Williamsburg Area Arts Commission

Spring Forum 2021

The WAAC presented its Spring Forum: "Survive, Revive & Thrive: How We Emerge from the Recent Virtual Past" on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The keynote speaker was Ruby Lopez Harper of the Americans for the Arts. Click here to view a video of the presentation.  


  • Patricia Rublein, Chair (City of Williamsburg
  • Bob Leek, Vice-Chair (City of Williamsburg)
  • Georgianna Avioli (James City County)
  • Susan Corbett (City of Williamsburg)
  • Charles Nurnberger (Bruton District - York County)


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.

Arts Calendars

Organizations who receive funding must submit events to the Williamsburg Business Council and Williamsburg Tourism Council websites:

Applying for the Grant (Closed for FY22)

The application process is now closed. Applications were due December 1st, 2020 by 4:00 pm. Grants are reviewed in January. Please note: this year's application process is entirely online.

Application Portal

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. 

Guidelines & Criteria for Funding

Grantee Guidelines: Award Acceptance Checklist

Conditions for organizations who receive grant funding.


Year-End Report Form

The year-end forms were due June 30, 2021. Login here.

2022 Fiscal Year Grantees

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

Funding Sources

Total funding for the fiscal year 2021 arts grant program is $159,000. This comprises gifts of $75,000 made by The City of Williamsburg and $75,000 made by James City County plus a $9,000 state challenge grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Arts Impact Study

The arts encourage academic achievement, nurture civic engagement, stimulate economic development, and enhance the quality of life.

The following links provide reports, articles, and research validating the value of the arts: