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ArtsFairfax announces honorees, sets date of gala

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ArtsFairfax has announced honorees for its 2022 Arts Awards, to be held in October.

Philanthropists Gary and Tina Mather; actor, director and playwright Mark Brutsché; Capital One Hall; and Fall for the Book will be celebrated for their visionary contributions in Northern Virginia as part of the fund-raiser.

The 2022 celebration is slated for Oct. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. at Capital One Hall in Tysons. (For information, see the Website at www.artsfairfax.org.)

“We are delighted to honor the remarkable contributions of this year’s Arts Awards honorees, who have all demonstrated a deep commitment to our community and to making Fairfax arts and culture more accessible,” says Linda Sullivan, ArtsFairfax’s president and CEO.


Funds raised during the event will support efforts among 200 non-profit arts organizations throughout the county, including artist residencies in public schools and other community sites, professional development for arts administrators, the Fairfax Poet Laureate, and the promotion of arts and culture activities to Fairfax County’s residents.

Capital One Hall will be recipient of the Jinx Hazel Arts Award. The facility opened in October and includes a 1,600-seat performance hall and 225-seat black-box theater.

“Capital One Hall is truly a beacon of entertainment and an investment in the quality of life for the Fairfax region,” ArtsFairfax officials said.
Gary and Tiny Mather will be recipients of the Arts Philanthropy Award, for service with and support of a number of organizations, including the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performance Arts and Inova Foundation’s boards.

The also are boosters of the National Symphony, Washington Performing Arts, Kennedy Center and Middleburg Film Festival, as well as Safespot, Jack Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and 100 Women Strong.

Actor, director and playwright Mark Brutsché has been selected for the 2022 Arts Achievement Award based on his outstanding career achievement and lasting contributions to the community.

A professional actor for the last 45 years, Brutsché has worked in film, radio, television and on stage, including 19 years of rotating in and out of the cast of “Shear Madness” at the Kennedy Center and a run at the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater with an “informance” about clowning, “Two Fruits Without a Peel.”

“As the artistic director of the Young Actors Theatre and the former assistant technical director at Reston Community Center, Brutsché brings his four decades of professional experience to educating young performers ages 7-16 in the disciplines of voice, dance and acting,” ArtsFairfax officials said. “Through Young Actors Theatre, which trains approximately 150 kids annually, Brutsché encourages his young performers to participate in all aspects of mounting a production, and more importantly, inspires the next generation of arts-lovers to gain the experience of belonging in a community effort.”

New in 2022, the Arts Innovation Award recognizes an organization that has implemented nontraditional or inventive approaches to their art form and has uniquely engaged audiences in the arts. In recognition of its forward-thinking literary programming, Fall for the Book is the Arts Innovation Award’s inaugural recipient.

Based at George Mason University, Fall for the Book is a nonprofit literary-arts organization redefining the notion of what a book festival can be. The event annually attracts 20,000 live and on-demand attendees, as well as a notable roster of authors.

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