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This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Pop-ups have emerged as a fun and insightful tool to explore new and innovative ways to activate public spaces. They provide an inexpensive opportunity to experiment with what works at a particular location (and what doesn’t).

We need YOUR inspiration and input for a flexible outdoor arts and gathering space planned for 2700 South Nelson Street in Green Valley, which will be designed following the planned demolition of the existing building this fall. Arlington Cultural Affairs is working with public art and placemaking firm Graham Projects to design this future arts space.

The acquisition of this property aligns with multiple goals of several adopted plans and policies, including the 2018 Four Mile Run Valley Area Plan that proposed a vision of a larger Arts & Industry District for the area that includes a mix of arts, creative activities, industrial, service and production uses. Additionally, the purchase aligns with the County’s Public Spaces Master Plan and the Arlington Arts and Culture Strategy, all of which look for temporary or “pop-up” uses of space for the availability of public art or other cultural opportunities.

Share YOUR thoughts and ideas online for a new creative, open space at 2700 South Nelson Street: https://2700nelson.grahamprojects.com/  Or check out the next pop-up from 6-8 pm on Thursday, May 26th, at New District Brewing Company, 2709 So. Oakland Street.

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By Michelle Isabelle-Stark, Director at Arlington Arts

Not long after I began working for Arlington County, Arlington Arts launched the Arlington Art Truck: a bold new project to take curated and interactive visual art experiences out into the community to where people congregate. Five years in, the program has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.

The Arlington Art Truck is a curated mobile tool box for artists-in-residence to engage the public from April to October in interactive art projects designed to blur the line between participant and presenter, citizen and government. Nominated for the 2019 Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts, the concept was launched in 2018 with a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Its activations have recently garnered media attention from WTOP 103.5 FM and NBC WRC4 TV news. But recently, we’ve begun to receive a more personally meaningful level of feedback about its impact: from the community.

“[The Arlington Art Truck] was at the Lubber Run Farmer’s Market, and I met a resident whose daughter has been following us since day-one,” says Special Projects Curator Cynthia Connolly. “Inspired by the way art engages people, her daughter is now considering studying Urban Design in college and wants to volunteer on the Art Truck!”

As part of its structure, the Arlington Art Truck works across County departments, featuring various ‘ride-along’ partners whose missions happen to coordinate with a particular arts activation, ranging from recycling to biking to work. In the current project with artist Laure Drogoul, our own Textile Studio helped Arlington’s Solid Waste Bureau by doing an on-location demonstration of sewing on patches with the new County logo on uniforms with the old logo that would otherwise have gone to a landfill.

“Although small in scope, this simple action demonstrates how the County can walk the talk when it comes to sustainability and waste reduction,” noted Erik Grabowsky, Solid Waste Bureau Chief for Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services. “Instead of purchasing new apparel with the new logo, we are prolonging the life of our work clothes by simply changing out the logo. [We] find value in these sustainability lessons artistically taught to an audience who might not hear it otherwise.”

From community members to arts professionals, to government agencies, the Arlington Art Truck provides a simple pop-up platform for revealing the arcane and unseen wonder of our everyday experience through an artistic lens, outside the confines of a four-walled gallery or museum. I’m inspired for what the next five years will bring.

To keep up with the Arlington Art Truck, bookmark the ArlingtonArts.org website, and follow @arttruckarlington on Instagram.

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This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Looking for fun ways to engage the whole family in Earth Day? A day-long street festival, Earth Day Every Day features live music, great food, kids art activities, a native plant sale, environmental education activities, and even a sustainable art market.

The event takes place from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, in front of the Lee Heights Shops, 4500 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22207.

Presented by the Langston Boulevard Alliance, this is a day for our community to come together to celebrate the beauty and promise of our local environment and the planet. Every year, communities worldwide uplift Earth Day to mark the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It reminds us all to do what we can, in ways small and significant, to restore, conserve and protect our environment. The festival offers a whole range of opportunities to engage!

Peruse the Sustainable Art Market, featuring a broad selection of eco-friendly finds. The vendors include: Circuit Breaker Labs — wearable and decorative art created from circuit boards, capacitors and other electronic trash; Elodie’s Naturals — ECOCERT plant-based skin care products; Debra Fabian Jewelry — made from ethically sourced gems and recycled semi-precious metals, and much more.

