November 1, 2021
The Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) recognized an event held in 2020 at the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center in Purcellville, Virginia. The award was presented to the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) at the VRPS annual conference held last week in Harrisonburg, Virginia. More than 400 delegates, exhibitors, speakers and volunteers from across the state attended the annual event, which provides recreation and park professionals the opportunity to discuss areas of common interest. The conference awards program honors individuals, departments, and organizations across Virginia who have demonstrated excellence in several areas over the past year. Judged by a jury composed of its peers, the PRCS received the prize for the best new special event in the category population of over 200,000 people. The event was a three-part anti-racist performance series titled “You’re So Articulate”. The Arts Center created the three-part series – “One Nation”, “The Band-Aid” and “Caste Away” – in partnership with actor, spoken word poet and Emmy Award-winning producer Mike Ellison. The event, designed to inform, challenge and create a conversation about anti-racism, included a multimedia presentation, live performances and a panel discussion. Panelists from the Loudoun community, including the Mayor of Purcellville, a retired black history teacher, a young black business owner and members of the local Black Historical Society, shared their unique personal and professional experiences and answered questions from the audience. The performances were offered on a pay-as-you-can basis to encourage attendance and remove cost as a barrier. Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time of the event, the audience was limited to 50. “I couldn’t be more proud of the staff at the Art Center who overcame the challenges of the pandemic and others. to bring this important and timely event to the Loudoun community, ”said SCRP Director Steve Torpy. For more information on PRCS programs and events, visit Loudoun.gov/prcs. For more information on VRPS, visit vrps.com. ### Sign up to receive SMS and email alerts on PRCS news and events. Follow @loudounprcs on Facebook and other social media.