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Public Art Reston

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Visual Arts

Mission: Public Art Reston seeks to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston.

Results: Since 2008, 12 permanent public artworks and 12 temporary public art installations have been commissioned in Reston, which currently boasts a growing inventory of almost 50 public art works. The collection is posted on Public Art Reston's website http://publicartreston.org/engage/explore/gallery/. Public Art Reston has partnered with Lake Anne Merchants Association to present Chalk on the Water at Lake Anne held in June since 2014. Public Art Reston has partnered with Reston Town Center and Boston Properties to present ChalkFest at Reston Town Center in September since 2014. Public Art Reston has published: Public Art Tour Series – Lake Anne Reston: The Art of Community Guide for Developers to Public Art in Reston Developers Checklist: Public Art Project Options

Target demographics: The community, elementary and high school school students, visitors to Reston, etc.

Geographic areas served: inspiring an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston.

Programs: Working with community organizations and developers to commissioning permanent and temporary public art in Reston; presenting a documentary public art film and speaker series; offering public art tours; chalk festivals.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since the inception of Public Art Reston (formerly known as Initiative for Public Art Reston) there has been an increased appreciation generated for Public Art in Reston. Reston is a “Planned Community”, established with seven major goals, one which specified “ That beauty – structural and natural – is a necessity of the good life and should be fostered.” Reston’s founder included public art in every aspect of the initial development. Hidden treasures throughout the community are just fascinating. Public Art Reston continues this legacy. Every new development within Reston must incorporate public art in some fashion. I have seen first hand how excited the children are who participate in the "Chalk Fest" and mosaic design projects. Several recent projects have provided an opportunity for the greater community to be involved from school age students to seniors. I recently participated in a workshop for the Colts Neck Road Underpass and cannot wait to see the final product. I am excited to think that in some small way, I will be part of history. Thank you Public Art Reston.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Public Art Reston for several years now and am always impressed with its dedication to its mission, its well-run organization, and the creative thoughtful people it attracts. Art in our public spaces makes our communities more vibrant and welcoming and encourages pride and ownership in where we live and work. I am so thankful to be involved with PAR and look forward to all of the wonderful public art it brings to Reston in the years ahead.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a resident of Reston, Virginia for 10 years, and from the day I arrived I was impressed with the community commitment to public art-- from the sculpture at Lake Anne Village Center, by James Rossant and Gonzalo Fonseco (described by some as "brutalist" in style, but to me, brutally brilliant in the way it integrates with the surrounding architecture), to the permanent works at Reston Town Center, and the temporary sculpture envisioned, engineered, built and installed by the student STEAM team at South Lakes High School every year-- Reston understands the value of Public Art. Public Art Reston is a non-profit committed to imagining public art throughout Reston that inspires the community and engages the mind and senses. I am proud to be a new volunteer working with this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

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/

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!