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Elizabeth Bracey
Managing Director of Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center

Elizabeth Bracey is a life-long supporter of the Arts and has lived and worked in Loudoun County most of her life. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center in Loudoun County, Virginia. Loudoun’s premier cultural venue hosts performances in theater, dance, music, comedy as well as planetarium programming and family special events. The Arts Center also has a visual arts gallery and hosted the first curated exhibition of Bob Ross original paintings on the East Coast. This 2019 exhibit, titled Happy Accidents, welcomed more than 15,000 people in 30 days and was profiled in more than 50 media stories in print, digital, radio and national and international television.

Ms. Bracey is passionate about creating community and sees the Arts as an equalizer, a way to bring people together across all demographics. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she has served in local government for the past 25 years, building community connections with the visual and performing arts. In 2021, she was awarded the Leadership in the Arts Award by the Purcellville Town Council in recognition for her work.

She has been a long-time volunteer with Very Special Arts, an international nonprofit organization that offers visual & performing arts opportunities for people with disabilities. She is a member of the Western Loudoun Art & Studio Tour planning committee, hosting a 3-day self-guided tour of art venues and private studios now in its 15th year. She is also the staff liaison to the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee. Arts Center programming has been recognized by Virginia Recreation & Parks Society in 2017 & 2020 (Most Innovative Marketing Piece) and in 2021 (Best New Special Event) for the 4-part anti-racism series entitled You’re So Articulate. She has presented a webinar for the national organization Arts Reach on Livestreaming for Small Venues (2021).
Elizabeth Bracey