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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!