Arlington’s healthcare providers, doctors, first responders and everyone else on the front lines of this battle against the coronavirus should be applauded for keeping us healthy and treating those who are sick. We thank them for their service.
Also, during this crisis, our emotional well-being is at risk. For that reason, we wanted to say thank you to the performing arts organizations, music groups and art galleries which are “keeping the lights on” while concurrently struggling with outstanding bills, laying off staff, actors and contractors, canceling performances and facing a very uncertain future. (According to an Americans for the Arts survey, estimated economic impact on the Arts and Cultural Sector is already over $4.98 billion.)
From theater productions to dances to concerts to gallery tours to art classes, our craving for brain stimulation is readily available online due to the ingenuity of arts and culture organizations, bringing new meaning to a saying by renowned dancer Twyla Tharp: “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”
Interested in what online productions are available from Arlington organizations? Embracing Arlington Arts has a continually updated list on our calendar page. Holding tickets to a cancelled show? Please donate them back to help theaters overcome this financial catastrophe.
We know the arts will help heal our community, bring us together, and be part of the solution when we get on the other side of this crisis. We can’t wait to see everyone at the next theater production, concert or gallery opening.