September 2021 Update


Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

We hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend and that everyone has begun enjoying live and in-person arts and culture events again. Remember to keep checking our online Calendar of Events for all the productions happening in Arlington as additions are posted continuously.   

Table of Contents
REMINDER to RSVP to Diversity Chat with Michael Bobbitt – September 27

Exciting Projects Coming from Embracing Arlington Arts

Corporate Sponsor(s) of the Month – JBG SMITH

“Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” Podcast

Media Hits


2021 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

Calendar of Live Events (Subject to Change)

September – November

9/1-9/30 – “Women at Work,” Exhibition by Ronni Jolles, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (1132 N. Ivanhoe St.)

9/1-12/4 – “Magnifica,” Cody Gallery, Info here.

9/1-9/24 – “Travels” Exhibition, Gallery Underground, Info here.

9/4-10/23 – “Photographs 2016-2021,” by Roberto Bocci, Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, Info here.

9/10-9/11 – “Shhhhhakespeare Revue,” Synetic Theater, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

9/11 – “The Miraculous Magical Balloon,” Synetic Theater, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

9/12 – Summer Concert, Arlington Philharmonic, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

9/14 – “Finale Performance,” Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Info here.

9/17-9/19 – “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” Avant Bard Theatre Company, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

9/18 – “Argentine Festival,” Festival Argentino, Thomas Jefferson School, Info here.

9/18 – AVAST 200, Art Lottery and Party, AVAST, Info here.

9/24 – Scripts in Play Festival, Avant Bard Theatre Company, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.

9/24-9/26 – “Together at Last: A Music Revue,” The Arlington Players, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

9/25-9/26 – Arlington Visual Artist Studio Tour, AVAST, Info here.

9/26 – Artist Talk about exhibit “Women at Work,” Ronni Jolles, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (1132 N. Ivanhoe St.)

9/26 – Valley Fest Street Festival, New District Brewing Company, Info here.

9/26 – Scripts in Play Festival, Avant Bard Theatre Company, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.

10/1 – “The View from Here,” Jane Franklin Dance, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Info here.

10/8 – Scripts in Play Festival, Avant Bard Theatre Company, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.

10/10 – Scripts in Play Festival, Avant Bard Theatre Company, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.

10/11-10/31 – “The Madness of Poe,” Synetic Theater, Tickets here.

10/22 – Scripts in Play Festival, Avant Bard Theatre Company, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.

10/24 – Scripts in Play Festival, Avant Bard Theatre Company, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.

11/2-1/2/2022 – “Rent,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.

11/5-11/20 – “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” Dominion Stage, Gunston Arts Center, Info here.

11/6 – “Enchanting Elgar, the English Romantic,” National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston Arts Center, Info and Tickets here.

11/29-12/26 – “Cinderella,” Synetic Theater, Tickets here.

To view the entire calendar, click here.

REMINDER to RSVP for “Diversity Chat with Michael Bobbitt”:

We are only two weeks away from our exciting “Diversity Chat with Michael Bobbtt” (Monday, September 27 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm via ZOOM). This is going to be a very insightful event with Michael who has decades of leadership experience in the arts and theater management world. There is no better keynote speaker to advise arts organizations, artists and other professionals on how to reopen while at the same time ensuring an equitable, diverse and safe workplace for all.

Follow this link for more information and details about how to RSVP for this important chat. The event is FREE, with a suggested $25 donation to Embracing Arlington Arts to help us continue our important work assisting artists, arts professionals and arts organizations thrive in a post-COVID world.

Exciting Initiatives Coming from Embracing Arlington Arts:

In addition to our “Diversity Chat” event cited above, Embracing Arlington Arts has an exciting line up of project initiatives coming this fall. Here is a sampling of things coming soon:

Educational Podcast Series – Health Benefits of the Arts: On September 23rd, we are launching our third Educational Podcast Series. This one focuses on the health benefits of the arts for several sectors of our community including Veterans, seniors and students. The series is comprised of three interviews with well-respected researchers in their field from George Mason University. Information will be posted here.

