January 2022 Update


Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

Happy New Year! We are ready for 2022 and to continue our mission to advance the vibrancy and health of the arts and culture through advocacy and awareness programs, outreach initiatives and projects that enhance equitable access to the arts and cultural environment. We want to thank our many donors and corporate sponsors over the years without whose support we could not have accomplished everything that we have. For 2022, we have many new initiatives that we will be working on to proactively help this still struggling industry due to toe COVID pandemic. Several have already begun and we are asking for our readers’ assistance in filling out a short survey about the performing arts and a possible performing arts venue in Arlington. Read on for all the details.

2022 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

Calendar of Live Events (Subject to Change)

January – March

11/2-1/9/2022 – “Rent,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.

11/17-1/12/2022 – Mary, Mary,” Local artists’ portraits of Mary, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Info here.

1/3-1/28 – “New Ideas” Gallery Underground, Info here.

1/3-2/28 – “Lighting Our Community with Art” Gallery Underground, at Dominion Electric Supply, Info here.

1/8 – Opening Reception, “Paintings and Drawings” by Artist Rafat Mossadeghi, Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, Info here.

1/8-2/20 – “Paintings and Drawings” by Artist Rafat Mossadeghi, Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, Info here.

1/27-2/20 – “World Builders,” Prologue Theatre, Info and tickets here.

2/1-3/20 – “Daphne’s Dive,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.

2/1-2/25 – “Changing Perspectives” National Juried show, Gallery Underground, Info here.

2/12 – “Beguiling Brahms and Schumann,” National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston Arts Center, Info and Tickets here.

2/14 – “Date Night Concert,” Arlington Chorale, Westover Baptist Church, Info here.

2/18 – 9th Street Quartet in Concert, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Info here.

2/21-3/13 – “The Servant of Two Masters,” Synetic Theater, Tickets here.

2/23 – 9th Street Quartet in Concert, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Info here.

3/1-4/24 – “She Loves Me,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.

3/3-3/26 – “Ada and the Engine,” Avant Bard Theatre Company, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.

3/19 – “Beloved Baroque  Masters,” National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston Arts Center, Info and Tickets here.

3/19 – “Through Troubled Times Concert,” Arlington Chorale, Westover Baptist Church, Info here.

3/25-4/10 – “The Tarot Reading,” The Arcanists, Theatre on the Run, Info here.

To view the entire calendar, click here.

Short Survey About the Performing Arts and a Possible Venue

As we reported in the December Update, Amazon has generously provided funding for us to hire a consultant to draft a business plan for a flexible and quality performing arts venue in Arlington. Much progress has been made already, but we want to include some community and patron feedback about their theater-going habits, interest in a performing arts venue in Arlington, and more. The survey should only take about 3-4 minutes, but your responses are critical to our plan. Please complete the short survey at this link by January 30, 2022 so that your responses can be aggregated with all the rest. Thank you in advance for your help.

Embracing Arlington Arts Releases 2021 Annual Report of Successes

2021 was a very hard year for the arts and culture industry in Arlington and the DC region due to continued presence of the COVID virus. These uncertain times made our work and initiatives even more critical to assist the industry reopen and start to recover. Through the support of our donors and corporate sponsors, the Embracing Arlington Arts Board of Directors and volunteers were able to accomplish much during 2021. Click here to read our “2021 Annual Report of Successes.”

New Arts Grant Fund Launched at the Arlington Community Foundation

The Arlington Community Foundation, along with some individual donors, are launching a new Arts Grant Fund for the Arts in Arlington. Acknowledging that the arts cannot survive without diverse sources of fiscal support and that reliance on earned income and government support is not enough, this fund is being established to be one consistent, resilient funding resource for years to come. For more information about this fund and how you can contribute, watch this video or read their brochure.

2022 Corporate Sponsors Acknowledgement
We will continue our monthly acknowledgements of a corporate sponsor in future Updates, but we want to use this first 2022 issue to send out a big THANK YOU to all our 2022 corporate sponsors – many of whom have supported our organization from its inception. If you are interested in joining this list and being a 2022 Corporate Sponsor, it is not too late! Check out our Sponsorship-packages and ways we help your organization’s marketing efforts.

Collector Level

Amazon whose mission is to be earth’s most customer-centric company.

Curator Level

JBG SMITH owns, operates, invests in, and develops a dynamic portfolio of mixed-use properties in high growth and high barrier-to-entry submarkets in and around DC.

Fred Schnider Investment Group is a real estate investment firm, and the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, located in Ballston’s Liberty Center, which showcases the work of local artists.

Artist Level

HGA is a national multi-disciplinary design firm rooted in architecture and engineering.

Apprentice Level

Ballston BID represents Ballston, a 25-block neighborhood of commercial and residential properties known as an epicenter for scientific research and discovery.

Natalie Roy, Bicycling Realty, a Division of Keller Williams Realty specializes in Arlington, particularly the neighborhoods of Lyon Park & Ashton Heights, and the Orange Line corridor.

Mindcubed is an SBA 8(a) certified information technology software and services company headquartered in the DC area.

“Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” Podcast:
The “Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” podcast took a rest during the month of December after 4 years of airing weekly radio and then podcast shows starting in 2019. You can still listen to these hundreds of shows at this link.

We have some really interesting guests scheduled already for 2022 so if you have not already done so, please follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, GooglePodcast, and now Amazon Music so you don’t miss any episodes.

Media Hits:
ArlNow published a column we submitted sending acknowledgement and thanks out to our 2022 corporate sponsors.

Encore Stage & Studio published a Community Post column under the Embracing Arlington Arts annual underwritten subscription about their upcoming 2022 season and other events coming up.

If you would like to support the work of 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 send it to Embracing Arlington Arts, 754 North Vermont Street, Arlington, VA 22203
*  Make Embracing Arlington Arts your AmazonSmile charity and shop with this link.

Every dollar helps us help artists and arts organizations in so many ways.

Thank you in advance!

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