July 2021 Update


Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

We hope that everyone had a nice and relaxing Fourth of July holiday weekend. Hope your summers are going well so far and that you have been able to meet with friends and families in person! The arts organizations in Arlington and the DC region are beginning and continuing to reopen – read on for more details.  

2021 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

Calendar of Live Events (Subject to Change)

July – September

7/1-7/31 – “Hot” Exhibition, Gallery Underground

7/5-9/30 – “Women at Work,” Exhibition by Ronni Jolles, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (1132 N. Ivanhoe St.)

7/11 – “Voyager’s Compass,” Encore Stage and Studio, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

7/16 – “Gospel at Colonus Concert,” Avant Bard Theatre Company, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

7/23 – Listening Party reading of “Sheepdog,” Prologue Theatre, Info here.

7/25 – “Big Bad Musical,” Encore Stage and Studio, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

7/30 – Listening Party reading of “The House of the Negro Insane,” Prologue Theatre, Info here.

8/6 – Opening Reception, Gallery Underground

8/6-8/21 – “The Bluest Eye,” Dominion Stage, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.

8/14 – Summer Concert, National Chamber Ensemble, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

9/14 – “Finale Performance,” Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Info here.

9/26 – Artist Talk about exhibit “Women at Work,” Ronni Jolles, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (1132 N. Ivanhoe St.)

Calendar of Arlington Arts Organization Online Productions/Events

11/1-7/20 – “Dance for PD,” Bowen McCauley Dance Company, (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), Sign up at dance@bmdc.org.

4/30-10/31 – “dwb (Driving While Black)”, UrbanArias, Info here.

6/13-8/4 – “After Midnight,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.

To view the entire calendar, as well as the continuously streaming events, click here.

Patronize Arlington Arts Events:

As most of our readers know, the arts and culture industry has been one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic and shutdown. Having no major earned revenue over the last 15 months has severely impacted their budgets, staffs and operations. Now that venues are starting to open up even further, receptions and live performances beginning again, and galleries fully reopening, we are asking our many supporters to please patronize, attend, purchase tickets and even donate if you can to these important organizations that do so much for our community and greatly helped us stay sane during these last 15 months.

Follow this link to the list of Arlington arts organizations to find out more about their missions, performances, education workshops and much more. Thank you for helping the arts and culture industry thrive in Arlington.  

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

Our corporate sponsor of the month is the architectural firm HGA. This firm is a national multi-disciplinary design firm that stresses that the best design results from deep insight into the people and passions that animate each unique environment. More than 850 people in 10 offices from coast to coast work to make a positive, lasting impact for clients in healthcare, arts and culture, community, corporate, education, government and energy markets. They also have special expertise in theater and museum design, and they are currently working on the Capital One Tysons Corner Performing Arts Complex.  To learn more about their architectural projects, check out their website.

“Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” Podcast:
Our June podcast guests were picked from all genres of the art world. We began the month featuring Liza Figueroa Kravinsky who founded and manages the Go-Go Symphony ensemble talked about the Go-Go music genre, her collaboration with well-known musicians and her original compositions. Next we welcomed back to the show Arlington actor Regina Aquino who caught us up to date on what she has been doing during the pandemic, her plans for the future and all the details on her one-person show at Roundhouse “We’re Gonna Die.”

We also welcomed back to the show the Executive Director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) Kim Klingler who gave us all the details about the hybrid Blues Festival, as well as other outdoor events being planned throughout the summer. Next we shifted to the visual arts front and chatted with the new Executive Director of the Arlington Arts Center Catie Anchin who told us about their exciting current exhibitions and events coming later this fall.

We were very excited to next interview Dr. Thalia Goldstein, Applied Developmental Psychology Department at George Mason University as part of our upcoming third Education Podcast Series on the health benefits of the arts and culture. She gave us the latest on studies done showing the positive impact the arts have on children. (The entire series and library of studies will be released in September.)

To listen to any of our interviews, follow this link.

Media Hits:
Arlington arts organizations published several Community Post column in ArlNow as part of the subscription Embracing Arlington Arts underwrote to help them spread the word about their organizations, events and happenings. Encore Stage & Studio wrote about their “Healthy Play Initiative” being offered for students this summer.

Signature Theatre posted a column about their spectacular virtual production of “After Midnight” airing now. Finally, the Arlington Arts Center published a column on their diverse summer camp offerings this year.

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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