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Public Art Reston

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Visual Arts

Mission: Public Art Reston's mission is to be the catalyst for public art that inspires, engages, and connects.

Results: To date the organization, in collaboration with its community partners and other stakeholders, has made an indelible impact on the community. Some of its key accomplishments include: - Adopting the “Public Art Master Plan for Reston” by the Public Art Reston Board of Directors in 2008. Reston is the first unincorporated community in the United States to have adopted such a plan. - Commissioning and installing 16 permanent and 16 temporary public artworks including both civic and developer-led projects and commissions, since 2009. - Documenting the 76+ public artworks commissioned or purchased since 1965 on Public Art Reston’s website and on Public Art Archive. - Creating "Public Art Explorer" online program for families and inspired by the Reston public art collection and the artists who realized the artworks - Creating a map showing the location of the public artworks in the community. The map is updated annually and available in print and on the organization's website. - Producing four short documentary films by Reston resident and Peabody award-recipient, Rebekah Wingert including: "Emerge: The Making of a public art project" (2010); "Fun, Beauty, Fantasy: Reston's Public Art" (2012), "Working with the Community - Ben Volta" (2019), "A Bird in the Hand" (2015); and “The Making of Connie’s Quilt by the South Lakes High School STEAM Team” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) (2018). - Publishing the “Public Art Tour Series – Lake Anne” and "Public Art Tour Series - Reston Town Center", guides to public art at historical Lake Anne Village Center and Reston Town Center; the “Complete Guide for Developers to Public Art in Reston” and the “Developer’s Checklist: Public Art Project Options” for developers who wish to make a voluntary public art proffer commitment; and an educational portfolio about public art for elementary schools. - Developing and mounting the exhibition “Reston: The Art of Community” (2012, and updated in 2017) in collaboration with Reston Historic Trust & Museum, about the history of Reston’s public art and presented at the Reston Historic Trust & Museum (2012 and 2017), the University of Maryland Kibel Gallery, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (2013), and Dulles International Airport (2013-2014). - Producing public art making events including ChalkFest at Reston Town Center, in collaboration with Reston Town Center and Boston Properties (since 2014), and Chalk on the Water at Lake Anne (2015-2018), in collaboration with businesses at Lake Anne Village Center. - Hosting over 10 artist talks and screenings of over 20 documentary films about national and international public art and artists. - Offering guided tours of the public art at Lake Anne Village Center. The collection is posted on Public Art Reston's website http://publicartreston.org/engage/explore/gallery/.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 400 students participate in community public art projects.

Geographic areas served: Fairfax County, Virginia and the Greater DC Metropolitan Region

Programs: Working with community organizations and developers to commission permanent and temporary public art in Reston; offering the Public Art Explorer online program for families; presenting a documentary public art film and speaker series; and offering public art tours.

Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston has a new Executive Director and even stronger focus on grassroots involvement in creating and enjoying public art.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director of Reston Community Center and have the pleasure of serving as an ex officio board member for Public Art Reston. RCC works with Public Art Reston regularly. We depend on them greatly to complement our programming.

The kits for families that this organization has created during the pandemic have been beautiful, fun and fantastic resources. Public Art Reston is an essential community partner for continuing the planning principles of Reston that are internationally recognized.

Working with Public Art Reston is always enjoyable and benefits our work greatly. We consider this organization to be a sterling reflection of the best practices for non-profit arts organizations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, I am a partner with the Kensington Reston. We wanted to create a public art piece for the community in conjunction with our new build in Reston. We worked closely with Public Art Reston to locate, design, and coordinate a piece that would add to the streetscape, our specific assisted living community, and the Reston community as a whole. Phoebe Avery and her entire team were a joy to work with. They clearly understood our constraints, from budget, to location, and our envisioned theme. Public Art Reston's involvement and guidance resulted in the best outcome for the community - we are happy to work with them and look forward to continuing to work with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PAR does an excellent job integrating art and art related events into the community. It makes Reston a better place to live.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have lived in Reston since 1968, and have always loved the nature and trails and community that make Reston special. Thanks to PAR, art is now another aspect that really makes Reston special. PAR does an amazing job bringing art into our community spaces and into our schools. They are champions and visionaries and partners.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston brings people together and provides opportunities for discovery and expression. The Public Art Explorer program is a great example of what this organization offers our community. The program invites individuals and families to explore Reston and engage with its works of public art. This is an educational endeavor that inspires creativity and promotes connections, between artist and viewer, person and place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The thoughtful consideration of public space and the promotion of the creative arts as conduits for shared experiences foster connections between people, build community, and create a sense of place. I appreciate Public Art Reston's contributions to a place called Reston. In particular, I enjoyed witnessing the development and installation of Ben Volta's mural in the pedestrian tunnel under Colt's Neck Road near the Hunters Woods Shopping Center. The collaborative artwork, which featured the scanned drawings of hundreds of school children, represented the ingenuity of a single professional artist as well as the great creativity and enthusiasm of its many participants. It was a piece of public art that in its execution reflected the values of the place it was made. And it was fun to look at, too.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston, through its roles as shepherd of the Reston Public Art Master Plan and its ability to provide guidance and leadership to community stakeholders interested in pursuing public art projects, helps give life to one of Bob Simon's founding principles for Reston, that art is a necessity of the good life. The projects that Public Art Reston has supported in Reston Town Center alone powerfully testify to the importance of the organization's role in our community (and their projects extend well beyond Town Center, of course) -- e.g., the annual ChalkFest, Reston Rondo by Mary Ann Mears, Patrick Dougherty's A Bird in the Hand, and now the monumental sculpture, Buoyant Force, by Sue Wrbican and the Greater Reston Arts Center (photo attached) -- have unquestionably elevated the live-work-play-visit aspiration that is such a central part of Reston life. Thank you, Public Art Reston, for your leadership in making Reston better and helping fulfill its ideals.

