Arts Organizations Headquartered in Arlington

CHILDRENS’ THEATER

Educational Theatre Company (www.educationaltheatrecompany.org)
The Educational Theatre Company is a group of professional theater artists who seek to change the world by helping to unlock the creative and collaborative potential of children through school and community based programs.

Encore Stage and Studio (www.encorestage.org)
Encore Stage and Studio provides children and youth in Arlington with high-quality theatrical performance and educational opportunities. Our mission is to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience.

DANCE

Bowen McCauley Dance (www.bmdc.org)
Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) is an Arlington-based contemporary dance company founded in 1996 by Lucy Bowen McCauley. BMD’s mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the community by making contemporary dance accessible to all through our performance and outreach activities. Celebrating 20 years of meaningful and well-managed service to the northern Virginia community, BMD continues to operate under a simple yet powerful concept: that dance is for everyone regardless of age or ability.

Festival Argentino (www.festivalargentinousa.com)
Each year, our partnerships have grown and strengthened, helping us to enhance and improve each year’s production, adding more local performers and bringing in well-known artists from around the United States and Argentina. Our community festival features classic Argentinean performances of folklore, tango, pop, and rock, in addition to displays and booths, which feature other aspects of Argentine cultural traditions.

Jane Franklin Dance (www.janefranklin.com)
Jane Franklin Dance celebrates movement and makes dance accessible to a wide range of audiences through public performances, community engagement, dance education and collaborations with artists from other disciplines.

Los Quetzales (https://www.facebook.com/QUETZALES.Arlington.Virginia/)

The Mission of the Company is to Preserve, Promote and Present Mexican Folkloric Culture and Traditions, Through Music, Arts and Dance.

Old Dominion Cloggers (https://www.facebook.com/OldDominionCloggers/)

Old Dominion Cloggers mission is to preserve and promote clogging, a traditional American percussive step dance form having its roots in British Isle and African American dance and tap, through giving exhibitions, offering classes to the public, and attending national conventions and workshops.

Prio Bangla (www.priobangla.org)
Prio Bangla’s mission of Cultural Exchange is simply the trading and transferring of ideas, customs, beliefs, etc. between cultures. An exchange of students, artists, athletes, etc., between two countries to promote mutual understanding.

MUSIC

Arlington Chorale (https://www.arlingtonchorale.org/)

The Chorale is a mixed-voice chorus composed of members from Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. Members are a mix of young professionals, older professionals, retirees, and everyone in between! They perform varied repertoire of smaller pieces and larger works for chorus and orchestra. Each season, the Chorale is honored to be part of the onstage chorus for the Messiah Sing-a-long at the Kennedy Center. Established in 1966, they have a long history of performing in special events, such as singing the national anthem at the MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park, singing masterworks with the NIH Philharmonia including Brahms’ Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and community events like the 40th anniversary of Arlington Thrive and caroling for the Lee Highway Alliance Winter Festival of Lights.

Arlington Concert Band (https://arlingtonconcertband.org/)

The Arlington Concert Band is a wind ensemble made up of more than 50 professional music educators and dedicated, talented amateur musicians.  We perform regularly throughout the community and play an assortment of music including marches, show tunes, and classical arrangements. The ACB is made up of musicians from a variety of backgrounds—from lawyers to IT professionals to retirees—but we are all united around the ACB’s mission.

Arlington Philharmonic Association (www.arlingtonphilharmonic.org)
The mission of the Arlington Philharmonic Association is to build a first-class symphony orchestra in Arlington, to make classical music accessible to every Arlington resident, to promote the value of classical music in our civic life, and to build strong, creative partnerships with schools, local government, businesses, and other organizations.

Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus (http://www.harmonize.com/arlingtones/aboutus.html)
The Arlington, Virginia, Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society: Provides an opportunity for men to come together and experience the joy of harmonizing in the barbershop style. Embraces and performs a cappella music, with the barbershop harmony art form as its primary focus. Offers weekly chapter meetings that are well planned, musically satisfying, and fun. Enriches and energizes each member through fellowship, fun, and the joy of singing.

GoGo Symphony (https://gogosymphony.com)

The critically acclaimed GoGo Symphony is an orchestra you can dance to. It celebrates go-go music, a sub-genre of funk that is the official music of Washington DC, with the musical expression of a classical symphony to create thunderous, percussive atmosphere. It can be performed in collaboration with a full classical symphonic ensemble, or as a more compact ensemble. It has sold out shows and received much media attention and critical acclaim.

MusicLink Foundation (https://www.musiclinkfoundation.org/)

The MusicLink Foundation is a non-profit organization that links promising students in need with professional music teachers who volunteer to teach on partial to full scholarship for as long as these students wish to learn. The MusicLink Foundation assists in the purchase and repair of instruments, moving costs for donated pianos, camp scholarships for our students, and coordination and expansion of programs into new communities across the country. Foundation funding relies on contributions from the public, in-kind instrument donations from business partners and grants.

(The) National Chamber Ensemble, Inc. (www.nationalchamberensemble.org)
The Mission of the National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) is to entertain, as well as to provide opportunities to appreciate and enjoy the art of chamber music by bringing together performers, audiences and composers. The NCE produces high-quality chamber music performances for the general public at a reasonable cost. Through our performances and commissions of original musical works, we present a full range of chamber music repertoire from the classics to the contemporary. The most important goal of the NCE is to build a sense of closeness between performers and audience that enhances the feeling of community and a deeper musical experience.

Potomac Harmony Chorus (www.potomacharmony.org)
Potomac Harmony Chorus teaches the uniquely American art form of four-part harmony-known as barbershop harmony-to women; to encourage continued improvement in the craft through education and competition; and shares our appreciation for barbershop harmony with the general public.

Washington Balalaika Society (www.balalaika.org)
The Washington Balalaika Society (WBS) is a community based-orchestra of 55 musicians organized to preserve and perform the rich musical heritage of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern European countries on traditional instruments and in costume. WBS is the largest Russian folk orchestra in North America and our goal is to expand awareness and appreciation of this musical genre by performing for a broad range of audiences in a variety of venues.

OPERA

Opera NOVA (http://www.operanova.org/)
The mission of Opera NOVA is to promote, foster, sponsor, educate, and develop the understanding, taste and love of opera and its constituent arts throughout our diverse community and across generations.

UrbanArias, Inc. (www.urbanarias.org)
UrbanArias is an opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas. Everything we produce is 90 minutes in length or shorter; everything we produce was written within the last 40 years. Our mission is to expose Northern Virginia and DC-area audiences to engaging, accessible, entertaining operas, to provide a professional venue at which both established and emerging composers can present their shorter works, and to commission dynamic, engaging new pieces that fit our parameters. In essence we aim to demystify opera and serious music for those who find it too intimidating, and reveal it for the compelling art form that it is.

THEATER

(The) Arcanists (www.thearcanists.org)
The Arcanists produce live entertainment that tells true, honest stories, bonding artists and audiences together in a safe artistic environment. We create recurring performance series, rather than singular productions, through which interdisciplinary artists form relationships with audiences over time. Our shows feature interactive participation, where audiences are invited to engage and influence an artist’s story, creating a new true story together. We use iterative production models to refine our artistic processes and quality with each production.  

(The) Arlington Players (www.thearlingtonplayers.org)
The Arlington Players is a nonprofit volunteer theater company. Our mission is to produce artistically challenging theater in the grand style, cultivating an environment of artistic excellence and education for artists, audiences and the community of Arlington County, Virginia, by providing opportunities to advance knowledge, skills and participation in the theater arts.

Avant Bard Theatre (www.avantbard.org)
Founded in 1990 as Washington Shakespeare Company of Arlington County, WSC Avant Bard is a performing arts organization dedicated to producing classic works, both time-tested and contemporary, emphasizing a provocative, bold approach in an intimate setting, and showcasing the best emerging talent in the region mentored by seasoned, professional theatre artists. Avant Bard’s mission is expressed through its commitment to artistic excellence, collaboration, talent development, and educational and social outreach. Avant Bard strives to ensure that all people can attend performances by keeping basic ticket prices at a modest level and regularly offering more Pay What You Will performances than any other area company.

