February 2020 Update


Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

We have lots to report this month – much of it exciting news for our organization and the arts in Arlington. Read on for all the scoop.

2020 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

February 2020

1/18-3/28            –              Action Exhibit, Arlington Arts Center

1/18-3/28            –              Jung Min Park Solo Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center

1/28-2/23            –              Gun & Powder, Signature Theatre

1/31-2/15            –              Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Dominion Stage, Gunston II

1/31-2/29            –              Naomi Chung Paintings, Barry Gallery, Marymount University

2/1                        –              Action, Opening Reception, Arlington Arts Center

2/1                        –              Border, Jane Franklin Dance Company, Theatre on the Run

2/1                        –              Dance Art Theater, Jane Franklin Dance Co., Theatre on the Run

2/1-2/16              –              A Daughter’s a Daughter, The Arlington Players, Thomas Jefferson

2/5-3/1                –              Phantom of the Opera, Synetic Theater

2/7                        –              Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

2/8                        –              NextReflex Dance Collective, Jane Franklin Dance Company, Theatre on the Run

2/8                        –              Border, Jane Franklin Dance Company, Theatre on the Run

2/9                        –              Swingin’ Sweethearts Day, National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston Arts Center

2/18-3/29            –              Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes, Signature Theatre

2/28-3/8              –              The Three Musketeers, Encore Stage & Studio, Thomas Jefferson Comm. Theatre

2/29                      –              Move Me Festival, Bowen McCauley Dance, Kenmore MS

March 2020

3/6                        –              Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

3/6-4/4                –              Interior Design Faculty Exhibition, Barry Gallery, Marymount

3/20                      –              Interior Design Faculty Exhibition Reception, Barry Gallery, Marymount University

3/16                      –              The Story of Walter, SigWorks, Signature Theatre

3/21                      –              The Remarkable Four Seasons of Vivaldi, National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston Arts Center

3/24-4/19            –              Camille Claudel, Signature Theatre

April 2020

4/3                        –              Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

4/8-5/3                –              Juried Student Exhibition, Barry Gallery, Marymount University

4/11                      –              Spring SOLOS 2020, Opening Reception, Arlington Arts Center

4/11-6/6              –              Spring SOLOS 2020, Arlington Arts Center

4/11-6/6              –              Ryan McCoy Solo Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center

4/11-6/6              –              H-B Woodlawn Student Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center

4/14-5/24            –              Nijinsky’s Last Dance, Signature Theatre

4/17                      –              Juried Student Exhibition Reception, Barry Gallery, Marymount

4/18-5/3              –              Spamalot, Arlington Players, Thomas Jefferson MS

4/22-5/17            –              Life Is a Dream, Synetic Theater

4/24-5/9              –              Hand to God, Dominion Stage, Gunston II

4/25                      –              Family Friendly Performance, Jane Franklin Dance Company, Theatre on the Run

4/25                      –              Going Polar, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

4/25                      –              Forty+, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

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

Nora Roberts Foundation Grant:

Less than a year after our application for non-profit status was approved, we are very excited to announce that Embracing Arlington Arts was awarded its first grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation. Funding is earmarked for marketing and advertising initiatives for our inaugural arts education podcast series – “Artistic Directors STEAM AHEAD.” Our goal is to get all five podcast interviews in the hands of high school students interested in an arts management degree, teachers, professors and any others who want to learn more about this career.

Interviews were conducted with the Artistic Directors of the five biggest and most successful theaters in the DC region – Maria Manuela Goyanes, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Eric Schaeffer, Signature Theatre; Molly Smith, Arena Stage; Ryan Rilette, Round House Theatre; and Chil Kong, Adventure Theatre. Together they have over 120 years of experience in their industry and have had stellar careers and experiences while working their way up the ladder. They will be asked not only about their careers, but also some of the challenges they have faced as Artistic Directors and the hard-hitting question of whether they recommend a career in performing arts or arts management.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month:

Our corporate sponsor of the month is Realtor Natalie Roy, Bicycling Realty. As a longtime member of the Arlington community, Natalie specializes in Arlington, particularly the neighborhoods of Lyon Park & Ashton Heights, and the Ballston/Clarendon/Rosslyn Orange Line corridor. In addition to VA, she is also licensed in MD and DC. As a biking enthusiast, Natalie offers a unique service – bicycling house hunting. If biking is not an option, she is happy to help you house hunt by car, foot or metro too.

“Embracing Arlington Arts Talks“ Podcast:

Speaking of the Artistic Director series, we aired another segment in January – this one featuring Eric Schaeffer from Signature Theatre. He talked about his journey of opening Arlington’s gem of a theater after first performing at Gunston middle school, followed by the “garage” and finally landing in Shirlington. He also talked about what it takes to succeed in the arts management world, and much more.

This was followed by a very interesting interview with the Founding Artistic Director of Urban Arias Rob Wood. He told our listeners about their production of “Glory Denied,” as well as the fascinating true story the opera was based on.

We next welcomed back to the show Jane Franklin, Founding Artistic Director of Jane Franklin Dance who caught us up on the very busy production schedule the company has coming up, as well as some new and exciting initiatives she is working on. Rounding out the month was an interview with The Arlington Players’ Actor Mel Gumina and Director Ashley Amidon who talked about their production of Agatha Christie’s “A Daughter’s a Daughter.” Find out the inside scoop about this play and why it took so long for it to get on stage.

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

Media Hits:

As a member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Embracing Arlington Arts’ President submitted a blog for posting on the Chamber’s website and in their newsletter. The submission focused on the positive economic impact the arts have in Arlington. To read the blog, follow this link.

Arlington arts organizations continued taking advantage of our Community Post subscription. Specifically, the Cody Gallery at Marymount University published a column about their exhibition featuring the work of local artist Jennie Lea Knight. The Arlington Players wrote one about their current production of Agatha Christie’s “A Daughter’s a Daughter.” Finally, Bowen McCauley Dance promoted their annual “Move Me” festival with this column.

County Board Democratic Candidate Debate on the Arts in Arlington:

Mark your calendars and RSVP to janetk@embracing-arlington-arts.org for the April 6th County Board Democratic Candidate Debate on the Arts in Arlington being held at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City. Hear from the two Democratic County Board candidates – Libby Garvey and Chanda Choun – about how they would help retain and invigorate the arts and culture industry in Arlington.  (NOTE: Registration to enter the County Board race as a Democrat closes on March 26. If additional Democratic candidates enter, they will be added to the program.) For all the details, follow this link.


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