Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission
- 6:30 p.m.
- 3rd Thursday of every month
- Parks, Recreation and Tourism Administrative Office
1224 Progressive Drive
2023 Upcoming Dates
- January 19
- February 16
- March 16
- April 20
- May 18
- June 15
- July 20
- August 17
- September 21
- October 19
- November 16
- December 21
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
The objective of the Fine Arts Commission is to make or arrange for studies on the needs of the cultural groups and citizens of Chesapeake for public cultural facilities; to act as a coordinating body for the various fine arts groups within the City; to promote participation in and appreciation of the fine arts throughout Chesapeake.
Enriching Chesapeake Through the Arts
Since 1968, the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission (CFAC) has served as the united voice for the arts community by educating the public about the value and significance of music, architecture, drama, dance, painting, and sculpture. The commission's mission is to increase citizen access to the arts by providing leadership, advocacy and support for art that enriches the cultural vitality of our community.
The impact of the arts reaches beyond the obvious cultural and aesthetic enhancements. From a very young age, a good arts education has been linked to improved problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. It stimulates and develops the imagination. The study of music affects brain development stimulating neural activity and expanding the ability to think. Students who study sculpture and architecture improve their understanding of geometry. In addition, art provides another way to approach learning and levels the “learning field” across socioeconomic boundaries. It has proven to be an alternative to destructive behavior in at-risk youth.
Why Do We Need the Arts?
More than half of America’s students leave school without the skills to find and keep a good job. Arts education teaches communication, creative thinking, self-esteem, imagination and invention. These are all valuable skills for today’s workforce.
The arts are a powerful draw to tourists increasing spending and tax revenues. Nationally for every $1 spent on the arts, more than $5 is generated in revenues.