LAC member (artist or venue) is eligible to apply.
The Visiting Artists program is a great opportunity for local artists to reach out to the wider community and demonstrate that art isn’t in the past or confined to text books, but is happening now and is continuously evolving. In a recent survey, Loudoun’s art teachers said they would welcome visits from local artists in any media; several teachers mentioned ceramics, mixed media, animation & fiber arts, as well as painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, video production, and paper sculpture & bookmaking. This is a volunteer opportunity, but all tools and supplies for classroom activities during the visit will be provided.
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.
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 last year 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.