Stories & Testimonials

My daughter is a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston and I’d like to share what an amazing impact IPAR has had for her for the last three years. South Lakes HS has a group called the “STEAM Team.” It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The Steam Team has designed and built an art piece each year that has been displayed on a spillway in the middle of a large lake in Reston. The team has had to incorporate concepts of engineering, math and art to achieve these sculptures. This has been a HUGE undertaking for the students in this group, from conceptualizing the design, getting approval from the Reston Design Review Board, to getting it built and installed. The team had a great sponsor and a fantastic teacher/mentor but this simply could not have happened without the support of IPAR and Anne Delaney. The local community has embraced these installations and the students as well. As a parent, I can’t convey how important and life changing these projects have been for my daughter and her fellow team members. This has provided these kids with such an incredible sense of achievement and growth. At every step of the way, IPAR has been there for team, from reviewing the initial design concept to guiding and supporting the team through the review process to providing the celebratory unveiling ceremony. I know that being part of the STEAM team will be one of the top High School memories for my daughter. I also am aware from the feedback of my neighbors and friends in the area, that the community really takes pride in the art and that local students produced it. I really appreciate the vision, direction and support that IPAR provided. Pretty amazing.

Bobbie Slaski

South Lakes High School STEAM Team member parent

Public art is such a visible expression of an area’s commitment to promoting arts, cultivating community and creating everyday wonder for everyone to enjoy. Public Art Reston is an organization that reflects the community’s passion for art and community. They have a strong web of partners and the group is deeply ingrained in the community. Because of these deep community roots, the organization is able to do a whole lot with very limited resources. Public Art Reston is one of the key organizations in Reston that helps make the area so community-centric and inviting.

Gerald Zavala

Board Director and Committee Chair, Public Art Reston

Public Art Reston provides a terrific service to Reston, its businesses and its residents. The organization works to document, catalogue and promote existing public art installations throughout our community. Additionally, it works to add to that inventory by supporting property developers, community organizations, schools and others to deliver new elements using best practices. We are fortunate to have this organization in our community.

Anonymous Board Member

Public Art Reston

Public Art Reston has been a wonderful asset to the Reston community! Their commitment to the arts has encouraged a fantastic dialogue among the neighbors, and they continue to inspire the community to think outside the box when it comes to public art.

Anonymous volunteer

Art, especially public art, has been an important part of Reston from it’s very beginning. As an art lover, I am so glad that [Public Art Reston] continues the public art tradition for Reston in such a positive way. They not only support new public art in Reston, but also seek to educate Reston residents about public art in general. I am fortunate to have been involved with IPAR since it’s very beginning, first as an employee of one of the founding member organizations and now as a volunteer. I enjoy sharing the [Public Art Reston] vision and helping to educate people of all ages about public art in Reston and beyond.

Anonymous volunteer

As a volunteer with [Public Art Reston] I have seen firsthand the passion and dedication this organization has for the Reston community and local artists. Of particular importance is their commitment to bringing art to the younger generations through their A Bird in the Hand exhibit, ChalkFest, and their work with South Lakes High School. This is a truly worthwhile organization that plays an important role in the Reston community.

Anonymous volunteer

What a positive addition to the community this organization has been. Whether building on Reston’s history of public art or planning projects for Reston’s future public spaces, the [Public Art Reston] has contributed to the visual landscaping. Wondrously, it is evolving into a fascinating horizon of shapes, colors, textures and imagination-tickling works. Even local government buildings are enhanced by wonderful sculpture, which was selected and executed with Public Art Reston’s involvement. Finally, [Public Art Reston] is unique, in the United States, with its 2008 Public Art Master Plan for the unincorporated Reston community.

Reston community member

Public Art Reston—such a great cause and this organization is filled of wonderful/passionate folks. I’m new to the area and joined a few months back. They have welcomed me in open armed, encouraged my ideas, and sparked my own creativity. There’s lots going on, but new approaches and ideas are strongly supported. Volunteer for a fundraiser, join a committee, attend an event, or simply enjoy & support public art!

Nikki Reynolds

Committee member, Public Art Reston

With the stream of engaging and interactive public art works and information that [Public Art Reston] brings to our community, all of us, of every age are all the more fortunate. Our lives are enriched with the awareness of art and creativity in our midst. As [Public Art Reston] has a seemingly never-ending supply of new initiatives, we are excited to know “what’s next” as we enjoy what’s here! We’re very proud of our unique community, and it’s gratifying to hear locals and visitors express their delight when they see our public art, and learn. And, we have all the more reason to invite visitors to enjoy and explore—the quality of the works adds to this area’s appeal as a destination in the Washington DC region.

Reston community member

I am a [Public Art Reston] board member. I am also a resident of Reston and grew up there. [Public Art Reston] is an incredibly well managed organization that is doing a remarkable job of continuing and reimagining the role of public art in our community. The sprit of our community grows with each new public art project that [Public Art Reston] implements. From engaging our school students in art projects to bringing world renowned artists to our community, [Public Art Reston] captivates Restonian’s imaginations, brings us together as a community and inspires us to pursue artistic endeavors in our own lives. I have watched my 3 year old daughter experience such joy as she plays in or views [Public Art Reston] projects. I’m so glad to know she has had these special experiences and that so many other Restonians have had them as well.

Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

Board Member, Public Art Reston

I loved working with STEAM, as someone who likes design and does art. For a while I thought I couldn’t pursue art as a career, but being able to make something that contributes to the community makes me feel that there is a real need for art in our world.

Victoria Slaski

STEAM (December 2016), South Lakes High School

I have been working as an artist with public art programs since 1975. The programs have included state, local, institutional and in some cases specific state and local government agencies such as education and transportation departments. [Public Art Reston] is entirely professional, incredibly effective in enabling the highest quality art to be created, and exceeds all others in the quality of its public engagement.

From the selection process at the beginning and throughout the entire process of the commission, I was very impressed with the way that the executive director of [Public Art Reston] facilitated the public private partnership that was formed in support of my specific project. I believe that the guidance and support of [Public Art Reston] throughout enabled me to create one of the most successful works of public art of my career and the most enthusiastically welcomed of all.

In addition to logistical support, [Public Art Reston] was amazing in connecting me to the Reston community at all stages. I was truly inspired through the understanding that I gained of Reston’s history and culture and the sculpture reflects that inspiration. My relationship with the Reston community has continued in quite wonderful ways. I had a great conversation with students from South Lake High School in the midst of their process of creating their sculpture “Nothing Twice” recently unveiled at the Lake Thoreau Spillway. Also, [Public Art Reston] facilitated my participation when the Reston Community Center commissioned two dance companies to choreograph and perform dances inspired by my sculpture, “Reston Rondo” as part of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. I conceived of the sculpture to be interactive; the dancers’ performances were magical and embodied a wonderful intersection of the arts as forms of human expression.

Beyond my association as an artist with [Public Art Reston], I have some depth of experience with arts non-profits as a former member of the Maryland State Arts Council, a trustee of Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), the founder and a trustee of Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance and Co-Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools which engaged many non-profit arts institutions in its work. Based on this experience as well, I strongly recommend IPAR as an exemplary non-profit organization.

Mary Ann Mears

Artist