Dominion Stage (http://dominionstage.org/)
Dominion Stage enriches the local Arts community by expressing, through live theatrical productions, the different stories of contemporary, traditional and unique subject matter in our community. Dominion Stage provides a place for new and continuing education and personal development for participants on the stage, in technical roles, and as support and leaders/administrators behind the scenes.

Monumental Theatre Company (https://www.monumentaltheatre.org/)
Monumental Theatre  Company was founded in 2015 by Beth Amann, Jimmy Mavrikes, and Michael Windsor. With the support of individual donors who shared their vision, they were able to begin producing shows in March 2015. Monumental has become a place for young artists to develop their talents from writing to acting and beyond. In 2018, they received the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the Helen Hayes Awards. 

Prologue Theatre (https://www.prologuetheatre.org/)
Prologue Theatre understands that it can be difficult, at times, to begin conversations about “certain topics” and focuses on presenting theatre that can serve as that starting point. Through theatrical performance, coupled with community discussion, we strive to challenge our community to examine and discuss their views of the world and those around them. Our focus is on those who are in the process of finding their own voice – whether 15 or 115 years old – and are looking for a place where they can hone those viewpoints by examining world issues within (and with) their community. Dominion Stage enriches the local Arts community by expressing, through live theatrical productions, the

Signature Theatre, Inc. (www.sigtheatre.org)
Signature Theatre is a Tony Award®-winning, non-profit professional theater company with a mission to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals, develop new work, and reach its community through engaging educational and outreach opportunities.

Synetic Theater (www.synetictheater.org)
Synetic Theater advances and enriches the theater arts in the Nation’s Capital through its unique performance style, which fuses the classical elements of drama, movement, dance, mime, and music into a distinct form of non-realistic theatre.

VISUAL ARTS

Arlington Arts Center (AAC) (www.arlingtonartscenter.org)
The AAC is a private, nonprofit contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work by artists in the Mid-Atlantic States. Through educational programs, exhibitions, and subsidized studio spaces, the AAC serves as a bridge between artists and the public. The goal is to increase awareness and appreciation of, and involvement in, contemporary art in Arlington County, VA and the greater metropolitan area.

Arlington Artists Alliance (www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org)
The Arlington Artists Alliance is a vital, energetic, creative force for visual art in Arlington County. We serve our community by engendering deeper cultural experience and expression. The Alliance is open to all local artists who live, work or have studios in Arlington and want to display their work. We encourage and support professional and emerging artists and artist colleagues who find the creative process rejuvenating and who seek to deepen their artistic excellence.

Barry Gallery (https://marymount.edu/academics/college-of-business-innovation-leadership-and-technology/school-of-design-and-art/the-barry-gallery/

Barry Gallery is a contemporary art space created as a platform to support the arts and strengthen the arts community at Marymount University and the greater Washington DC area. Exhibitions present work by local, regional and international artists in order to provide groundbreaking and thought-provoking work for the community to experience. Events, including artist talks and lectures, are available for students at Marymount University and the general public at large.

Cody Gallery (https://marymount.edu/academics/college-of-business-innovation-leadership-and-technology/school-of-design-and-art/cody-gallery/)

Cody Gallery is a contemporary art space created as a platform to support the arts and strengthen the arts community at Marymount University and the greater Washington DC area. Exhibitions present work by local, regional and international artists in order to provide groundbreaking and thought-provoking work for the community to experience. Events, including artist talks and lectures, are available for students at Marymount University and the general public at large.

Fred Schnider Gallery of Art (https://www.fredschnidergalleryofart.com/)

The mission of the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art is to bring together artists of all mediums and styles to showcase their work to Arlington, Virginia and its surrounding communities. We celebrate the unique connection that art can create among friends and strangers alike.

Study Japanese Arlington (www.sjastudy.org)
SJA offers origami workshops periodically for young learners and grown-ups alike interested in learning origami paper folding, an art form and one of the oldest parts of Japanese culture. We strive to provide easy-to-follow instructions to create simple yet adorable models anyone can enjoy. Our instructors are trained and certified under the Taro’s Origami Studio Artist Basic Certification Course.

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