Williamsburg Area Arts Commission

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The purpose of the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission (WAAC) shall be to assist Williamsburg City Council and James City County Board of Supervisors and other appropriate bodies and organizations in supporting and stimulating excellence in the arts and in creating an atmosphere which encourages the growth, development, and accessibility of cultural amenities for the benefit of citizens and visitors.

List of Commissioners

List of Commissioners [PDF]

Arts Calendar
The arts calendar is an on-line listing which features a broad array of arts events and cultural performances in the greater Williamsburg area. The majority of these activities have been funded through the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission arts grant program. Arts events and cultural performances may also be found on the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance website. 

Arts Calendar
Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Events.

Applying for Grant: Criteria for Funding

The following criteria must be met before consideration of funding.

2018/19 Criteria for Funding PDF

Applying for Grant: Grant Submission Introduction Video

Click here to watch the required introduction video for the 2018-2019 WAAC application.

Applying for Grant: Grant Application
The Williamsburg Area Arts Commission welcomes all 501(c)(3) arts and cultural organizations to apply for supplementary funding for a project or performance which meets WAAC grant requirements.

2018/19 WAAC Application (fillable PDF) PDF

Grantee Guidelines: Award Acceptance Checklist
Conditions for organizations who receive grant funding.

CLICK HERE to download an image of the WAAC logo to include in printed material or online.

2018/19 Guidelines and Checklist PDF

Event Submissions to Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Website
Organizations who receive funding must submit events to the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Alliance website.. All projects, performances, and/or services must be funded through the WAAC arts grant program or sponsored by WAAC grant recipients.

Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Events.

2018 Year-End Report Form
Required form for 2018 fiscal year grant recipients.

2018 Year-End Report Form PDF

2017/FY 2018 Grantees
Williamsburg Area Arts Commission grant recipients for the 2018 fiscal year:

2017/FY 2018 Grantees Grantee List

Funding Sources
Total funding for the FY 2018 arts grant program was $ 160,000. This comprises gifts of $85,000 made by The City of Williamsburg and  $65,000 made by James City County plus a $10,000 state challenge grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas Minutes
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Related Links

Arts Impact Study
The arts encourage academic achievement, nurture civic engagement, stimulate economic development and enhance the quality of life.

Following links provide reports, articles and research validating the value of the arts.


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