Robert Goudie, Executive Director, Reston Town Center Association

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization works hard to share great public art and promote it in our built environment. They are continually providing inspiring and enlightening guidance, and challenge us all to make our world beautiful.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I got involved with PAR several years ago because of my belief that public art improves day-to-day lives in our concrete jungles. I continue to be inspired by this group's dedication to their mission and their selfless contribution of time and resources, as well as the beautiful and creative public art works installed in Reston through their efforts. I'm proud to remain a supporter of this great organization.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is a cornerstone of beauty, inclusivity, enrichment and joy generously shared by our community, with our community. Public Art Reston is a facilitator of arts projects, a curator of works, an archiver of artwork, an educational tools provider, and advocate and advertiser of the arts and artists and an overall arts resource.

Volunteering for the organization has broadened my horizons and enriched my life. Five stars for Public Art Reston!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston is a mighty little organization that does a fantastic job of using its resources to create high quality, accessible public art to serve a diverse community. It has been a real joy to participate in the work of this organization and see the community commitment to creating beautiful and thoughtful spaces and experiences in Reston. I'm also very happy to see how much impact can be had with such a modest budget.

Matthew B.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a resident of Reston, I truly appreciate all the wonderful public art the community has to offer. Public Art Reston has played a huge role in helping bring new artwork to the area and fun family-friendly activities, like Chalkfest and Public Art Explorer activities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

They've been a great collaborative partner with the Reston Association, a homeowners association wit much open space, public space, that is used daily by the community. The ability to work with them to commission and fundraise over the last 10 + years has been fantastic. The breadth and depth of the Reston community volunteers in thier skills, connections, vision is phenomenal for the output and impact of Public Art Reston.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston
Thanks to Public Art Reston, colorful and engaging projects are filling our community. Diverse groups from elementary age through high schoolers and senior citizens have helped create/implement their own and commissioned artists’ visions in formerly nondescript settings.
Recently a dark pathway underpass was brought to life with a collaborative mural project.
In an annual effort, South Lakes HS students working with engineers and local government groups such as the Design Review board and Reston Association, create a sculpture on the spillway of a local dam.
Commercial real estate is warmed with colorful tilework. Even larger efforts are reviewed by Public Art Reston for comment and guidance.

Sara E. L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston is a fantastic organization that creates beauty and uplifting expression in the Reston, VA community. I have found it to be open and welcoming of ideas and community involvement. The organization works hard to ensure that public art here represents all residents and includes all neighborhoods.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I live in Reston and reap the artistic benefits of Public Art Reston on a regular basis. Public Art Reston is an important component to making Reston the wonderful place that it is. I fully support this wonderful organization. I have been involved with Public Art Reston in one way or another since it's inception in 2007 - donor, volunteer, collaborator, and now board member. It is well-run organization. As a former art educator, I appreciate all the educational outreach they do for students and families, often fueling a lifelong interest and appreciation of the arts. It is so wonderful to see the excitement of the community that has participated in a Public Art Reston project.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the Virtual Art Tour of Lake Anne. In all the years I have lived here (48 years) in Reston this is the first time I have had the occasion to have someone explain all the architectural objects in and around Lake Anne Center. Most enlightening and especially since the architectural staff of Reston had so much influence on the sculptures and their placement around the Center. I hope you all will keep working on the project and others like it as Reston has so much to share in the Public Art arena.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becoming a member of Public Art Reston's Public Art Committee, being able to bring new, innovative and site-specific artwork to the Reston community has been a wonderful experience. It has afforded me the opportunity to meet and engage with Reston students, local officials and our senior citizen population. Through this Committee, I have gained a better understanding of the process to produce a work of art for public display and how a work of art can enlighten, entertain and engage the entire community. Robin Greenstreet

