August 2019 Update

Basic RGBDear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

There have been lots of exciting developments for Embracing Arlington Arts that we want to report to our arts supporters, as well as several important announcements. Read on for more details.

“Meet and Greet” with County Board Member Katie Cristol and Arts Community:

We are excited to announce that Embracing Arlington Arts is hosting a “Meet and Greet” between County Board Member Katie Cristol and members of the arts community. It is being held on Monday, September 16 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Many thanks for New District Brewing Company for providing the venue for this event. For all the details, click here. Also if you plan to come, please RSVP to so we can set up the room accordingly.

It’s Official – We Have a Podcast:

On August 13th, we are launching the “Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” weekly podcast. While the show will still air on WERA (96.7FM) on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm, we are very excited about presenting the show as a Podcast as well. New shows will be published each Tuesday afternoon with guests representing all facets of the arts and culture scene in the D.C. region. We are honored to announce that our guest for this launch is Arlington County Board Member Erik Gutshall.

Of course, the success of our Podcast depends on listeners subscribing to the show. Therefore, we are asking all of our readers who want to be “in the know” about all the “drama” in D.C. to sign up through their favorite platform – iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast. Also here is an Advertisement we have been circulating. Please distribute this to your own networks. The more subscribers we have will allow us to spread the word more quickly about this show, and therefore to help bring more visibility to the arts. A large subscriber list will also attract more sponsors to support the Podcast.

We welcome comments about the program itself, as well as recommendations for future guests. Email with your suggestions.

New Feature on the Embracing Arlington Arts Website:

We have added a new feature to our website to highlight our 2019/2020 corporate sponsors. Certainly, we could not accomplish any of the critical initiatives we pursue to help our artists and art organizations raise their visibility and market their events without the generous support of these corporate sponsors!

Corporate Sponsor of the Month:

Our corporate sponsor of the month is CSR Communications which helps organizations adapt to or create change through strategy development, implementation planning, board development, re-branding and internal communication. They work with leaders and organizations facing a significant transition or transformation, such as increased or different competition; shrinking or expanding resources; and a desire for significant growth.

Media Hits/Community Posts:

Arlington Magazine published an in-depth article about the state of the arts in Arlington, featuring many arts organizations, artists and the work Embracing Arlington Arts did to fight the budget cuts, as well as our continued efforts to advocate and make the arts more visible and vibrant in the County.

ArlNow published a column written by Embracing Arlington Arts about the many, many benefits of the arts in Arlington.

Speaking of ArlNow, we are so happy to report that two generous underwriters will sponsor the renewed subscription Embracing Arlington Arts has to allow Arlington arts organizations to submit one Community Post per year for free. This is a wonderful opportunity for these organizations to reach the over 400,000 online readers of ArlNow.

Many, many thanks to the Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, as well as Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney for allowing us to renew this subscription!

Most recently, Signature Theatre was able to take advantage of this subscription by publishing a column highlighting their upcoming Open House being held on  August 18.

Radio Show on WERA 96.7FM:

Multifaceted describes our guests during July. First, we learned about The Welders – a DC-based playwrights’ collective from writer Rachel Hynes, who also told us about the premiere of the play she wrote entitled “Lady M.”  Next we chatted with the new Artistic Director of Synetic Theater Jason Najjoum who told us about their production of “Treasure Island,” as well as a sneak peek at their upcoming season. We rounded out the month finding out about the National Performing Acts Funding Exchange (NPAFE) from the group’s founder Cliff Brody.

To listen to these interviews, or any others in the past, follow this link.

2019/2020 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

August 2019

7/17-8/18  –   Treasure Island, Synetic Theater

8/2             –   Reception “Fire, Earth, Water, Air”, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

8/2             –   Smorgasbord, Educational Theatre Company, Trinity Presbyterian Church

8/6             –   Mouse in House, Jane Franklin Dance, Shirlington/Columbia Pike libraries

8/8             –   Complete Dogness, Jane Franklin Dance, Central/Aurora Hills libraries

8/9             –   Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

8/11-9/29  –   Assassins, Signature Theatre

8/16           –   Musical Revue Cabaret, Educational Theatre Company, Williamsburg MS

8/20-8/24  –   The British Invasion, Cabaret Series, Signature Theatre

September 2019

9/6             –   Opening Reception, Cody Gallery, Marymount University

9/7             –   Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

9/13           –   Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

9/14-9/29  –   Beauty and the Beast, Arlington Players, Thomas Jefferson Comm. Theatre

9/16           –   Meet and Greet with County Board Member Katie Cristol, New District Brewing Co.

9/21           –   Multi-Cultural Street Festival, Prio Bangla, 880 S. Walter Reed Drive

9/21           –   Regional Biennial, Opening Reception, Arlington Arts Center

9/21-10/20-   Transitional Objects, Artwork from Summer Camps, Arlington Arts Center

9/21-12/14-   Marissa Long Solo Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center

9/21-12/14-   Regional Biennial Exhibit, Arlington Arts Center

9/24-11/3  –   Escaped Alone, Signature Theatre

9/25-10/20-   The Tempest, Synetic Theater

9/27           –   AVAST Launch Party, Cody Gallery, Marymount University

9/28-9/29  –   Arlington Visual Arts Studio Tour, info at

9/29           –   Valley Fest Street Festival, 2709 South Oakland Street

9/30           –   Play Reading, SigWorks, Signature Theatre

October 2019

10/4           –   Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

10/11-10/20- Frozen, Jr., Encore Stage & Studio, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre

10/11         –   Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

10/19         –   Mozart Collection, National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston Arts Center

10/29-1/5  –   A Chorus Line, Signature Theatre

To view the entire 2019-2020 Calendar of Events, click here.

If you would like to support the work Embracing Arlington Arts by making a donation, here’s how:
*  Make tax-deductible contributions online.
*  Tax-deductible contributions by check: check made out to Embracing Arlington Arts and sent to Embracing Arlington Arts, 754 North Vermont Street, Arlington, VA 22203





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