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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: 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 12 permanent and 13 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 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), "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”, a guide to public art at historical Lake Anne Village 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.

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

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Previous Stories

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.

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.

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.