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston is an invaluable local nonprofit that brings public art to the Reston community. What’s more, it provides tangible and educational opportunities for youth and community members to learn about and connect with public art, and participate in guided creative experiences of their own. Fantastic organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston has been instrumental in creating a new generation of artworks in Reston, VA. This organization engages with the community and tries to get multi-generational involvement. I've personally benefited from the family-friendly activities, our favorite is Chalk Fest, which they turned into a virtual event this year. I'm glad to be able to support the organization as a Board Member too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston is a wonderful organization that brings the community together through public art. Thanks to Public Art Reston's mission and vision, Reston is a welcoming place where both locals and visitors can delight in beautiful works of art displayed around the community. From murals, to sculptures, and underpasses, Reston has become a place where art is present everywhere you go. Additionally, Public Art Reston has involved residents and visitors in the creation of artworks, including kids from the local schools as well as families and professional and amateurs artists at its ChalkFest. Working with Public Art Reston has been rewarding at both personal and professional level and I'm proud of being a part of one of the committees.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the best public art programs. Very active with great leadership and strong community involvement . I especially appreciate , attention Public Art Reston staff pay to the needs of the artists and support throughout all stages of a project.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Public Art Reston was an amazing experience for my students at Dogwood Elementary. We were so excited when we were asked to participate in the Colts Neck Underpass Project. Through out the process, they arranged thoughtful interactions and activities for us to participate in, and the students were beyond excited to see their work come to life and be apart of a permanent installation in their community. We look forward to continuing to work with Public Art Reston to promote the arts in our area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My students at Hunters Woods Elementary had the pleasure to work with Public Art Reston to create a beautiful mural in the Colts Neck underpass. The students were thrilled to see their artwork be a part of the community and thoroughly enjoyed the instruction of Ben Volta. This was my first year participating in the Public Art Reston project and I can't say enough great things about this organization. Anne Delaney was professional in every decision that was made and she went out of her way to make sure the students would be involved in this art project with Ben Volta. Exposure to this organization has helped my students appreciate public art in the community of Reston.

Judy Sohn
Art Specialist
Hunters Woods Elementary for the Arts and Sciences

Client Served

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston is an outstanding non-profit organization that has been a part of Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences in Reston, Va. We have collaborated in two outstanding murals that are installed in our school's community. This has been a wonderful opportunity to work with several grade levels, collaborate with the artists, Valerie Theberge and Ben Volta and teachers. The artists have shared their expertise with our students and were fantastic in engaging them in the process. Public Art Reston staff are a wonderful group of professionals who are passionate about bringing the arts into the schools and community. I have had the pleasure of working with Anne Delaney. Her kindness and knowledge has been inspiration to me as an artist.

I highly recommend this organization to continue their outreach towards other communities and schools.

Sincerely,
Norma Morris
Art Specialist
Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences
703-262-7400

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston has not only established a standard of aesthetic excellence, providing accessible site specific artworks for the public spaces in Reston; it has also developed an interface between people, theIr community, and the landscape in Reston by harmonizing with the eco-centric history and urbanism of Reston’s founder Robert Simon.

The administrative staff and board exhibit a professional comprehension of Art and how Art should be used in the community. Thank you PAR, Reston loves you!

Eve T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston has been tireless in its efforts to identify and highlight Reston's proud history of Public Art and they've done an amazing job of adding to the Public Art in Reston.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston has done a great job integrating public art into the daily life of Reston. There is a wide array of public art projects and public art programs that enrich the community. Public Art Reston is very organized and easy to work with and are excellent at communicating and following through with their programming.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the spirit of Public Art Reston! They do a wonderful job of bringing artists and the community together to celebrate art in our public spaces. It's refreshing to be walking on a Reston trail and happen to come up to a beautiful installation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can I name a significant aspect of Reston’s distinctive character, you ask? Just read on, I say.

Beyond being the first open housing community in Virginia and among the early self-contained, planned communities in the US, Public Art Reston graces our community with projects that ooze both elegance and glee

Whether it is the captivating discovery of Pyramid of Light, a mobile sculpture surrounded by the water of Lake Thoreau, the magic music of the Plaza Fountain, the evening charm of Nokomis, a gorgeous lighted glass sculpture, the back-to-school welcome of Cadmiosaur, a welded-steel dinosaur at South Lakes High School, or the We Make Reston photographic portraits greeting me each day, all Public Art Reston activities contribute to Reston’s unique sense of place.

Thank you, Public Art Reston for brightening my day and illuminating my night.

jpamco

Donor

Rating: 5

This the 6th Lake Thoreau Art project done by Public Art Reston and South Lakes high school. I love the dedication of the Mr. Rando and his students. They work well into their summer vacation to complete the project.

