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.
Public Art Reston is another one of the 'unsung heroes' of our amazing Reston community. Our director quietly goes about the business of being a true custodian of the artworks lovingly installed throughout Reston over the past fifty years while at the same time encouraging additions to the catalog. Public Art Reston works with artists, donors, developers and our government to select and install works of all sizes and types and encourages the community to share the experience. Bravo, Public Art Reston.
I joined the board of Public Art Reston after seeing an installation of Patrick Dougherty's work in Reston Town Center. I continue to be impressed with how well this organization integrates public art into the fabric of Reston's public spaces, while engaging with students, residents, workers and professional artists. It's rare to see communities dedicate resources to prioritizing public art, and Public Art Reston has made sure that it remains a priority for Restonians and their neighbors.