Program Manager for Reston Home Remodeling Firm, Synergy Design & Construction, named GRACE’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year

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Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) recognizes Nicola Shelley for her unparalleled volunteer efforts in the Reston arts community.

Nicola Shelley and her twin daughters at GRACE event

Nicola Shelley and her twin daughters with GRACE Education and Gallery Manager, Sarah Sadler

At a time when many school arts programs have been cut, it is especially important to bring art history into the classroom

Nicola Shelley was recently honored as Volunteer of the Year at the annual Greater Reston Arts Center Board Chair Dinner on Friday, November 3rd at Tavern 64 in Reston. The dinner was attended by GRACE board members, supporters at the $5,000+ level and other community members. In its second year, GRACE's Volunteer of the Year award recognizes a volunteer who commits an extraordinary amount of personal time and resources in support of programming at the Greater Reston Arts Center.

"The GRACE Art program holds a special place in my heart” said Nicola Shelley, “ At a time when many school arts programs have been cut, it is especially important to bring art history into the classroom and make art accessible to all children. GRACE Art allows elementary school children to make connections to the world around them as well as allowing for teachable moments regarding diversity, perseverance and uniqueness.

GRACE Art is the signature art education program of the Greater Reston Arts Center. Established in 1976 to supplement and support students’ art experience in the schools, today the program serves over 20,000 students in 40 public and private elementary schools in the region.

As 2017 Finalists for the Best of Reston Community Service Award Synergy Design & Construction understands the impact their efforts can have on others. They encourage all of their employees to get involved in causes that matter to them, and Nicola Shelley has been a leader in championing those efforts.

“We are very proud of Nicola’s tireless dedication to making a difference for others.” said Mina Fies, CEO of Synergy Design & Construction. “The impact of her efforts go far beyond the reaches of GRACE and echo throughout the Greater Reston community as a whole.”

About Synergy Design & Construction

Synergy Design & Construction is an award-winning design/build home remodeling firm based in Reston, Virginia. Launched at the height of the 2008 recession, their against-all-odds success story has garnered both local and national recognition, several Master Design and Contractor of the Year awards and features on NPR and HGTV. Their commitment to innovative strategies for remodeling success includes the development of a proprietary homeowner interactive educational platform and project management system called the Renovation Roadmap™.

About The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)

The Greater Reston Arts Center is dedicated to enriching community life by promoting involvement and excellence in contemporary art. Its gallery showcases exceptional emerging and established artists from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond; its GRACE Art and Summer Camp programs deliver art enrichment experiences to over 20,000 students; and its annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is among the top such events in the country. The Greater Reston Arts Center is always free and open to the public.

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