February 2018 Update

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Update from Embracing Arlington Arts

Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

Spring should be here soon enough. But in the meantime, the arts continue to abound here in Arlington, and our work in assisting visual artists and arts organizations continues in earnest. Below is a quick summary of initiatives, as well as the February through April Arlington Cultural calendar.

Clinics for Arts Organizations and Artists:

We are continuing our effort to offer free quarterly Clinics and Meet-and-Greet events for Arlington arts organizations and artists. Last month we held a standing room only Clinic on Social Media and Marketing Techniques. Many thanks to our presenters – Jourdan Card, President of J. Card Strategies and the Signature Theater Social Media team. Hints and insights were shared with the attendees and everyone went away with several new strategies and tactics about improving their social media presence.

Next up is a Fundraising Clinic at the end of March which will feature a team of fundraisers that together raised $350 million for the African American Museum. We want to thank the Arlington Arts Center for hosting this event. We expect this one also to be packed as fundraising is integral to any non-profit organization’s success and survival.

Radio Show on WERA 96.7FM:

Although every week I host very interesting guests about a whole host of topics and events, I did want to alert you to a special guest who will be appearing on the February 20th show – the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Chu. We will be chatting about a whole plethora of topics, including the positive impact the arts have on Veterans suffering from PTSD, the disabled community and others suffering from neurological diseases. We also will be discussing the grant programs at NEA, as well as her interesting arts background.

Other interviews include one this Tuesday (2/13) with Signature Theater’s Playwright Joe Calarco and a high school student to talk about the Signature in the Schools program and their upcoming production about the timely topic of immigration. Previous interviews include ones with the Director of Social Media for The Arlington Players Sterling Beard discussing “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Teatro de la Luna’s Marcela Ferlito talking about their upcoming productions, Robbie Schaefer from the band “Eddie from Ohio” (and the playwright and star of “Light Years” at Signature Theater), Ashley Hammond, Managing Director from Educational Theatre Company talking about their programs, and the Conductor and Music Director from the Arlington Philharmonic Scott Wood chatting about the organization and classical music. To listen to these interviews, or any others in the past, follow this link.

Media Hits for Embracing Arlington Arts:

It was an honor to be asked to draft the first “Progressive Voices” column in ArlNow under the leadership of two new writers of that column. It focused on the many positive impacts the arts have on so many sectors of our community, and the points were made more impactful by including quotes from Arlingtonians personally helped by the arts. To read the column, follow this link.

Future Events Hosted by Embracing Arlington Arts:

Embracing Arlington Arts is officially a non-profit organization under the auspices of the Fractured Atlas umbrella so we are in the midst of planning several small fundraising events, as well as our 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington! First, we will be working with a local restaurant to host a fundraiser where a portion of the proceeds from patrons coming in with the Embracing Arlington Arts flyer will be donated to our organization. All of these dollars will be used towards a Press Release subscription with ArlNow that will allow all our arts organizations and artists to submit 2-3 Press Releases a year for free on the ArlNow website. Stay tuned for more details.

And yes, we are starting to plan our 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington! The American Service Center has graciously agreed to host this event and we will be starting work in earnest soon to obtain restaurant donors and financial sponsors for this wonderful celebration. 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

January/February 2018

1/16-2/18      –              4,380 Nights, Signature Theatre

1/17-2/18      –              The Trial, Synetic Theater

2/6-3/4          –              Light Years, Signature Theatre

2/16-2/25      –              The Lion King, Encore Stage & Studio, Gunston I

2/27-3/25      –              The Gospel at Colonus, WSC Avant Bard, Gunston II

2/23-3/18      –              Speech and Debate, Peter’s Alley, Theatre on the Run

2/24               –              Intl. Mother Language Day, Prio Bangla, Gunston I

2/25               –              Crescendo Youth Orchestra, The Jefferson, 900 North Taylor Street

March 2018

3/2                 –              Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

3/2-3/3          –              Bowen McCauley Dance, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

3/10              –              Many Dimensions of Life, Prio Bangla, Wakefield High School

3/13-3/17     –              Motown Hitsville (Cabaret Series), Signature Theater

3/21              –              Bowen McCauley Dance, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

3/24              –              Strings Fever, National Chamber Ensemble, UU Church

3/28              –              First Draft, Theatre on the Run

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


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