April 2018 Update

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Update from Embracing Arlington Arts

Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday last weekend and that spring will come soon! This Update covers our busy and productive month. We also hope you can join us on May 1 for our Fundraiser at Heavy Seas Alehouse (more details below and attached).

Fundraiser to Benefit Arlington Arts Organizations/Visual Artists Publicize Events:

Please mark your calendars and join us for a Fundraising Event for Embracing Arlington Arts graciously being sponsored by Heavy Seas Alehouse! 10% of ALL proceeds from patrons bringing in the attached flyer or telling their wait staff they are there for the fundraiser will be donated to Embracing Arlington Arts. ALL of these dollars will be used towards a Press Release subscription with ArlNow that will allow our Arlington arts organizations and artists to submit 2-3 Press Releases a year for free (instead of the several hundred dollars it would cost them) on the ArlNow website. Estimated reach is 250,000 readers.

We all have to eat. So why not have your dining dollars have double value by steering them towards the Arts in Arlington!

If you find you cannot come on May 1, but believe this is an important cause and initiative, then you can always donate through our status as a fiscally sponsored project under the umbrella of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. To check out our fiscal sponsorship page and make a tax deductible contribution to help us reach our goal of $1,600 to purchase this subscription package,  follow this link: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/FiscalSponsorship/profile?id=16952.

Clinics for Arts Organizations and Artists:

Last week we held a standing room only Fundraising Clinic for Arlington arts organizations and artists.  We were so honored to have as our speakers Delphia Ridley, Director of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Education & Access; and Anna Barber, President of Barber & Associates. This team of fundraisers had previously raised $350 million for the African American Museum and presented so much insightful information and insight about fundraising to our attendees. We want to thank the Arlington Arts Center for hosting this event.

We plan to hold a Fundraising 201 Clinic – building on the critical information attendees learned during this one which included Strategic Planning, mission statements, case statements, how to prepare your “ask” and so much more! We also are soliciting ideas and suggestions for future Clinics.

Radio Show on WERA 96.7FM:

Embracing Arlington Arts continues to have wonderful guests on our weekly radio show on WERA (96.7FM) from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Over the last several weeks we were so grateful to be able to chat with the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Chu about art therapy programs sponsored by NEA, studies the organization has done and the many grants they have available for non-profit arts organizations. Other interviews include ones with Becky Sanders, Director of the Women’s Ecumenical Choir who appeared in WSC Avant Bard’s repeat performance of the big hit “Gospel at Colonus”; the immediate past president of the American Art Therapy Association and Art Therapist Donna Betts; our first discussion with a playwright – Richard Washer from The Rose Theater; a very interesting chat about millennials and the theater with DC Metro Theater Arts Editor/Publisher Nicole Hertvik and Marketing and Public Relations Manager Darby DeJarnette; and Arlington Visual Artist David Carlson. To listen to these interviews, or any others in the past, follow this link. (NOTE: Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol will be appearing on the April 17 if you want to tune in either on your radio or online.)

2nd Celebration of the Arts in Arlington Hosted by Embracing Arlington Arts:

Yes, preparations have begun on our 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington! Mercedes Benz of Arlington has graciously agreed to host this event on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. This year we will jazz it up with a costume contest and like last year we will have live music from an Arlington band during the last hour. More details will be forthcoming soon. It will be an Arts Event you won’t want to miss!!! All proceeds will be steered towards the critical need for infrastructure for performing and visual arts in Arlington.

2018 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

April 2018

4/3-4/29         –       John, Signature Theater

4/6                  –      Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

4/6-4/7           –      Spring Performance, Bowen McCauley Dance, Howard University

4/6-4/15         –      James & the Giant Peach, Encore Stage & Studio, Theatre on the Run

4/7-4/14         –      Florida, UrbanArias, Atlas Performing Arts Center

4/13-4/28       –      Border, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

4/13-4/28       –      Sweeney Todd, The Arlington Players, Thomas Jefferson

4/17-6/10       –      Girlfriend, Signature Theater

4/25-5/27       –      Titus Andronicus, Synetic Theater

4/28                –      Move Me Festival, Bowen McCauley Dance, Kenmore Middle School

4/28                –      Cambodian New Year, Cambodian American Heritage, Gunston I

May 2018

5/4                  –      Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

5/4-5/19         –      How I Learned to Drive, Dominion Stage, Gunston II

5/12                –      Argentine Festival, Festival Argentino, Kenmore Middle School

5/19                –      Jazz Masters, National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston I

5/20                –      Traditional Concert, Arlington Philharmonic, Washington-Lee HS

5/22-7/1         –      Scottsboro Boys, Signature Theater

5/31-7/8         –      The Tempest, WSC Avant Bard, Gunston II

June 2018

6/1                 –       Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

6/1-6/10        –       Pinocchio, Encore Stage & Studio, Gunston I

6/3                 –       Crescendo Youth Concert, Washington Lee High School

6/4                 –       Play Reading, SigWorks, Signature Theatre

6/10               –       Crescendo Season Finale, Arlington Philharmonic, Wakefield HS

6/24               –      Pops for Pets, Arlington Philharmonic, Lubber Run Amphitheater

6/26-6/30      –      Entirely Elvis, (Cabaret Series), Signature Theatre



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