June 2021 Update


Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

We hope that everyone had a nice and relaxing holiday weekend. With vaccinations at record high numbers and COVID cases at very low numbers, arts and theater organizations are increasingly making plans for more live performances over the next several months. Keep checking our calendar of events and social media networks to keep on top of the evolving and exciting list. Also read on for other developments of importance in the arts and culture world.

2021 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

Calendar of Live Events (Subject to Change)

June – August

3/27-6/5 – “Stretched,” Exhibition various artists, Arlington Arts Center

3/27-6/5 – “From an Abyss,” Exhibition by Ryan McCoy, Arlington Arts Center

6/1-6/25 – “Through the Window” Exhibition, Gallery Underground

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.

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

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.

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

Embracing Arlington Arts Hosted Democratic Candidate Debate on the Arts:

Last month we hosted a (Virtual) Democratic County Board Candidate Debate featuring Takis Karantonis and Chanda Choun to hear their views and vision for a vibrant and healthy arts and culture industry in the County. While both expressed the importance of the arts in Arlington and their pledge to help arts organizations and artists recover from the shutdown and pandemic, they did differ with their responses on whether the County’s Cultural Affairs office should remain housed in the Department of Economic Development. Click here to read our Press Release; scroll down to the bottom for the link to hear the debate in its entirety.

Power Point Presentation on Impact of Nonprofit Arts Sector

Embracing Arlington Arts Board Member David Briggs conducted a presentation for Encore Learning on the “Impact of the Nonprofit Arts Sector.” It covered many topics including the importance of the arts, comparative government spending on the arts, examples of how the arts give back to their communities, revenue breakdown of theaters, and much more. Click here for a link to the power point presentation.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

Our corporate sponsor of the month is Amazon. Amazon’s mission is to be earth’s most customer-centric company. It is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus; passion for invention; commitment to operational excellence; and long-term thinking. Customer review, 1-click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

“Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” Podcast:
In May we hosted podcast guests having a wide array of expertise. First, we were so happy to chat with Mikael Manoukian whose store – Manoukian Brothers Oriental Rugs – has been hosting free livestream “Rug Shop Concerts” featuring and highlighting local musicians and bands.

Our next several guests we refer to as “dignitaries” in the art world. Arlington County’s “First Lady” and arts advocate Megan Beyer returned to the show to discuss her efforts to urge President Biden to reestablish the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Next, we met with Amy Wratchford, President and Founder of the Strategic Planning (and more) consulting firm The Wratchford Group and discussed all the many diversified services her company provides non-profit arts and theater organizations from fundraising to organizational analysis to storytelling to EDI to financial management.

At the end of the month, we turned to architectural with an interesting discussion with architect Paola Amodeo who talked to us about her creative process, insight into 1940’s housing construction, and how she helps clients who own or want to own artwork.

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

Media Hits:
InsideNova did a story on the Democratic County Board candidate debate hosted by Embracing Arlington Arts during which they offered diametrically opposed views on whether the Cultural Affairs office should be located in the department of Economic Development.

ArlNow continued to publish Community Post columns written by Arlington arts organizations throughout May. UrbanArias posted a column about their thought-provoking new virtual opera “dwb (driving while black)” – a montage of poetic and haunting moments examining the trials and triumphs Black mothers experience as their children come of age. The Educational Theatre  Company also published an item detailing their summer camp schedules and programs.  

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Thank you in advance!

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