Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,
There are some new reports out about the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the arts sector. Read on for more details, as well as other updates about the work Embracing Arlington Arts is working on.
2022 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events
Calendar of Live Events (Subject to Change)
May – July
3/12-5/14 – Spring Exhibition, AVAST & Dominion Lighting, 5053 Langston Blvd., Info here.
4/1-4/29 – “Art Unmasked,” Gallery Underground, Info here.
4/26-6/12 – “The Upstairs Department,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.
4/28-5/22 – “The Revolutionists,” Prologue Theatre, Info and tickets here.
4/29-5/21 – Portfolio in Motion exhibit, Cody Gallery, Marymount University Info here.
4/30-5/8 – “Why I Live at the P.O.,” UrbanArias, Keegan Theatre, Info and tickets here.
4/30-6/19 – “Peace is Every Step,” MasPaz Exhibition, Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, Info here.
5/1-5/27 – “Dancing Diamonds,” Gallery Underground, Info here.
5/6 – “Date Night,” Arlington Chorale, Westover Baptist Church, Info here.
5/6-5/21 – “[title of show],” Dominion Stage, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.
5/9 – “Damn Things Will Kill Ya,” SigWorks, Signature Theatre, Info here.
5/16 – “Sondheim Gala Award, Signature Theatre, Info here.
5/21 – “35th Argentine Festival,” Festival Argentino, Kenmore Middle School, Info here.
5/21 – “Marvelous Mozart and Mendelssohn,” National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston Arts Center, Info and Tickets here.
5/25-6/18 – “Suddenly Last Summer,” Avant Bard Theatre Company, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.
5/31-7/3 – “We Won’t Sleep,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.
6/4-6/5 – “Only You,” Jane Franklin Dance Company, Theatre on the Run, Tickets here.
6/5 – Spring Concert, Washington Balalaika Society, Kenmore Middle School, Info here.
6/11 – “Blue True Dream of Sky Concert,” Arlington Chorale, Unitarian Universalist Church, Info here.
6/24 – “Broadway in the Park, Signature Theatre, Info here.
7/1-7/10 – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, The Arlington Players, Info and tickets here.
To view the entire calendar, click here.
Fundraiser for Embracing Arlington Arts
We are so excited that CNA’s Educational and Charitable Fund Committee (ECFC) has chosen Embracing Arlington Arts as the non-profit beneficiary at their upcoming fundraising event – a Talent Show! The ECFC hosts numerous events throughout the year and they donate the proceeds of those events to different local charities. They are hosting a companywide virtual talent show on May 10th and have chosen Embracing Arlington Arts as the charity to receive the proceeds from the event!!
We are asking our readers to consider purchasing a ticket. They are only $10 and we will be using the proceeds to continue assisting arts organizations who are still struggling due to the COVID pandemic. This industry was hard hit and our goal is to help them market their events, increase their visibility and advocate on their behalf.
Here is the link to purchase tickets. While $10 is the minimum, you can donate whatever amount you want! Plus, you will get to see some local talented individuals perform!
Thank you in advance for supporting Embracing Arlington Arts. In addition, many thanks to CNA for choosing us as their non-profit partner and for all their support of non-profit organizations in Arlington.
Survey Results on Attending In-Person Events
As a component of the business plan being drafted for a potential new performing arts center in Arlington, Embracing Arlington Arts conducted a survey of patrons’ participation in arts events in both pre- and post-COVID times. Overall, patrons overwhelmingly supported a new performing arts center in Arlington, with 87.4 percent of respondents saying they would “likely” or “very likely” attend performances there. In addition, over 45 percent indicated they would be attending at least a production monthly in 2022. (NOTE: The survey was conducted in February when pandemic cases were still running quite high.)
One of the most interesting results from the survey was that almost 30 percent of the respondents were under the age of 50, This is good news since we usually recognize arts patrons as retirees,” she added. The hope is that the arts organizations are attracting younger patrons to their performances, and thus diversifying their audiences.
To see the results, click here.
Corporate Sponsor of the Month
Our corporate sponsor of the month is CNA’s Educational and Charitable Fund Committee (ECFC). The Educational & Charitable Fund Committee is a nonprofit organization established by CNA in 1992 that encourages employees to support charities and to donate their time in the service of others. It organizes events to raise money for charities, donation drives and gives employees opportunities to volunteer in the community. CNA employees are dedicated to making a difference in the community, committing time, energy and treasure that demonstrates what it means to give back. Since relocating to Arlington in 2015, CEO Katherine McGrady asked CNA’s volunteer coordinators to focus on organizations in Arlington because she believes that being a good corporate neighbor is integral to CNA’s mission. Charitable activities include clothing and food drives, book sales, raffles, winter coat drives, disaster relief work, art sales, drives to collect school supplies, and holiday gift drives. Employees also serve as mentors to students in the local schools and volunteer at shelters.
“Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” Podcast:
We had a wonderful and diverse slate of guests for our April podcasts. Starting off the month was The Alliance for New Music Theatre’s Artistic Director Susan Galbraith and Composer of Ronald “Trey” Walton The Alliance who talked about their truly unique production entitled “Voices of Zion” which starts the dialogue about the history of African American Georgetown.
Next we caught up with local Actor/Educator/Director Carol Cadby who talked about her return to acting after teaching for many years. Dominion Stage’s Director Kevin Sockwell and Music Director Matthew Dohm gave us all the details about their current production of “title of show.”
We ended the month chatting with DC Metro Theater Art’s Publisher Nicole Hertvik who used the podcast platform to announce some exciting new developments at the organization.
To listen to any of our interviews, follow this link. And if you have not already done so, please follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, GooglePodcast, or Amazon Music so you don’t miss any episodes.
The SunGazette published a story about the results of Embracing Arlington Arts survey regarding patrons’ thoughts on returning to in-person live events and the likelihood that they would attend a production at a newly built Performing Arts Center in Arlington.
Arlington arts organizations also continued publishing Community Post columns in ArlNow. 9th Street Chamber Music used the opportunity to promote two upcoming concerts. UrbanArias was able to promote their current production of “Why I Live at the P.O.”
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!