Department of Community and Recreation Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1050
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
703-324-5641, TTY 711, Fax 703-222-9792
Media Contact: Patricia L. McClenic, Public Information Officer
January 29, 2010
Tapestry for Tomorrow Art Competition
Gets Underway For All Ages
Tapestry for Tomorrow officially kicked off its art competition today with 60 pre-teens and teens and 20 senior adults visiting the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. They toured the grounds, learned about the history of the complex, visited artists’ studios, participated in art classes and workshops, and viewed the two-story gallery. The purpose of the trip was to give them a glimpse at how professional artists conjure up their creations. They came away inspired to begin work on their art projects for the Tapestry for Tomorrow competition.
The Tapestry for Tomorrow competition provides youth, teens, adults, and this year, senior adults, the opportunity to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by the competition theme “Building for Tomorrow.” Self-exploration and appreciation for the arts is the primary goal of the Tapestry for Tomorrow initiative. Taking part in the Tapestry for Tomorrow experience is a valuable learning process that challenges participants to use critical thinking skills and creative talent to make art that reflects personal creative thoughts and ideas. How is the idea of “Building a Better Tomorrow” expressed in a work of art or a photograph? That is the challenge for this year’s Tapestry for Tomorrow Art Competition.
Others interested in participating in this year’s completion are not too late. If you are a resident in Fairfax County and registered as a participant in a CRS program or the Middle School After-School Program with the Fairfax County Public Schools you are eligible to participate. And, if you are not a member, it is never too late to become one. Call your area community, teen or senior center right away to get involved. A listing of all CRS facilities and programs are online.
Artwork must be the original work of only one person, two-dimensional art and photography, and must relate to the theme. The artwork will be judged in the appropriate category. Categories are: Youth grades K-5 (ages 5-10), Middle School grades 6-8 (ages 11-13), High School grades 9-12 (ages 14-19), Adults ages 20-54, and Senior Adults ages 55 or older.
Registration for the contest is free. Everyone who enters will receive a Tapestry for Tomorrow T-shirt and certificate. Five prizes valued up to $500 will be awarded to those who best capture the concept of the theme “Building a Better Tomorrow.” For entry packet and details visit our web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec or call 703-324-8336, TTY 711. Deadline for entries is Saturday, March 12, 2010.
The Department of Community and Recreation Services (CRS) is a Human Service agency within Fairfax County Government. Its mission is “to connect people and communities through programs, community outreach and special initiatives that address our communities' needs.” Visit online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec.
About The Workhouse Arts Center
The Workhouse Arts Center is a project of the Lorton Arts Foundation. The expansive complex was once a correctional facility but has now been transformed into a center for arts, culture, and history. The galleries and artists studios are open Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. The complex is close Monday and Tuesday. Visit online at www.workhousearts.org.
Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all
county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable
accommodations upon request.
To request special accommodations call 703-324-4FUN (4386), TTY 711. Please allow ten working days in advance of the event in order to make the necessary arrangements.