October 2020 Update


Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

Please read on for all the October arts updates.

Calendar of Live Events (Subject to Change)

October – December

8/22-12/13 – “Passage” exhibit by Lynda Andrews-Barry, Arlington Arts Center
8/27-11/24 – “Havana Youth,” exhibit by Greg Kahn, Cody Gallery, Marymount Univ. Appointment only: cgallery@marymount.edu
9/26-12/19 – “Solos 2020,” Arlington Arts Center
9/26-12/19 – “By Proxy,” Arlington Arts Center
10/1-10/31 – “Autumn’s Palette” Exhibition, Gallery Underground
10/1-12/15 – “Flattening Time” exhibit by David Carlson, Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, Appointment only: 703-495-1642
10/29 – Solos Artist Talk with Kim Llerena, Anne Clare Rogers and Tara Gupta, Arlington Arts Center, Register to attend the talk.
11/12 – Solos Artist Talk with Rebecca Rivas-Rogers, Heidi Zenisek and Constance Simon, Arlington Arts Center, Register to attend the talk.

Calendar of Arlington Arts Organization Online Productions/Events
October – December

9/21-10/12 – “At the Full Yum” by Rahima Rice play reading, Signature Theatre, Watch here.
10/9-10/23 – “Tales from a Distance,” UrbanArias, Info and tickets here.
10/12-11/1 – “Joy,” Synetic Theatre, Tickets here.
10/16-4/16 – “The Roost,” UrbanArias, Info here.
10/17 — Educational Theatre Company (ETC) Online Trivia Night and Wine Pull Fundraiser, Tickets and Info here.
“Beethoven in Vienna” (available after 10/23), National Chamber Ensemble, Tickets here.
“NCE Holiday Celebration” (available after 12/19), National Chamber Ensemble, Tickets here.
11/27 — Educational Theatre Company (ETC) and McKinley Elementary present “Royal Ribbit,” a student-written musical online!  Check it out here.
12/7-12/28 – “The Story of Walter” by Audrey Cefaly play reading, Signature Theatre, Watch here.

To view the entire calendar, as well as the continuously streaming events, click here.

Embracing Arlington Arts Launches Annual Fundraising Campaign:
October is National Arts and Humanities month and a perfect time for Embracing Arlington Arts’ annual fundraising campaign. The advocacy, marketing and outreach initiatives that we are pursuing in order to achieve our mission of enhancing the vibrancy and health of arts and culture has become even more important during this COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown. From weekly podcasts giving artists and arts organizations a platform to keep visible to our biweekly ZOOM calls with expert guest speakers to help arts groups navigate these scary times to keeping arts supporters abreast of arts developments through our weekly newsletter to daily postings on social media about the diverse events and happenings offered by artists and arts groups, Embracing Arlington Arts has been at the forefront of efforts to help the critical arts and theater industry. (For more information on their efforts check out our 2020 Successes page.)
All funds raised during this fundraising campaign will go towards new and more enhanced initiatives to help ALL arts organizations. Among some of our planned activities are the release of our “Diversity and Cultural Equity” podcast series (see below); conducting a “State of the Arts Industry” survey following seven months of the COVID-19 pandemic; completion and release of the Embracing Arlington Arts strategic plan that will outline how to best advocate and assist the arts and culture industry; continuing our marketing assistance for artists and arts organizations through the monthly Update and social media platforms; and keeping our supporters abreast of all developments and happenings in the arts arena.

Please consider donating to Embracing Arlington Arts during this campaign. No amount is too small OR too large. There are several ways to donate as outlined below.

If you would like to support the work 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 sent to Embracing Arlington Arts, 754 North Vermont Street, Arlington, VA 22203

Every dollar helps us help the arts organizations in so many ways. Thank you in advance!

Embracing Arlington Arts Endorses Americans for the Arts Proposal for Arts Workers:
We were honored to join over 1,600 arts organizations in endorsing an Americans for the Arts proposal of 15 specific actions that the next Administration can take to activate the creative economy within a comprehensive national recovery strategy. These creative workers should be used – and compensated – for rebuilding, reimagining, unifying and healing communities in every state and territory.

Individuals can also endorse and become involved in this effort. For more information, follow this link.

ZOOM Calls for Arts Organizations:
Continuing our efforts to help galleries, theater venues and theater organization safely reopen and begin offering live performances again, we arranged for the Managing Director of the American Shakespeare Center Amy Wratchford – a Virginia theater company that is leading the way toward restarting live performances again. Wratchford talked about their experience in reopening, changes they had to make to remain socially distanced, lessons learned, and much more. Click here to listen to a recording of the call.  

Corporate Sponsor of the Month:
Our corporate sponsor of the month is the Arlington Community Foundation (ACF) which helped support our Strategic Planning project. ACF is the local home for individuals, businesses and organizations in Arlington to carry out their charitable giving. The Foundation’s general funds – supported by contributions from community members – improve and strengthen the community in and around Arlington through grants made to local nonprofit organizations and scholarships awarded to local students.
“Embracing Arlington Arts Talks“ Podcast:
We are excited to announce that our “Diversity and Cultural Equity” podcast series begins airing this month. On October 6 we will air our BIPOC Leading Voices segment that outlines their insight and demands for White American Theater leaders to achieve more equity. Then on Oct. 13 we will release the second segment which features Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) experts and theater specialists who will be responding to these demands. To listen to all the interviews, read summaries of the interviews and learn more, follow this link.

During the month of September our weekly podcast “Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” focused on the performing arts arena. First, we welcomed the Producing Director of Creative Cauldron Laura Connors Hull to update us on their outdoor cabaret series, upcoming events and their tentative plans for next season. Next we had such an interesting chat with actor, multicultural marketing expert and Founder of BlackstageDC Natalie Graves Tucker. We covered such topics as why she founded BlackstageDC, her interesting career journey, details about the ARTOMATIC pop up art festival and more.

We then welcomed the Artistic Director of 1st Stage Alex Levy to the show to learn more about that organization, some upcoming events, their proactive work on the diversity front, and tentative 2021 season plans. Finally, we headed over to Shirlington to interview the Managing Director of Signature Theatre Maggie Boland. She gave us some teasers about the next season of digital programming, silver linings she sees with this pandemic, and details about their revised subscription packages due to the COVID-19 crisis.

To listen to any of our interviews, follow this link.

Media Hits:
Taking advantage of our Community Post subscription, Encore Stage & Studio detailed in their column the launch of new in-person outdoor classes. Another column by Jane Franklin Dance covered the many events and productions they are offering despite the pandemic.

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