Description of the Project

Building on the community engagement momentum created by last year’s Bench Project, the Vienna Arts Society (VAS) is hosting a community-wide Art of Kindness event on October 24 and 25 in the Vienna Community Center (VCC).  The event will have three segments:

  • VAS members will present an art show with works featuring the Kindness theme.

  •  The Vienna Photographic Society will host a Kindness show at the same time.

  • We are also inviting all Vienna citizens to participate by submitting short descriptions, illustrations, and/or poems about acts of kindness in Vienna.  These submissions, which can be digital or hardcopy, will then be displayed in the large gym at VCC as part of the Art of Kindness show. A reception is tentatively scheduled for October 24 in the late afternoon.

VAS is working closely with Vienna schools and churches to involve as many citizens as possible and is lining up other Vienna art-related groups as performers and/or volunteers to raise awareness of the wealth of art resources in town. We will not be charging an admission fee.  Instead we will ask attendees to bring feminine product donations for the Vienna-based charity BRAWS and/or donations to the Hypothermia Project.

Submission Guidelines

Public submissions containing a description of an act of kindness experienced in Vienna, an illustration, or a poem should be completely anonymous so please do not sign them or use real names. Hardcopy submissions should be no larger than 8 1/2′ x 11″ and can be dropped off at painted submission boxes all over town (see the box locations tab). All illustrations should be submitted in hardcopy. If you would prefer to submit your kindness description or poem digitally, please ensure that the text is in Helvetica 14-point text so it is easily readable and is no more than 250 words long. Click below to submit digitally.

Submit Digitally

Hardcopy submissions should be no larger than 8 1/2” x 11” and can be dropped off at painted submission boxes all over town.

Submission Boxes Locations

Interested donors/sponsors/performers

A main tenet of the Vienna Arts Society’s mission is to engage with the community and enhance public life through art.  VAS views the Art of Kindness event as a community builder and not a fundraising opportunity. We are not charging admission and are depending heavily on volunteers and donors.  Town officials strongly support the event and Vienna businesses are hosting submission boxes to make public participation as easy as possible.

If you are interested in performing at the event for free or donating to defray costs as an act of kindness, please reach out to our co-chairs, Marybeth Davis at mbad07@gmail.com or Mary Ellen Larkins at melarkins@verizon.net.