Thank you to Reston Arts and Reston Association for your 8 years of support. (In Aug 2011, the first email was sent to Public Arts and Reston Association about putting up art on the spillway and it took until Summer of 2014 to get first installation).

All have done a fantastic to bring a common experience to Reston.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IPAR and Anne Delaney have done a wonderful job to bring art to Reston. When I look around Reston and see all the wonderful pieces - I have a great sense of pride in IPAR's good works. Art is about shared experiences and shared experience bring people together. IPAR and Anne have done an outstanding job in helping Reston shape truly a unique community.

James P
Lake Thoreau Entertainment Association

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.

1 Susan Gail B.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with IPAR I have seen firsthand the passion and dedication this organization has for the Reston community and local artists. Of particular importance is their commitment to bringing art to the younger generations through their A Bird in the Hand exhibit, ChalkFest, and their work with South Lakes High School. This is a truly worthwhile organization that plays an important role in the Reston community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Public Art Reston - such a great cause and this organization is filled of wonderful/passionate folks.

I'm new to the area and joined a few months back. They have welcomed me in open armed, encouraged my ideas, and sparked my own creativity. There's lots going on, but new approaches and ideas are strongly supported. Volunteer for a fundraiser, join a committee, attend an event, or simply enjoy & support public art!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered three times for IPAR! Love the activities! My two favorites have been the Chalk Walk at Lake Anne and Reston Towne Center. Both were so well received! It was so nice to see children, families, couples, singles, and artists both professional and aspiring to come out and CREATE a beautiful art piece. ALL were so unique , creative, and original!
We NEED more of these fun experiences in this day and age.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to volunteer with IPAR In Reston, Va. under Anne Delaney three times this year. Twice they held a Chalk Walk both in Lake Anne Village and Reston Towne Center. This was such a great experience for me as a retired teacher to escort artists, families, and or couples to a designated spot and create a chalk art. To see the joy in the children's faces and to see families enjoying the time together was priceless. I worked the Jazz Festival also at Lake Anne Village. Families again could help create a mural or paint upon a local artists work previously printed on large paper. The children jumped right in some adults were a bit shy but once the inner child took over they also jumped right in and had a ball!
IPAR has had a great impact on our community and helped continue to create an interest in art!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art, especially public art, has been an important part of Reston from it's very beginning. As an art lover, I am so glad that IPAR continues the public art tradition for Reston in such a positive way. They not only support new public art in Reston, but also seek to educate Reston residents about public art in general. I am fortunate to have been involved with IPAR since it's very beginning, first as an employee of one of the founding member organizations and now as a volunteer. I enjoy sharing the IPAR vision and helping to educate people of all ages about public art in Reston and beyond.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to iPAR Reston is not only a growing community but a place where art is expressed in many ways and places. Not only we have beautiful works of art around the area, like murals and sculptures but we also have events where the community can participate, like ChalkFest. Organizations like IPAR is what make a difference in a community and Anne and her team has done a wonderful job!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have lived in Reston since 1980 - and I think about relocating at least once a year...but each time I come back to the fact that in Reston, arts are treasured and incorporated in our daily lives, and experienced through our many senses. This is made possible through the efforts and dedication of IPAR - it is a community engagement, a conscious decision on the parts of so many organizations and their representatives to make "the arts" available and possible for so many residents and visitors of our community. Without IPAR gathering up the individual interests, looking out for opportunities outside of Reston to bring back to us, Reston would be a very blank landscape for the arts. Go IPAR!! Big Bang for the buck!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Public Art - Reston provides a terrific service to Reston, its businesses and its residents. The organization works to document, catalogue and promote exisiting public art installations throughout our community. Additionally, it works to add to that inventory by supporting property developers, community organizations, schools and others to deliver new elements using best practices. We are fortunate to have this organization in our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

IPAR does a great job promoting public art by sponsoring Chalkfest at Lake Anne and Reston Town Center. Families and local artists have an opportunity to share their art with the community. IPAR provides excellent support and prizes.

IPAR is also supporting the bicycle community by sponsoring a contest for artistic bike rack designs. This will be another opportunity to showcase local art while providing much-needed functional bike racks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IPAR has regularly organized and hosted events that are interesting, engaging, and run very well. These events have inspired me to volunteer with the organization as well to help ensure they can continuously provide the quality I've experienced. I always look forward to IPAR events and willing to participate whenever possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had so much fun volunteering for IPAR and participating in their wonderful events. I was delighted to help share information about the Patrick Dougherty Bird in the Hand sculpture this summer. Being at the park with families who wanted to hear about the sculptor and his work was a wonderfully engaging way to meet and talk with folks about public art.
The Chalk Fest at RTC was also so much fun. My son and granddaughter designed a beautiful rainbow image and had a wonderful time being together creating public art.
Anne Delaney has such passion and vision for ways to engage the community in creating and appreciating public art, and we are all so much better off as a result!