UPDATED MAY 21, 2020:

Williamsburg Area Arts Commission

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The purpose of the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission (WAAC) will 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 that encourages the growth, development, and accessibility of cultural amenities for the benefit of citizens and visitors.

List of Commissioners

List of Commissioners PDF

Arts Calendars

The arts calendar is currently hosted by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance website. Organizations who receive funding must submit events to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance website. Organizations are also encouraged to add their events to the Visit Williamsburg website. To register your event, click here

Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance Events.
 Visit Williamsburg Events

Applying for the Grant

Application collection for FY21 is closed. The application process opens in October and closes in December. Grants are reviewed in January. 

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. Please note: If you are using the PDF, you MUST save it to your computer first before filling it out; otherwise, your information will not be saved. 

Criteria for Funding. The following criteria must be met before consideration of funding.

WAAC Criteria for Funding PDF

Grant Submission Introduction Video

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

Grantee Guidelines: Award Acceptance Checklist. 

Conditions for organizations who receive grant funding.


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WAAC Grant Guidelines

WAAC Grant Guidelines PDF

2019 Year-End Report Form

Required form for 2019 fiscal year grant recipients.

2019 Year-End Report Form   PDF   |   Word Doc

FY 2020 Grantees

Williamsburg Area Arts Commission grant recipients for the 2019-2020 fiscal year:

FY 2020 Grantees Grantees

Funding Sources

Total funding for the FY 2019 arts grant program was $ 160,000. This comprises gifts of $75,500 made by The City of Williamsburg and  $75,500 made by James City County plus a $9,000 state challenge grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas Minutes
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January 2019
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 November 2019  Available  
 January 2020  Available  

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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