Historic Old Town Manassas became a focus for arts April 26 – 28 with One Love, a three-day multi-media art festival celebrating life and the area’s diverse artistic community. This 2nd annual event from the city and Historic Manassas, Inc., featured a wide spectrum of arts from film and photography, to visual arts, performing arts, writing, music and a 3D music and light interactive experience.

“It’s a celebration of life with the arts,” said Rebekah Raze, an event coordinator for Historic Manassas. The three-day event kicked off with a film festival Friday evening, juried arts exhibits Saturday and performances on multiple stages.

Vendors sold their own craft arts, and the festival also provided space for select nonprofits promoting suicide prevention or mental health awareness. “It’s really about, coming together as a community so that everyone coming here would know they’re not alone,” Raze said.

One of the popular weekend destinations was the “Battle of the Artists” stretching down Battle Street, appropriately. Young and old enjoyed creating chalk art down the middle of the street. Todd Sprow, who teaches art at Manassas Park Community Center, spent Saturday morning sprawled across a stool creating a mural on the asphalt, and was delighted to support the event’s goals. “God gives me art talent so I can spread messages to help make the world a better place,” he said.

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