Arts Council History

The Prince William County Arts Council was created on October 28, 1992, by the PWC Park Authority Board (Res. #92-042) “to establish a single citizen council, appointed by the Park Authority Board, to serve as an advisory group to the Park Board.”  The Arts Council members would be knowledgeable about the visual and performing arts, devote its attention to stimulate growth and excellence in the visual and performing arts arena, and to make the arts accessible to all citizens of Prince William County.

The Council was empowered to provide services for the local arts – coordinating public facility use for arts groups and advocating for the needs of the local arts community. They were to serve as the single re-granting organization of County funds by establishing criteria and standards for grant applications.

As Prince William County grew in population, so too did the demand for visual and performing arts enrichment and the level of support necessary to encourage our arts community to flourish.

In March of 2012, the Board of County Supervisors, with the support of the Park Authority Board, unanimously passed a resolution dissolving the Park Authority and creating the Prince William County Department of Parks & Recreation. The Arts Council was transitioned with the department.

Today, the Prince William County Arts Council is renowned for its arts offerings.

The Council is a membership organization serving the Greater Prince William Area, including Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, and is the go-to resource for the local arts. The Arts Council provides members with networking, development, marketing and grant opportunities. Membership includes non-profit and for-profit arts organizations, individual artists as well as civic groups and businesses that support the arts in our community.

Our annual Arts Alive! festival provides visitors and residents alike, the opportunity to discover the diverse burgeoning art forms that are Prince William County.

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