September 2022 Update

Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

Happy Fall (almost!). Over the next several months, Embracing Arlington Arts will be releasing and reporting on multitudes of exciting initiatives and projects. We are ending the year on such a high note and are pleased to be sharing these developments with you. Read on for more details and stay tuned….

 2022 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

Calendar of Live Events (Subject to Change)

September – November

8/1-9/8 – “Warm/Cool,” Studio 10 Artists, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Info here.

8/16-10/9 – “The Color Purple,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.

8/24-10/1 – “Approaching Event Horizons: Projects on Climate Change” exhibition by Atlantika Collective, Mason Exhibitions Arlington, Info here.

8/25-10/3 – “Soulskins: Fit for Kindred Queens,” Cody Gallery, Info here.

8/25 – Opening reception for “Soulskins: Fit for Kindred Queens,” exhibit, Cody Gallery, Info here.

8/29-9/30 – “Enjoy the View,” Artist Jessica Mickey, Gallery Underground, Info here.

8/30-10/16 – “No Place to Go,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.

9/2 – Opening Reception for “Enjoy the View,” Gallery Underground, Info here.

9/15-10/2 – “Host and Guest,” Synetic Theater, Info and tickets here.

9/17-9/18 – “Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST),” Info here.

9/23-9/25 – “It’s a Steal,” Arlington Artists Alliance, Church of the Covenant, Info here.

9/24 – Multicultural Street Festival, Prio Bangla, Info here.

10/1-10/26 – Solo Exhibition of Artist Barry Keith works, Gallery Underground, Info here.

10/7 – Opening Reception for Barry Keith exhibition, Gallery Underground, Info here.

10/14-10/23 – “Treasure Island,” Encore Stage & Studio, Thomas Jefferson Theatre, Info and tickets here.

10/14-11/6 – “Dracula,” Synetic Theater, Info and tickets here.

10/16 – Opening reception for new exhibition, Mason Exhibitions Arlington, Info here.

10/20-11/6 – “Signature Seminar: To Journey’s End with Into the Woods,” Signature Theatre, Info here.

11/1-11/13 – “Both Sides Now: Joni Mitchell,’ Cabaret Series, Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.

11/1-11/26 – Exhibition of Artists Steena Fullmer and Anna Radjou, Gallery Underground, Info here.

11/4 – Opening Reception for Steena Fullmer and Anna Radjou exhibition, Gallery Underground, Info here.

11/5 – “Jewish Musical Treasures,” National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston Arts Center, Info and tickets here.

11/8-1/29/2023 – “Into the Woods,” Signature Theatre, Info and tickets here.

11/20 – “A Musical Journey Around the World, Washington Balalaika Society, Kenmore Middle School, Info here.

To view the entire calendar, click here.

Tom Prewitt Fund for Theatre Arts

In 2021, the family of Tom Prewitt, formerly the Artistic Director of Avant Bard Theatre and lifelong passionate supporter of the arts in the DMV, and Embracing Arlington Arts launched a memorial fund to honor the legacy and contributions he made to the industry. Most recently, it was decided that Tom’s passion for not only the theater but also for educating young students on the arts should be critical factors in deciding how these funds should be disbursed.

We are happy to announce that starting in 2023, three arts organizations will be receiving $1,000 annually to respect these passions. Encore Stage & Studio and Educational Theatre Company will steer the funds each year to scholarships for students attending their camps. Avant Bard will use the funds as a stipend to hire a George Mason University Arts Management student to intern with the organization and obtain hands-on experience running and managing a theater company.

This is not to say that friends, family and colleagues can no longer donate to the fund! The goal is to keep this fund going for years to come. If you would like more information or want to donate in Tom’s honor, follow this link.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month
Our corporate sponsor of the month is CNA’s Educational and Charitable Fund Committee (ECFC). The Educational & Charitable Fund Committee is a nonprofit organization established by CNA in 1992 that encourages employees to support charities and to donate their time in the service of others. It organizes events to raise money for charities, donation drives and gives employees opportunities to volunteer in the community. CNA employees are dedicated to making a difference in the community, committing time, energy and treasure that demonstrates what it means to give back. Since relocating to Arlington in 2015, CEO Katherine McGrady asked CNA’s volunteer coordinators to focus on organizations in Arlington because she believes that being a good corporate neighbor is integral to CNA’s mission. Charitable activities include clothing and food drives, book sales, raffles, winter coat drives, disaster relief work, art sales, drives to collect school supplies, and holiday gift drives. Employees also serve as mentors to students in the local schools and volunteer at shelters.

“Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” Podcast:
What a unique roster of guests we had on the show in August. First, we chatted with Beatriz Paz about her event “Viva Cultura!” to help Latino Community artisans run their businesses. Next we had such an insightful discussion with Greg Geffrard, an Intimacy Choreographer who told us all about this relatively new theater industry job.

The following week we were so happy to catch up with Inner Ear Studio Founder Don Zientara who updated us on the studio (it is open!!!!) and reminisced about the many diverse bands that he has met over the years.

We next returned to the theater world and met with the new Artistic Director at Mosaic Theater Reginald Douglas who amazed us with everything that the theater is presenting and working on this upcoming season. We ended the month in the visual arts world with a discussion with artists Nan Morrison and Beth Rhyne about the 5th Arlington Visual Artist Studio Tour (AVAST) coming up next weekend.

And stay tuned – on September 28 we will be releasing our fourth “Theater/Arts Management Education Podcast Series” entitled the “Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice – Theaters Keeping the Conversation Going.” This series focuses not only on the exciting premiere of a rotating repertory production of the Emmett Till Trilogy of plays (“The Ballad of Emmett Till,” “That Summer in Sumner” (a world premiere of this play), and “Benevolence”), but also to embellish and continue the conversation about racial justice in our nation today and how the theater industry is and should be spurring those discussions. You will be able to listen here.

To listen to any of our interviews, follow this link. And if you have not already done so, please follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, GooglePodcast, or Amazon Music so you don’t miss any episodes.

Media Hits:
The SunGazette covered the release of the 2022 version of our one-stop library of study links on the “Health Benefits of the Arts.” Also, ArlNow did a cover story on our interview with the Founder of Inner Ear Studio Don Zientara.

Arts organizations continued to take advantage of the Embracing Arlington Arts underwriting of bimonthly Community Post columns in ArlNow. Signature Theatre used the opportunity to promote their upcoming season.

The Educational Theatre Company followed with a column about their many different programs for all ages. Finally, the Arlington Visual Artist Studio Tour (AVAST) published a column promoting their 5th tour coming next week.

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Thank you in advance!

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