July 2018 Update

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Update from Embracing Arlington Arts

Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and are getting ready for the July Fourth holiday! We are moving forward on many fronts so wanted to update everyone on what has been happening in the Arlington Arts world.

First REMINDER…..REMINDER……REMINDER….Please join us on July 10 at Palette 22 in Shirlington which is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Embracing Arlington Arts. The restaurant will be generously donating 15% of proceeds from their ALL DAY receipts from diners who present a copy of this flyer.

All monies raised will in turn benefit all non-profit arts organizations in Arlington. We will be using the funds to enroll in 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 are about halfway to our goal, but need to raise another $800 so please spread the word about this fundraiser and get a group of friends and family together for a fun night out with great food. Plus support a wonderful restaurant that consistently supports the arts throughout the year!

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 July 10, but believe this is an important cause and initiative, then you can always donate through our fiscally sponsored project website 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 to purchase this subscription package, follow this link: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/FiscalSponsorship/profile?id=16952.

2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington – October 4:

We announced in the last Update that our 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington is being held on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Mercedes Benz of Arlington. (Here is the “Save the Date” flyer.) To date, we have 15 restaurants who will be donating many of their delicious specialty dishes and 3 dignitary judges for our costume contest (“come as your favorite piece of artwork”). Also on tap is live music, beer and wine, and of course tasty desserts, along with networking good friends and hundreds of arts supporters from throughout the region.

As we previously reported, ALL proceeds will be used to enable us to conduct a feasibility study in preparation for a major capital campaign to raise funds to build a quality, stand-alone performing arts center here in Arlington. The importance of such an effort has become even more critical with the most recent announcement that Fairfax County is investing in an 18,000 sq. foot arts center in Herndon. This development, coupled with the Capital One project in Tysons that will include a brand new 225-seat black box theater, will completely overshadow Arlington’s performing arts scene.

In order to raise enough funds to complete our feasibility study, it is critical that we obtain sponsors for our Celebration – who can be companies, organizations and even individuals. Among the benefits sponsors receive are free admissions to the event, numerous sponsorship acknowledgments on the Embracing Arlington Arts radio show on WERA 96.7 FM (to be done based on sponsor’s time preference), written recognition (with website hyperlinks) in this Update newsletter, numerous “shout outs” on social media, and a listing in the event program with a description of your company or organization, along with your logo.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or can recommend companies, organizations or individuals that might be, please let me know.

Possible County Board Candidates Debate in August:

We have invited the two County Board candidates – John Vihstadt and Matt de Ferranti – to participate in a debate on the Arts in Arlington tentatively scheduled for mid-August. Once everything is confirmed, we will send out more details.

Radio Show on WERA 96.7FM:

Over the last several weeks, we have had really entertaining guests on the Embracing Arlington Arts radio show. This month we chatted with the stellar regional actress Naomi Jacobson; the Editor and Public for DC Metro Theater Arts Nicole Hertvik along with Executive Artistic Director of La Ti Do Don Mike Mendoza; the President of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (and Actor, Musician, Director and many other talents) Ray Ficca; the Executive Director of Bowen McCauley Dance Helen Chamberlin; and the Curator for the Arlington Art Truck Cynthia Connolly. To listen to these interviews, or any others in the past, follow this link.

(NOTE: We will be updating this calendar with all the new season information for the next Update.)

2018 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

July 2018

7/1                 –              Company Danzante, Lubber Run Amphitheater

7/6                 –              Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

7/11-8/12      –              The Wizard of Oz, Synetic

7/19-7/20      –              Seussical, Encore Stage & Studio, Kenmore Middle School

7/22               –              Shorthanded, Jane Franklin Dance, Lubber Run Amphitheater

7/28               –              Veronneau Recording Live, Lubber Run Amphitheater

August 2018

8/3                 –              National Chamber Ensemble, Lubber Run Amphitheater

8/11               –              Concert Series, Signature Theatre, Lubber Run Amphitheater

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