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Artisphere Hours to Change Starting Jan. 1

by ARLnow.com December 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm 3,689 19 Comments

Following the adoption of a new business plan, Artisphere’s weekly hours will dramatically change starting Jan. 1.

The arts and cultural center, at 1101 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, will now be closed to the public on Monday and Tuesdays, except when an evening event is scheduled. It will be open 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays (or later if programming warrants), and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Whereas Artisphere was once open to the public for some 85 hours per week, it is now only scheduled to be open 37 hours per week.

“We’ve recently begun to make some changes that are part of  a larger effort to streamline Artisphere’s operations and better serve the needs of our patrons,” Artisphere Communications and Marketing Director Annalisa Meyer said in an email.

Artisphere will be closed for the duration of the holiday season — from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. When it reopens, the center will launch “Notasphere,” a month of local arts programming.

“We are very excited to launch Notasphere in January 2012, a month of fresh, innovative programming created by local arts partners from across the DC-region that includes a number of exciting programs in our Terrace Gallery—including a pop-up restaurant inspired by the recipes of Alice B. Toklas by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Carole Wagner Greenwood and an exhibition featuring the work of renowned political cartoonists,” wrote Meyer.

At Home in Virginia, a gallery exhibition originally scheduled for Jan. 8, has been canceled, Meyer said.

  • Anon

    Meyer says, the new hours are intended to “better serve the needs of our patrons.” Doesn’t that assume that the Artisphere actually has patrons?

    • Most entities would expand hours to serve the needs of the patrons. Evening hours. Weekend hours. Artisphere cuts them. Classic.

      • Anon

        Artisphere has already shown that there is no market for its service. Most businesses would have closed by now. Arlington chose to throw good money after bad.

        • Fartisphere

          Refusal to admit defeat.

        • Zoning Victim

          That is exactly why government, at any level, should not be involved in business decisions.

  • novasteve

    Better yet, why not reduce it’s open hours to ZERO and then let someone else make better use of the space?

  • KalashniKEV

    They need to change their hours to Zero.

  • Brian

    With no offense to Rosslyn, but does anyone ever go there outside 7am-5pm. Artishpere is not a destination, and now will lose whatever people on lunch they had, which was obv. low.

  • Meh

    Turn Rosslyn back into a lumberyard. Or make it all a big parking lot for Georgetown.

  • Glebe Roader

    Close. It. Down. Now.

  • Tre

    I’d like to organize an ARLnow meet up at the Artisphere… kind of like a high-end occupy except we all have tea and macarons and discuss the implications of wasted tax payer funds.

    • Anon

      I’m buying! Wait….there’s no restaurant…..

  • Wayne Kubicki

    Been over two hours now, and not one of you has picked up on the irony of the January exhibition at Artisphere being named “Notasphere.”

    How disappointing!!

    Happy Holidays to my fellow ARLnow readers.

    • Not a Sphere, unless I keep eating at Ray’s

      Good point. They name the place “art is fear” and are surprised when no one comes. Now they’re trying “notice fear”. Still, no one’s gonna notice.

  • Jennifer

    I am one of the many people who live in Rosslyn (although yes, more people work here than live). It’s unfortunate that so many great things in Rosslyn (farmer’s market, happy hour) cater to people that work there, rather than its residents. I’d be more likely to hit up the Artisphere if they advertised better about what is going on there (I think their website sucks), and had better advertised their failed restaurant (which I forgot about completely).

  • Shocked

    I am actually glad they are cutting the hours. This should hasten its demise.

  • John Andre

    Does anyone go to their dances??? The Artisphere has [or had] live-band dances on Wednesday evenings and perhaps on weekends.

    The Clarendon Ballroom is more convenient…it’s on ART 41. The bus from my neighborhood to Rosslyn [ART 45] does not run on evenings or weekends. Sure, I could take Metro to Rosslyn [after first taking a bus to Pentagon City!] but Metro is becoming increasingly unreliable with its continual trackwork and parts falling from trains; it’s also more expensive.

  • John Andre

    More on Metro…they seem to be adopting a policy of higher fares for lousier service. They are now seeking yet another fare increase!

    • Facepalm

      Well its either increase the fares and cut back service or else fire their incompentent management and lower their salaries…I guess fare increases it is! Welcome to the wonderful world of government sponsored “enterprise.”


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