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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.

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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Reston, Virginia remains the premiere planned community in the United States. IPAR has truly enhanced and strengthened the visual aesthetics of the Reston community and has provided substantial support for local artisans. I will be eternally proud of being selected to create the Reston Mural located in the Reston Town Center partially supported by IPAR that adds to its visual and historical uniqueness. I believe Robert Simon is delighted by of all of this. Well done IPAR!

Carolyn108

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IPAR is a small non-profit in Reston, VA with a huge impact on the quality of life in the region. The organization is instrumental in sponsoring, installing and promoting public art in many different mediums in public and private spots. In addition, they partner with many other organizations in Reston to advocate for public art. My favorite pieces have been those created by high school students and prominently displayed for the general public to enjoy creating a great sense of place and community. Here's a shout out to their community impact on a shoe string budget!

Writer

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

IPAR has been a fantastic partner for Reston Community Center (RCC) since its inception. RCC is proud to have collaborated with this organization to bring the vibrant legacy of public art in our community to the public and to build on that legacy for new generations. Our co-commissions have been successful in large part thanks to the leadership role IPAR plays in its stewardship of Reston's Public Art Master Plan. That Plan - guiding the community in creating new public art - is the first of its kind for an unincorporated community and represents one of IPAR's signal achievements. We are thrilled to be associated with IPAR, its Executive Director Anne Delaney and the exemplary Board of Directors who represent Reston's civic and artistic institutions and bring vision and leadership to this important work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Public art is good for every community. It is free and accessible to people all ages, economic status, and physical abilities. IPAR’s public art projects and programs encourage interaction; reduce ethnic, racial and cultural barriers; and nurture a sense of belonging.

How does IPAR work? IPAR builds broad community support through collaboration. IPAR’s partner organizations share a commitment to urban design principles and communal values established by Reston’s visionary founder, Robert E. Simon, more than 50 years ago.

These principles and values are embraced by Reston residents and affirmed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: “Public art has been a component of the effort to achieve quality urban design in Reston since the community’s inception and is a distinguishing feature that contributes to the overall character of Reston. In order to continue to realize the goal of making Reston a vibrant place to live, work and play, public art should be encouraged in future development of Reston.” [Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 2013-05]

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a positive addition to the community this organization has been. Whether building on Reston's history of public art or planning projects for Reston's future public spaces, the Initiative for Public Art - Reston has contributed to the visual landscaping. Wondrously, it is evolving into a fascinating horizon of shapes, colors, textures and imagination-tickling works. Even local government buildings are enhanced by wonderful sculpture, which was selected and executed with IPAR's involvement. Finally, IPAR is unique, in the United States, with its 2008 Public Art Master Plan for the unincorporated Reston community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am writing this review because IPAR has successfully developed a World Class Public Art program. The initiative is evolving as a model for the future of how and why public art should be an integral aspect of social structure, a real-time record of a community’s cultural legacy that enhances the quality of life.
The How and Why
I am a South Lakes HS photo/art/design teacher who was provided an opportunity to host an after school art club which since 3 years ago is now a public art club. Thanks to IPAR (Anne Delaney) and a community patron James Pan. The public art project was a challenge brought before SLHS students based upon a community concern. The idea was to give students a professional and prestigious learning experience that consisted of all the trials and tribulations a professional would encounter if given a public art commission. The current art club is appropriately named by the students as- STEAM Team, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Students are learning how to synthesize these disciplines to develop what is to be the 3rd large scale kinetic sculpture for the highly visible location on Lake Thoreau Reston Va.
This is only one of IPAR’s amazing initiatives that we are hoping to grow as an ongoing educational component in multiple schools.
Developing the creative and professional quality of life during formative years of education.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am an IPAR board member. I am also a resident of Reston and grew up there. IPAR is an incredibly well managed organization that is doing a remarkable job of continuing and reimagining the role of public art in our community. The sprit of our community grows with each new public art project that IPAR implements. From engaging our school students in art projects to bringing world renowned artists to our community, IPAR captivates Restonian's imaginations, brings us together as a community and inspires us to pursue artistic endeavors in our own lives. I have watched my 3 year old daughter experience such joy as she plays in or views IPAR projects. I'm so glad to know she has had these special experiences and that so many other Restonains have had them as well.