Arlington, VA

This Community Post was written by Embracing Arlington Arts and underwritten by Washington Workplace.

  • School children earning higher grades. High schoolers scoring better on their SATs. Senior citizens keeping their brains stimulated to help stave off neurological diseases.
  • Veterans successfully battling PTSD. Higher percentages of residents volunteering in their community. Lower unemployment numbers. Persons with physical disabilities (like Parkinson’s) improving their motor skills.
  • More active voters. Young adults getting confidence to speak in public. Local restaurants busier and earning higher revenue. Mentally ill patients staying calmer for longer periods of time.

Pie in the sky aspirations for Arlington? Not at all. These outcomes are all proven to be the result when a community has active and vibrant arts and culture programs available to all ages living in that community. That is why Embracing Arlington Arts keeps spreading the word as far and wide as possible about the importance of arts and culture.

Founded a little over two years ago, this citizens group’s mission is to inform others about the importance and diversity of the arts, artists and arts organizations in our community; celebrate the critical contributions the arts make to all sectors of our County; spearhead initiatives that maintain and grow the County’s cultural identity; and spread the word about the diverse performance and cultural events held in Arlington.

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This Community Post was written by UrbanArias and underwritten by Washington Workplace.

Elvis Costello wrote an opera? Well — not exactly. Costello wrote a song cycle called The Juliet Letters, and it is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard.

I’m Robert Wood, Executive and Artistic Director of UrbanArias, the D.C. area’s contemporary opera company. We’re producing a staged version of The Juliet Letters, Costello’s iconic crossover work, at Signature Theatre on July 11, 12, 13 and 14.

The Juliet Letters is a series of 20 pop/classical fusion songs for voice and string quartet. The songs are a collection of letters that could have been written to or from the fictional Juliet Capulet — love letters, begging letters, Dear John letters, junk mail, suicide notes, pieces of graffiti. Popular D.C. theater director Cara Gabriel has staged the songs in a way that explores how we communicate with each other about love, whether by letter, by text, or even by Ouija board.

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The Spiggle Law Firm, which focuses on discrimination due to pregnancy and other family care issues is joining with Mindful Return, a program aimed at parents returning to work after parental leave, to co-host its popular Parents at Work podcast each month.

Since its launch in 2017, Parents at Work has tackled a number of top issues for working parents, including how to get more sleep, how to balance entrepreneurship with parenthood and how to improve your productivity so you can spend more time with your family.

Starting this month, the podcast is focusing on parents in different industries or professions, with separate conversations featuring several mothers and several fathers discussing their experiences. It will be co-hosted by Tom Spiggle, founder of the Spiggle Law Firm and a former federal prosecutor, and Mindful Return founder Lori Mihalich-Levin, a regulatory lawyer.

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Join us for our next seminar where local professionals come together to educate people about the divorce process.

This seminar offers non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process and move forward with confidence toward a new life.

This seminar’s professionals will include: Dusty Sparrow Reed and William Miller, Family Law Attorneys; Cecile Hult, Certified Divorce Financial Adviser; John Hurst, High-conflict Mediator and Co-parenting Coordinator.

Light food and beverages provided. Registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Participants must arrive by 6 p.m. when elevators convert to pass-only usage.

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This Community Post was written by Educational Theatre Company and underwritten by Washington Workplace.

For the past 20 years, the Educational Theatre Company (ETC) has maintained a mission to facilitate transformation through the arts by offering year-round programming to ages 3 to 103.

ETC’s longest running summer camp is the Shakespeare Summer Classic Camp, where students from ages eight to eighteen jump into one of Shakespeare’s plays for a three week intensive — developing language, performance and directing skills. Summer Classic is structured to create a performing ensemble of all the campers as well as give the teen campers an opportunity to direct in addition to acting.

Each teen works with a fellow teen camper to stage and direct a full scene of the play using the younger campers as actors. The teens gain valuable leadership skills by playing the part of actor and director. Inclusion of the younger campers challenges teen and youth to work together to achieve an end goal where each camper’s contributions are essential.

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Encore Stage & Studio is looking for a diverse group of high school students who are interested in acting, dancing and researching local history for its Flip the Script production.

Theatre is a powerful tool for examining the past and discerning intersections with the present. Encore Stage & Studio’s Flip the Script project seeks to develop an original theatre piece focused on Arlington, Virginia’s African American voices.

This program will use first person accounts from locals who experienced the desegregation of Arlington County Schools and utilize Arlington County Library’s recorded histories, in addition to site visits and support from historians.

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Before the advent of the internet and online advertising as we know it, businesses and organizations relied heavily upon direct mail as their primary marketing channel.

It was a time-tested and reliable way of driving new leads and foot traffic through the front door. Over the past few years, the costs of paid online advertising have gotten so competitive and cost-prohibitive that many companies are now once again turning to direct mail.

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Second Saturday: What Everyone Needs to Know About Divorce!

Join us for our next seminar where local professionals come together to educate people about the divorce process. This seminar offers non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process and move forward with confidence toward a new life.

This seminar’s professionals will include: William Miller, Family Law Attorney; Cecile Hult, Certified Divorce Financial Adviser; John Hurst, High-conflict Mediator and Co-parenting Coordinator.

Light food and beverages provided. Registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Participants must arrive by 6 p.m. when elevators convert to pass-only usage.

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This Community Post was written by Encore Stage & Studio and underwritten by Washington Workplace.

In this world premiere musical, adapted from the book, The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker published by Disney Hyperion, Clementine gets nervous when her teacher announces that her class will be putting on a talent show.

Clementine must find an act to perform for the show. But with only a few days to do so, can she put it together in time? Encore Stage & Studio and Kid Pan Alley proudly present The Talented Clementine running May 31-June 9, at Gunston Arts Center. Kid Pan Alley worked with Carlin Springs Elementary and schools in its residency program to create lyrics and music for the production.

“This is a story about self-discovery and confidence,” says Sara Duke, Encore’s Executive Director. “What makes this production even more special is the collaboration of elementary students with professionals to write the songs for the production.”

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