Arlington, VA

A Christmas Poem for the Arts in Arlington

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

Twas the night before opening
And all through the cast
Nerves were a-jingling
But that would not last

The set was all built
Flood lights shining bright
But one thing was missing
There was no stage in sight

Iota and Spectrum had closed
Artisphere was no more
And Virginia Square black box
Would never open its door

Synetic Theater
Its future in doubt
Theatergoers in Arlington
Prepare for a drought

Arts groups are leaving
And restaurants are hurting
‘Cause theatregoers spend money
Nearer their play’s curtain

But we are committed
To turn things around
By building a theater
In an Arlington town

We hope you will help us
With support and big hearts
And throughout 2019
Keep Embracing Arlington Arts

While this poem is light-hearted, the concern is real about the dearth of quality performing arts/live music venues in Arlington. Not only does this hurt the County culturally, but economically it dampens our economy. Arts entities employ 6,124 people in 658 businesses representing 5.1 percent of the total number of businesses in Arlington. Over $18 million of economic activity in Arlington is derived from audience expenditures, including dining, parking, ticket sales and other purchases made during their night out.

Let’s build a performing arts venue to ensure continued incorporation of arts and culture in our everyday lives, as well as support local restaurants who depend on Arlingtonians spending dollars in Arlington, not in DC and Maryland.

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