September 2019 Update

Basic RGBDear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

Yes, the dog days of summer are behind us and we anticipate a very busy fall, including an October fundraising account, a report on the work of the Citizens Arts Advisory Committee (CAAC), announcement of a special event, and much more. In the meantime, we have some updates for the August so read on.

REMINDER – “Meet and Greet” with County Board Member Katie Cristol and Arts Community:

Please add to your calendar this important event – a “Meet and Greet” between County Board Member Katie Cristol and members of the arts community. As a County Board member, Katie has been a critical supporter of the arts in Arlington, and this is an opportunity to not only thank her for this support, but also learn about her future plans for keeping the arts vibrant and healthy.

It is being held on Monday, September 16 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Many thanks for New District Brewing Company for providing the venue for this event. For all the details, click here. Also if you plan to come, please RSVP to so we can set up the room accordingly.

The Embracing Arlington Arts Podcast:

We officially launched our podcast on August 13th, and our first guest was Arlington County Board member Erik Gutshall. Among the many things he told us was what his ideal acting role would be, as well as his vision for the arts in Arlington.

Following that podcast was an interview we did with Poet and former Arlington Poet Laureate Katherine Young who enlightened us with her thoughts on new trends in poetry and her responsibilities as the Poet Laureate, and much more. She also read us one of her original poems.

The following week we transitioned to visual arts and learned about the relatively new art gallery in Ballston – Cody Gallery from its curator Meaghan Kent. Find out about their upcoming exhibitions, how she chooses which artists to feature, and her advice to visual artists in how to increase their visibility. All of this is covered in this interesting interview.

Finally, we were so happy to welcome musician, composer, actor, entertainer and generally nice guy Mark Meadows. What a fantastic background he had. Find out how he started out in the music field, his first public performance (and how he initially reacted), his busy upcoming month, how you can see him perform, and tons of other interesting tidbits. Also learn about his uncle’s high sweetheart who happens to be a very famous singer.

To listen to these interviews, or any others in the past, follow this link.

New podcast shows will be published each Tuesday afternoon with guests representing all facets of the arts and culture scene in the D.C. region. Of course, the success of our Podcast depends on listeners subscribing to the show. Therefore, we are asking all of our readers who want to be “in the know” about all the “drama” in D.C. to sign up through their favorite platform – iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast. Also here is an Advertisement we have been circulating. Please distribute this to your own networks. The more subscribers we have will allow us to spread the word more quickly about this show, and therefore to help bring more visibility to the arts. A large subscriber list will also attract more sponsors to support the Podcast.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month:

Our corporate sponsor of the month is the architectural firm HGA. This firm is a national multi-disciplinary design firm that stresses that the best design results from deep insight into the people and passions that animate each unique environment. More than 850 people in 10 offices from coast to coast work to make a positive, lasting impact for clients in healthcare, arts and culture, community, corporate, education, government and energy markets. They also have special expertise in theater and museum design, and they are currently working on the Capital One Tysons Corner Performing Arts Complex.  To learn more about their architectural projects, check out their website.

Media Hits/Community Posts:

We continued our bimonthly Community Post column in ArlNow written by Arlington arts organizations. This past month included the publication of a column written by Encore Stage & Studio about their education programs being offered for the fall, as well as their Open House on September 21. Also a column written by the Arlington Arts Center was posted with details about their upcoming launch of Assembly 2019, AAC’s inaugural regional biennial exhibition.

Many, many thanks to the Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, as well as Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney for allowing us to renew this subscription!

2019/2020 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

September 2019

8/11-9/29     –    Assassins, Signature Theatre

9/5                –    Inside Signature: Jon Kalbfleisch, Signature Theatre

9/6                –    Opening Reception, Cody Gallery, Marymount University

9/6                –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

9/7                –    Opening Reception Lumistory, Melanie Kehoss, Fred Schnider Gallery

9/13              –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

9/14-9/29     –    Beauty and the Beast, Arlington Players, Thomas Jefferson Comm. Theatre

9/16              –    Meet and Greet with County Board Member Katie Cristol, New District Brewing Co.

9/21              –    Multi-Cultural Street Festival, Prio Bangla, 880 S. Walter Reed Drive

9/21              –    Regional Biennial, Opening Reception, Arlington Arts Center

9/21              –    Open House, Encore Stage & Studio, 4000 Lorcom Lane

9/21-10/20   –    Transitional Objects, Artwork from Summer Camps, Arlington Arts Center

9/21-12/14   –    Marissa Long Solo Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center

9/21-12/14   –    Regional Biennial Exhibit, Arlington Arts Center

9/24-11/3     –    Escaped Alone, Signature Theatre

9/25-10/20   –    The Tempest, Synetic Theater

9/27              –    AVAST Launch Party, Cody Gallery, Marymount University

9/28-9/29     –    Arlington Visual Arts Studio Tour, info at

9/29              –    Valley Fest Street Festival, 2709 South Oakland Street

9/30              –    Play Reading, SigWorks, Signature Theatre

October 2019

10/3              –    Inside Signature: Catherine Flye, Signature Theatre

10/4              –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

10/11-10/20 –    Frozen, Jr., Encore Stage & Studio, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre

10/11            –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

10/12            –    Reception Places in Paper, Melanie Kehoss, 3700 Four Mile Run Drive

10/19            –    Mozart Collection, National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston Arts Center

10/29-1/5     –    A Chorus Line, Signature Theatre

November 2019

11/1              –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

11/2              –    ARTrageous Silent Auction, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

11/2              –    Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Arlington Arts Center

11/8              –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

11/8-11/23   –    Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, Dominion Stage, Gunston Theatre 2

11/9              –    New Work, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/9              –    Forty+, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/16            –    Local Motion Project, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/16            –    New Work, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/9              –    New Compositions, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/19-11/23 –    Soul Divas, Cabaret Series, Signature Theatre

11/22-11/24 –    Artful Weekend, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Fort Smith

11/23            –    Bailey’s Upper Dance Company, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/23            –    New Work, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/23            –    Dance with Rachel Luebbert, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/24            –    Fall Concert, Washington Balalaika Society, Kenmore Middle School

To view the entire 2019-2020 Calendar of Events, click here.

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






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