One-Stop Library of Research/Studies on the Health Benefits of the Arts: Realizing the absence of a one-stop listing of studies and research website links on the health benefits of the arts, Embracing Arlington Arts will be launching a “Library of Study Resources” broken out by community sectors (Veterans, Seniors, Students, Mentally Disabled and Physically Disabled) and art therapy genres (music, dance, visual arts and theater). We will be listing five links for each category for a total of 100 studies that are no older than five years.

Exciting Talks with Black Box Theater Stakeholders: Embracing Arlington Arts is continuing some exciting conversations with potential investors, developers and stakeholders about a new, quality and flexible performing arts center/arts hub venue in Arlington – a game changer for our arts and theater industry. Stay tuned for ways you can help coming this fall.

ArlNow Community Post Subscription Renewed: The Embracing Arlington Arts Board of Directors voted to underwrite the Community Post subscription with ArlNow for another year. This subscription allows each arts organization in Arlington one free submission during the year to promote their entity, events, initiatives and more.

October Corporate Sponsor Drive/Fundraiser: In order to expand our work helping arts and culture professionals and organizations prosper in a post-COVID world, our organization will be conducting a corporate sponsorship drive in October. Sponsorship package details will be announced over the next two weeks. We also will be conducting an individual fundraising campaign throughout October and we hope to have your support!

Corporate Sponsor of the Month:

This month we are honoring JBG SMITH as our Corporate Sponsor of the Month. JBG SMITH is an S&P 400 company that owns, operates, invests in, and develops a dynamic portfolio of high-growth mixed-use properties in and around Washington, DC. Through an intense focus on placemaking, JBG SMITH cultivates vibrant, amenity-rich, walkable neighborhoods throughout the Capital region, including National Landing where it now serves as the exclusive developer for Amazon’s new headquarters. JBG SMITH’s portfolio currently comprises 20.8 million square feet of high-quality office, multifamily and retail assets, 98% at our share of which are Metro-served. It also maintains a robust future pipeline encompassing 18.7 million square feet of mixed-used development opportunities.

“Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” Podcast:
We were excited to begin our August podcasts by chatting with the newly appointed Executive Director of the Arlington Artists Alliance Christina Papanicolaou who briefed us on her plans for the organization including a revamp of the website, creating a centralized online site, opening an educational center/artist studio spaces, build up their social media presence and reopening the Academy.

Next, we conducted our second health benefits interview with Dr. Niyati Dhokai, the Director of the Veterans and the Arts Initiative Program at George Mason University talks in this podcast about how effective music therapy is for Veterans returning from active duty, battling PTSD and other injuries, and how their families and children benefit from these sessions. The following week we learned a lot about non-profits from Jennifer Mulchandani, CEO and Founder, and Heather Myklegard, Director of Marketing & Communications from the marketing company Arlington Strategy who discussed the many critical services they provide non-profit organizations including marketing, branding, social media and communications strategies.

Our third health benefits interview was done with Dr. Jatin Ambegaonkar, Associate Professor at the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University who gave us the updates in the research field on the many benefits of dance and movement therapy for seniors. We rounded out the month getting all the details about “Working in DC’s” Labor Day festival from Artistic Producer Shanara Gabrielle and Casting Director Jorge Acevedo.

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

Media Hits:
Broadway World provided a promotional piece about the Embracing Arlington Arts “Diversity Chat” in their daily online publication. Also, the organization’s President Janet Kopenhaver was interviewed by ArlNow for a detailed article about the reopening of the arts industry in the County and the need for a quality and flexible performing arts venue in Arlington.

As mentioned above, Arlington arts groups continued to take advantage of the ArlNow Community Post subscription which greatly helps them market and spread the word about their events and productions. Festival Argentino published a column on their upcoming return of the festival on September 18. The Educational Theatre Company (ETC) used the opportunity to promote their “Neighborhood Classes” coming this fall in their submission.

If you would like to support the work of Embracing Arlington Arts by making a donation, here’s how:
*  Make tax-deductible contributions online.
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Every dollar helps us help artists and arts organizations in so many ways.

Thank you in advance!

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