Update from Embracing Arlington Arts
Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and very Happy New Year! We are starting 2018 off right with several clinics, radio shows and other initiatives to assist our Arlington artists and arts organizations continue to be able to offer and present quality events to patrons throughout the region. Below is a quick summary of initiatives, as well as the January through March Arlington Cultural calendar.
Grassroots Effort for a Quality Performing Arts Facility:
Scores and scores of Arlingtonians answered the call to send a letter to the County Board requesting that they help ensure that a stand-alone, quality performing arts venue/gallery be built to replace the canceled one at Virginia Square. These letters greased the way for a productive meeting with some County Board members on how to move forward. As a result of this meeting, we will be transforming the concept plan into a formal business plan soon. In addition, we are looking for potential stakeholders, partners, and others who might be willing to help and get involved in this important campaign. If you are willing to help, have ideas of others who might be, or can suggest some County leaders with whom we should meet, please let us know. Our outreach efforts will be starting very soon.
Radio Show on WERA 96.7FM:
As previously reported, I host a weekly radio show that highlights Arlington artists and art organization representatives, as well as dignitaries and experts in the arts arena. In December our guest list included Second Lady Karen Pence to talk about art therapy, outgoing County Board Jay Fisette discussed the arts in Arlington, local theater reviewers John Stoltenberg and David Siegel chatted about the changing theater scene, and Leo Sushansky updated listeners on the National Chamber Ensemble Holiday show. To listen to these interviews, or any others in the past, follow this link.
Future guests for 2018 include several Arlington Arts organization representatives, NEA Chair Jane Chu, Arlington native Katie Couric (pending) and County Board Chair Katie Cristol. We always welcome recommendations for future guests – just email us.
Media Hits for Embracing Arlington Arts:
It was a pretty good month for media hits for Embracing Arlington Arts. First, I was invited to be the guest on an ArlNow podcast to talk about our non-profit organization, the arts in Arlington, challenges for venue space, and lots more. You can hear the podcast here. There were also a couple of articles about the Karen Pence interview. They can be found here and here. We also were quoted in a Press Release about Signature Theater joining the Ouli Personal Concierge app.
2018 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events
1/5-1/14 – Sherlock Holmes, Encore Stage & Studio, Gunston I
1/12-1/27 – Forty +, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run
1/16-2/18 – 4,380 Nights, Signature Theatre
1/17-2/18 – The Trial, Synetic Theater
1/20 – Opening Reception for You, If No One Else, Arlington Arts Center
1/21 – Celebrating African American Opera Singers Past and Present, Opera NOVA (Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington 4444 Arlington Blvd.)
1/26-2/10 – A Streetcar Named Desire, The Arlington Players, Thomas Jefferson
2/2 – Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground
2/5 – Play Reading, SigWorks, Signature Theatre
2/6-3/4 – Light Years, Signature Theatre
2/7 – First Draft, Theatre on the Run
2/9 – Music with a View, Arlington Philharmonic, Waterview Tower
2/10 – The Romantic Violin for Two, National Chamber Ensemble, UU Church
2/16-2/25 – The Lion King, Encore Stage & Studio, Gunston I
2/22-3/25 – The Gospel at Colonus, WSC Avant Bard, Gunston II
2/24 – Intl. Mother Language Day, Prio Bangla, Gunston I
2/25 – Crescendo Youth Orchestra, The Jefferson, 900 North Taylor Street
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