2018 Champion for the Arts Award

FinePicture.jpgThe City of Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission is proud to announce that Barbara and Andrew Fine have been selected as recipients of the City's 2018 Champion for the Arts Award.

The idea for the award was generated through the development of the City's first-ever strategic plan for the arts, Virginia Beach Arts Plan 2030, to recognize those community members dedicated to the furtherance of the arts in Virginia Beach. The Commission felt that honoring citizens who go above and beyond to raise awareness for the arts in Virginia Beach was an important first initiative to implement from the Arts Plan 2030. The Commission is thrilled to honor Barbara and Andrew with this well-deserved award.

Barbara and Andrew Fine, married over 50 years, have devoted their lives to working with countless civic and non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Virginia Beach. Their extraordinary impact on the arts in Hampton Roads began in the 1980s establishing a permanent location for the Virginia Beach Arts Center, which would later become the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. For almost 40 years, the Fines have blazed the trail to elevate the Hampton Roads arts community with such initiatives as the start of the City’s first Percent for the Arts program, the Art of Glass I and II, and the founding of the Tidewater Performing Arts Society. More recently, they spearheaded the creation of the ViBe Creative District, Virginia Beach’s first arts district. The Fines have been unrelenting advocates for how the arts can transform a community and showcase Virginia Beach as a welcoming and creative city that takes pride in its public spaces.

A glass plaque in recognition of their Champion for the Arts Award was presented to Barbara and Andrew Fine at the public dedication of "The Canoes," the new scultpure on the Lesner Bridge by Donal Lipski. Award recipients' names are also etched in brick and displayed in a Champion for the Arts path in front of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, near the intersection of Commerce and Market streets.


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