Arts Herndon — A Home for the Arts in the Heart of Herndon
Arts Herndon is the product of the merger of two separate Herndon arts organizations, the Council for the Arts of Herndon and the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts. As The Council for the Arts we supported, and continue to support artists and the arts, and have provided over $140,000 in arts scholarships to local students, the 5 public murals visible in the Town of Herndon and arts outreach in public schools, senior centers, festivals and public spaces. In 2008, the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts created ArtSpace Herndon as a project to show the value of a visual and performing arts center in our town. The experiment has proven to be wildly successful. Along with monthly exhibits, ArtSpace also hosts concerts, classes, and workshops.
After 30 years of operation, the Council for the Arts of Herndon has joined together with the Foundation for the Cultural Arts of Herndon as one organization called Arts Herndon. The merger of the two organizations created a unique opportunity to increase the quality of arts programming in the greater Herndon area.
While ArtSpace Herndon continues to invite emerging artists to show their artwork and perform their music, Arts Herndon supports our entire community of artists through scholarships, grants, professional development programming and public art. Our murals decorate and inspire the town of Herndon, while music wafts from our businesses and outdoor spaces.
Our goals remain:
- To provide arts scholarships to Herndon-area students
- To increase and improve opportunities for artists to perform and exhibit.
- To improve arts education programs
- To improve access to the arts for special populations
- To increase financial support for the arts
- To support high quality community arts programs
- To increase awareness of the arts
- To maintain careful stewardship of Arts Herndon’s resources for the purpose of serving the local community
ArtSpace Herndon is a gallery and performance venue created and supported by art lovers in the greater Herndon area providing opportunities for local artists and photographers to exhibit their art, teach classes, and offer workshops. As a gathering place celebrating the arts, ArtSpace Herndon is also a showcase for performers. ArtSpace Herndon is attracting artists and performers at local, national, and international levels.
ArtSpace Herndon, located in historic downtown Herndon, features a 1,700 square foot Post Gallery where eight to ten new visual art shows exhibit each year. A reception held during each exhibit provides the public with an opportunity to meet the artists. Each year ArtSpace Herndon hosts several art competitions: Fine Art Photography, Portraits, and Herndon Town Calendar. Technology and the Arts (for Fairfax County High School Students proficient in the digital arts).
ArtSpace Herndon has one classroom. Local artists hold classes and workshops for adults, teens, and children. Classes in watercolors, oil, acrylics, and sketching are held regularly. Gallery and classroom space is provided free of charge to school and community groups, like the Herndon Treble Clefs for rehearsals. The gallery and classrooms may also be rented for private receptions and business gatherings.
In addition to exhibits, art and entertainment events are held at ArtSpace Herndon throughout the year, like the annual Arts Week and Children’s Crafts center at the Town of Herndon’s Festival.
The ArtisanWorks, added in 2010, expands ArtSpace Herndon’s ability to serve the community. Vetted artists and artisans offer handcrafted items for sale.
As Herndon’s population increases, Arts Herndon also continues to grow and expand its scope with new kinds of programming, including the intimate concerts that befit our tiny gem of a location, as well as creative and surprising new exhibits, scholarships, children’s programs, arts classes and more. A creative burst of energy in the mid-1980’s inspired theatre, arts organizations and plans for Herndon’s civic life that now are coming to fruition. We have outgrown our venue, with over 13,000 visits per year, and are looking forward to the town’s new arts center, an 18,000 sq foot building comprising a theatre, gallery, performance space, classrooms and studios. The date for the new arts center will be in 2019 or 2020 according to current calculations. Arts Herndon’s gallery, ArtSpace Herndon, continues to operate as the interim Arts Center while work towards a permanent Arts Center in downtown Herndon continues.