Falls Church, officially the City of Falls Church, is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. Falls Church is included in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Taking its name from The Falls Church, an 18th-century Anglican parish, Falls Church gained township status within Fairfax County in 1875. In 1948, it was incorporated as the City of Falls Church, an independent city with county-level governance status. It is also referred to as Falls Church City..
Falls Church Arts (FCA) is a 501(c)3, nonprofit, community arts organization that promotes the visual, performing, literary, and applied arts.
The mission of Falls Church Arts is to ensure that the arts are an essential part of the cultural environment of the city of Falls Church. To achieve this end, the FCA will conceive, develop and implement programs to foster the visual, performing, literary, and applied arts.
FCA partners with Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church (map), the home of the FCA Gallery. Several exhibits a year are mounted at the gallery and, every year, FCA’s All-Member Show hangs on all the walls at ArtSpace. Several times a year, FCA sponsors artists’ discussions at ArtSpace. It also holds other events there, such as demonstrations, workshops and classes, and literary gatherings.
Elsewhere in the city, FCA also sponsors the year-long Gallery Without Walls program, Art in the Parks at the Cherry Hill Concerts (summer), art classes, and an annual Plein Air Festival (May-June). It also publishes an email newsletter.
Creative Cauldron was founded by our Producing Director, Laura Connors Hull, in February 2002. Since its incorporation Creative Cauldron has grown tremendously and has called the Little City of Falls Church home since taking up residence in ArtSpace Falls Church in 2009.
Guided by the belief that creativity is a fundamental need of the human spirit, Creative Cauldron is dedicated to providing affordable, enriching, and diverse experiences in the performing and visual arts to Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, DC community.
Creative Cauldron gives people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds opportunities to connect and grow through the arts. We create original productions, present a broad array of art and artists, and offer transformative educational programs in an intimate and collaborative atmosphere.
The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation was founded in 1997 to preserve the early civil rights history of Falls Church and vicinity. The history of Tinner Hill is about civil rights, location, and a few brave people who defended the U.S Bill of Rights. It is about hard work and perseverance. E.B. Henderson, Joseph Tinner and numerous others who lived on or around Tinner Hill had to outsmart and outflank the rulers of this rural area and they did. Today, we all reap the benefits of this almost forgotten battle, and up to the eighth generation of these families still live on the hill.
The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation has two, close-in-proximity properties that, remarkably, survive from the post Civil War period. Both properties are intimately tied to the history of Falls Church and to the struggles of African Americans to attain their rights and freedoms, from the period of Jim Crow through the Civil Rights Movement. The existence of the two properties presents the City of Falls Church and, in fact, the state and the nation, with a rare opportunity a) to preserve vernacular places not grand in stature but immensely important in the evolution of this freedom-based democracy, b) to acknowledge the importance of these places by making their presence central to the City’s development projects. (At present, these planned developments–commercial and residential buildings—surround or are visibly near the two African American sites.) In 1999 THHF constructed the Tinner Hill Monument located near both properties.
The Village Preservation and Improvement Society, founded in 1885, is an active nonprofit citizen volunteer organization in the City of Falls Church, Virginia.
After many years of activism, the Society still is comprised of concerned citizens who address many important issues that face our community. As our Statement of Purpose indicates, the Society works to preserve our natural and built environment, historic structures and landmarks, and promotes cultural activities.
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