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Angela Fox, president/CEO of the Crystal City Business Improvement District, has been awarded the 2012 Arlington County Women of Vision Award. The award is presented each year by the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women.
Hired as the first president/CEO of the Crystal City BID in 2006, Fox has grown the organization into a beacon for the repositioning of urban communities, winning more than eight awards, ranging from environmental sustainability to economic development. Under her leadership, several widely recognized businesses and organizations have become part of the fabric in Crystal City. The list includes Arena Stage, which built a temporary home that is now a permanent home for the award-winning Synetic Theater, Artomatic, Revolution Cycles, Capitol Bike-Share, Freshfarm Markets, and so much more.
Fox and her team are the force behind several award-winning Crystal City BID programs, such as Art Walls, which turned concrete into full-scale canvas for local artists, Crystal Couture, and a series of creative “Vintage Crystal” wine programs. She helped launched 5K Fridays in April, weekly Street Hockey leagues, outdoor yoga, and green programs, such as community-supported agriculture, street recycling, eco-friendly landscape, all-compost events, and a weekly farmers market. They have also transformed the gateways into Crystal City, put free Wi-Fi in the courtyards, and they are not done yet.
Sally Baird, the first out lesbian on the Arlington County School Board, was named 2012 OUTstanding Virginian honoree by Equality Virginia. As both a mother and an education advocate, Sally also served on the Arlington Public School’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee and in PTA leadership roles with her children's elementary school.
Artist Si Jae Byun will participate this spring in Arlington Arts Center's Visiting Artist Residency Program. Byun comes to Arlington from Seoul, South Korea, where she earned a BFA in painting and an MFA in the New Form in Visual Art from Kookmin University. She has also earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. From April 7 to June 30, Byun will work on current projects in AAC's Visiting Artist Studio while engaging with members of the Residency Program and inviting the public to view her work during Open Studios events, the next of which will be Friday, April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.