Greater Reston Arts Center, better known as GRACE, is a non-profit organization in Reston, Virginia. It was founded in the year 1974, whose mission is to enrich the community life by promoting involvement and excellence when it comes to modern visual arts and the like. And in order to achieve this mission, GRACE provides different programs offered all-year round. These programs are focused on visual art exhibitions, education for all ages, as well as special events.
GRACE is considered as a dynamic arts center, giving a diverse community with many opportunities to explore and experience art in varying forms. These are through exhibitions, educational programs, and of course, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Whether you are a teenager, college student, or a professional artist, or perhaps you are an art collector, gallery goer or just a curious passerby, the programs offered by GRACE can be a rewarding experience for you.
Founded in 1974 by artists as well as art lovers, GRACE has long been a source of cultural enrichment for Reston community. From its early years at the Lake Anne Village Center, to its current location at Reston Town Center, it has continued to be a leader in expanding the regional arts.
Anyone can be a member of GRACE. It encourages people to support the region’s most important cultural institutions. Members of this organization receive invitations to events, discounts, on programs, priority registration, reduced jury fees for artists, and a whole lot more. Moreover, GRACE is also supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and of course, individual and corporate donations and grants. Members are indeed very lucky.
The Greater Reston Arts Center is at the corner of Market Street and the St. Francis in the Reston Tower Center. From the Dulles Toll Road in route 267, it is best to exit at the Reston Parkway and head north, turn left on Bluemont then a right on St. Francis. It is just past the bus stop. There are a limited number of parking spaces available on the streets, so it is advised to take the parking lots that one can pass by on Bluemont. Don’t worry, those parking areas are free.
Through public transportation, form West Falls Church Metro, you can take the Fairfax Connector Bus #505 or #950 to the Reston Town Center Transit Station at Bluemont Way and the Library Street. From the station, cross and follow the Library Street until you reach the Market Street. Make a left to St. Francis Street. GRACE is on the corner.