April 2, 2020
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently announced the 2020 Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts Grantees. This year’s recipients include the Arlington Arts Center, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, and Creative Cauldron, Inc. All three organizations received grants of $20,000 for two years in $10,000 installments per year. Programs supported by the grants include performing and visual arts, education and training, and art exhibitions.

Grant recipients were selected through a competitive application and panel review process that included community volunteers and Community Foundation for Northern Virginia staff.

“The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is grateful to have received a grant award from the Ross-Roberts Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia,” said Holly Koons, Executive Director, Arlington Arts Center. “This grant will bolster AAC's institutional capacity by providing dedicated funding to enhance public awareness of AAC's exhibitions, educational programs, and our artist residency program.”

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Ross Roberts Fund for the Arts. This grant will help us find more effective ways to communicate with and serve our growing base of patrons,” said Laura Connors Hull, Creative Cauldron Producing Director. “Working in the age of digital communication presents many opportunities but also many challenges for non-profit arts organizations. This grant will provide the resources that we need to find solutions to those challenges,” said Hull.

2020 Ross Roberts Fund for the Arts Grantees:

Arlington Arts Center, $20,000
AAC has three primary focuses: exhibitions, education, its artist residency program. AAC presents 12 exhibitions annually, featuring contemporary artists primarily from the Mid-Atlantic region. These funds will help AAC build capacity by expanding its marketing program, including creating more public awareness about the programs AAC offers.

Through an additional $10,000 grant, the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts also supported the Arlington Arts Center’s Passage, a public art installation by artist Lynda Andrews-Barry. The work was featured on AAC’s lawn at 3550 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington from August 22 through December 13, 2020.

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, $20,000
AYPO provides rigorous orchestral training and performance experience for 500 talented musicians ages 9 to 21. Two-thirds of our students are African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American, or multi-racial.  This grant will allow AYPO to receive advice and practical help in creating and implementing a public relations and marketing strategy. Funds will be used to engage a Washington-area public relations and marketing firm that has a strong track record of helping our area's nonprofit arts organizations.

Creative Cauldron, Inc., $20,000

Offers a diverse array of arts programming including professional theater, arts education camps and classes, concerts, and cabarets. Its ARTS ADVENTURE CAMPS in its 19th year offer innovative camps that use a theme-based approach in the performing and visual arts. This grant allows CCI to hire a consultant to research and analyze all of its current patron CRM systems, create a comprehensive technology plan, and hire part-time staff to help us transition to new systems.

The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts was launched with a legacy gift in 2018. This gift ensures this fund will become part of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, forever supporting arts and culture in the region.

To learn more visit Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts.