Public Art Reston has had a huge impact on creating beautiful, welcoming, and interesting spaces in Reston, as well as providing opportunities for the community to participate. I love the annual Chalkfests and how they bring everyone together.
Being introduced to the organization a few years ago, I have been fortunate enough to experience many of the great attributes it provides. Public Art Reston is a unique and rare organization, embedded into the life of the community it serves. At a time when art is less and less of a focus in school curriculums, Public Art Reston works to help keep art in the community forefront, through; assisting the commissioning of new art works and the artist behind them, rejuvenating existing public art, or saving works from certain destruction. Beyond the public art works throughout the community, Public Art Reston is busy hosting artist talks or public chalk festivals, allowing families create their own masterpieces to be enjoyed by thousands. Among many other additional involvements of the organization, Public Art Reston can also be found assisting a local high school STEAM team with bringing their team’s vision to life, while building essential skills for the students.
Active among a wide-ranging demographic of students, teachers, professional artist, residents, corporations and public officials. Public Art Reston puts building the community at its forefront and is an organization the entire community can be proud of.
I grew up in Reston and I remember playing on the sculptures in Lake Anne and these are memories I look on fondly that have shaped my career in architecture. I have been inspired by much of Reston's public art and the way it is incorporated so seamlessly into public spaces and its architecture. It marks place, engages the senses, and conveys the spirit of the community. It is a treasure and makes such an impact on the quality of life for those who live here.
I have lived in Reston for 29 years and since moving here, I have observed and experienced the important role public art plays in our community - from the 1960s artworks at Lake Anne to the STEAM installations on Lake Thoreau, these artworks create a connection to the unique qualities of Reston. It was because of this impact that I chose to serve on one of Public Art Reston's committees and to get involved with this important group.
World class art happening in our community! Youth and educators involved, gaining professional experience. Great leadership with an Executive Director and staff who reach out to developers and civic leaders to ensure great art is happening all over, what more can be said? Public Art Reston is a phenomenal organization, Reston is so fortunate!
Public Art Reston is an essential element of Reston’s arts community! Reston is known for its eclectic style and appreciation for the arts. The presence of art can be found through the community, especially when walking along the many trails where you can find sculptures and murals. This is not an accident. One of Robert Simon Jr’s primary goals for Reston when founded in 1964 was to provide leisure and cultural activities for community members. Simon helped put in place an essential organization – Public Art Reston – to ensure his vision would be fulfilled as the community grew. Its mission to “inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston” is overseen by a strong board and dedicate executive director. Learn more about Public Art Reston by going to http://publicartreston.org/
Public Art Reston is one of the best legacy nonprofits that has grown from Bob Simon’s original vision for his new town. (Cornerstones, formerly Reston Interfaith, is another). It engages & enriches the community for residents & visitors alike, for every age & cultural demographic...My family & I moved here in 1978, and Lake Anne Plaza - the original town center ( built when Reston had its first settlers, in the early ‘60’s), has been at the heart of my professional & communal life. Filled with interactive sculptures, made of concrete, bronze, & wood (Marco Rando’s Trojan horse being our newest), the plaza comes alive during IPAR events, like the annual CHALK ON THE WATER weekend. I opened a children’s shop & started a storefront museum (1981 & 1997, respectively) from whose vantage points, the joy of public art is fully visible. And since its inception, there isn’t a neighborhood, school, or commercial area in Reston that IPAR hasn’t also profoundly impacted. What a marvelous organization, true to its mission & the original mission of Reston
Public Art Reston is a wonderful organization that has greatly aided in integrating APERTURE, Reston's newest luxury residences, into the community. PAR not only ensures that art is entangled into the Reston landscape, but also that visitors and residents engage with these works of arts. Through events like ChalkFest and Artist Talks, PAR helps to make public art accessible, exciting, and educational.
I can't say enough good about how Public Art Reston helps connect our community through art. Public Art Reston makes art accessible and engaging through their art events and the variety of creative art structures placed throughout our community. Public Art Reston brings art directly to the community for the enjoyment of all.
Having been raised in Reston(1968) I had the privilege as a child to learn and be inspired by the tradition of integrating the arts and community first put forth by Robert Simon. As an adult I have transformed those experiences into a profession career as an artist. The icing on the cake is that several of my works are on display to the public in Reston. IPAR has embraced the original vision and taken it to the next level. Continuing to bring art to the community, education to our children and inspiration to us all! Thank you IPAR, Bob(Simon) would be proud.
I visit Reston often, totally because of all the public Art. There are a lot of great towns in this area, but none match the public Art, or the opportunities offered by Public Art Reston. As an Artist, I had a wonderful experience at the 2017 Chalkfest and the 10th anniversary gala, and am very grateful for all the donors and the commitment of the Board. I will be volunteering regularly (next Saturday, for instance!) and hope to contribute often.
Additionally, as part of the general public visiting Reston, I get to browse and enjoy the beautiful Artwork anytime, by amazing renowned Artists, as well as local Artists like me.
Thanks so much for all the opportunities and the public beauty. You are doing an incredible job and I hope to be part of it on a regular basis! Thanks Public Art Reston!
I was a first time volunteer at the Public Art Reston 10th Birthday Celebration at Apeture Apartments in Reston on November 9. Ann and Abbie welcomed me and made sure I was connected to my place at the event. In turn the other volunteers also made me feeling welcome. It was a beautiful event and the best 10th birthday party I have been to in a long while. The setting was modern and welcoming. The atmosphere was full of cheer and the effervescence of the season. I am looking forward to volunteering with them again.
Public art enriches all of our lives, and indeed, my life has been enriched by the art projects that have been displayed at the Lake Thoreau spillway over the last few years. I live nearby and frequently walk along that path by the lake. I was especially pleased to learn that students at South Lakes High School have been the creators of these imaginative displays. This is a project that should definitely be continued to benefit the students who participate and to benefit the public that enjoys the fruits of their efforts.
Public Art Reston is a truly unique organization because every one of its events, activities or projects is a partnership with at least one other organization. Public Art Reston truly reaches out to bring the entire Reston community - and in many cases the regional community - together. Here are just a few examples of collaborations:
Emerge (2010) by Valerie Theberge
Collaboration with the Reston Association (underpass/maintenance/selection process); Reston Community Center (funding/selection process/hosted a presentation by Valerie at CenterStage) and Hunters Woods Elementary School involved students in the project and host the mosaic program with Valerie, her husband and the students. Hunters Woods Elementary School PTA helped raise funds for the project.
Inside Out (2015)
Project developed in collaboration with Reston Community Center. We invited people who live or work in Reston to submit photos of people who live or work in Reston. This project was unveiled at the Multicultural Festival. The photos were displayed at Lake Anne Village Center (Jo Ann Rose Gallery and sea wall) , Reston Station (windows of BLVD while under construction), and exterior walls of South Lakes High School).
Annual Temporary public art projects on the Lake Thoreau spillway.
Projects realized by South Lakes High School STEAM Team.
Collaboration with SLHS, Lake Thoreau Entertainment Association (core funding), and Reston Association (install work, RA Design Review Board)
Very successful annual project that now receives donations from individuals and businesses, and Reston Rotary Club (for this year's project)
A Bird in the Hand (2015), Patrick Dougherty
Collaboration with Greater Reston Arts Center, and support from several community organizations (Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Reston Town Center Association), and private sector (Hyatt, Willowsford, MEDA, Storycatcher Production, Red Thinking, etc), and major grants from National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Council of Fairfax County.
Reston Rondo (2012), Mary Ann Mears
Collaboration with Reston Town Center Association, Reston Community Center, and the Hyatt. Hyatt also hosted an event to unveil the model, an artist talk, and u the unveiling.
Because Public Art Reston reaches out to engage our entire community, it deepens the social and artistic bonds that bind the Reston community together.
I thoroughly enjoy my volunteer service to Public Art Reston. This nonprofit is by far one of the best managed community nonprofits that I have ever been involved with. From the Board of Directors down to the Executive Director and committees, this organization appreciates and values the support they receive from their volunteers and donors.
Public Art Reston is involved with virtually every community event and they create some special ones of their own. They collaborate and engage with other community agencies and institutions and they have quickly become a very recognizable and important brand and community asset.
Reston would be just an average place if not for the Public Art Reston's efforts to work with developers and others to infuse art, in its many forms, throughout our beautiful community. We are so fortunate to have Public Art Reston!
Public Art Reston has been a wonderful asset to the Reston community! Their commitment to the arts has encouraged a fantastic dialogue among the neighbors, and they continue to inspire the community to think outside the box when it comes to public art.
Pride of the Reston South Lakes Seahawks! You know a public art project is having impact when it makes the front page of the local high school website (instead on basketball). The South Lakes High School STEAM team art project was spectacular. It was wonderful to see and enjoy but it has a lasting impact on our high school students. They created it. They would walk and drive by it every day. Building character while building something for everyone to enjoy. Way to go Seahawks!
My daughter is a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston and I'd like to share what an amazing impact IPAR has had for her for the last three years. South Lakes HS has a group called the "STEAM Team." It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The Steam Team has designed and built an art piece each year that has been displayed on a spillway in the middle of a large lake in Reston. The team has had to incorporate concepts of engineering, math and art to achieve these sculptures.This has been a HUGE undertaking for the students in this group, from conceptualizing the design, getting approval from the Reston Design Review Board, to getting it built and installed. The team had a great sponsor and a fantastic teacher/mentor but this simply could not have happened without the support of IPAR and Anne Delaney. The local community has embraced these installations and the students as well. As a parent, I can't convey how important and life changing these projects have been for my daughter and her fellow team members. This has provided these kids with such an incredible sense of achievement and growth. At every step of the way, IPAR has been there for team, from reviewing the initial design concept to guiding and supporting the team through the review process to providing the celebratory unveiling ceremony. I know that being part of the STEAM team will be one of the top High School memories for my daughter. I also am aware from the feedback of my neighbors and friends in the area, that the community really takes pride in the art and that local students produced it. I really appreciate the vision, direction and support that IPAR provided. Pretty amazing.
Public art is such a visible expression of an area's commitment to promoting arts, cultivating community and creating everyday wonder for everyone to enjoy. Public Art Reston is an organization that reflects the community's passion for art and community. They have a strong web of partners and the group is deeply engrained in the community. Because of these deep community roots, the organization is able to do a whole lot with very limited resources. Public Art Reston is one of the key organizations in Reston that helps make the area so community-centric and inviting.
Wherever I have lived—my native New York City and now Northern Virginia--art of all kinds, visual and otherwise, has been a treasured and given part of my life. My regular middle-class Bronx family didn’t have original works of art covering our walls. We didn’t have sculptural installations in our backyard. But what we had is the rich arts environment of New York City all around us, and we took full advantage of it from my earliest years. So many decades later, when I—now a happy Northern Virginia transplant—retired, it was a no brainer that I would devote some of my precious reclaimed time to an arts-related nonprofit. Public Art Reston, new at the time, swiftly rose high on that list. As the former managing editor of Reston’s hometown newspaper, I brought an insider’s knowledge to that decision--factoring in Public Art Reston’s evident and immediate ability to contribute in important and concrete ways to Reston’s deep-rooted belief that the arts should be an integral part of the community’s cultural life. Ten years after joining its efforts, Public Art Reston has more than confirmed my faith in its mission of creating a new generation of public artworks in Reston—15 since its inception and more planned--that “engage the mind and senses.” Plus, it plays the important role of educating the community about its rich public art history and the value of its previously existing public art inventory. Thank you, Public Art Reston, in addition to your vital community contributions, you have kept this old yet young-at-heart, art-loving former New Yorker thoroughly and meaningfully engaged.