Recently featured on WTOP 103.5 FM, you can peruse FROM OUR WAIST TO WASTE: Is Fashion Sustainable (?), the latest installation of the Arlington Art Truck. Artist Laure Drogoul explores how our decisions about clothing and textile purchases have affected our environment and community and what we can do about it. To provide the soundtrack for your day, Arlington Arts also helped to program the diverse array of noted performing artists (including several Washington Area Music Award winners).

Jasmine Gillison — A fast-rising Arlington singer-songwriter with a distinctive fingerpicking style.
Calista Garcia — 2022 WAMMIE “Best Folk Song” (After You’ve Gone). The Voice (Season 16).
Bobby Thompson — the 2018 WAMMIE “Best Blues Album” the singer-songwriter is working on his 7th album.
Justin Trawick — Recently featured on CNN, Voice of America and Parade magazine, the nationally-known performer won a 2014 WAMMIE for “Song of the Year” (All the Places That I’ve Been).

Visit the Arlington Public Library Truck for a variety of Earth Day activities: write a postcard imagining the future of Langston Boulevard, pick up some Earth Day coloring sheets, and attend a storytime by one of their children’s librarians. You can sign up for a library card and check out some books when you visit!

With all that dancing and shopping, you’re sure to work up an appetite, so taste the flavors of food vendors Arrowine & Cheese, Lebanese Taverna, Old Dominion Pizza and Starbucks Coffee! Then burn some calories by joining the artists of the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA) for an afternoon of painting. Barry Keith has designed a hands-on climate change mural project for kids of all ages. Or join Arlington Parks and Recreation to make some 3-D paper sculptures.

That’s just a sample of the fun activities taking place as part of Earth Day Every Day, on Sunday, April 24. For a complete schedule of vendors and activities, visit Earthdayonlangston.com.

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This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Have you ever wondered about how our decisions about fashion, clothing and textile purchases have affected our environment and community and what we can do about it?

The latest installation of the award-winning Arlington Art Truck tackles these questions in FROM OUR WAIST TO WASTE: Is Fashion Sustainable (?) by artist Laure Drogoul, April 2 through May 22, at numerous activations throughout Arlington.

Learn about the history of American clothing as it relates to fashion, costume, cultural identity, garment construction and textile waste. Browse the Artist’s sculptural tent made of deconstructed garments that range in time period, style and material. Each garment has a label with information about its’ historical context.

Arlington Art Truck staff will model garments and answer questions about sustainability and fashion. Additionally, pick up a free Risograph-printed zine, created by the artist, which provides “close the loop” recycling solutions for discarded garments and textiles.

The project also solved a problem for another county agency that found itself with stacks of new work uniforms emblazoned with the old county logo. Our Community Partner for this project is Arlington Cultural Affairs’ Textile Studio which will be on-site at Art Truck activations sewing on patches featuring the new county logo.

The endeavor is saving thousands of dollars, as well as saving perfectly good uniforms from the landfill. A representative from the Textile Studio will be on-hand to answer your questions about how to repurpose items in your own home.

About Arlington Art Truck:

Launching to acclaim in 2018 with a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arlington Art Truck was a finalist for Americans for the Arts’ 2019 Gard Award for Arts and Community Life. The Arlington Art Truck embodies the Arlington Arts mission to revolutionize the traditional model of an arts venue.

Packed with digital and traditional creative tools, the “Truck” is a curated mobile toolbox for artists. From April through October, three artists-in-residence hit the streets engaging the public in art projects which are designed to blur the line between participant and presenter.

About the Artist:

Laure Drogoul is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and maintains a studio in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Laure’s work embraces humor and play by inviting the viewer to be an active participant. She is engaged in developing strategies that emphasize people’s relationships to each other and in fostering a deeper understanding of our shared world.

Laure’s project for the Arlington Art Truck is a tactile information hub about fashion sustainability that invites the viewer to consider possible solutions to the ever-growing global environmental crisis.

About the Community Partner:

A program of Arlington Arts, The Textile Studio is a pop-up makerspace with a focus on recycling and reuse of fabrics and clothing and will offer workshops on sewing techniques to enable sewers to learn about the reuse of existing garments and how to create new ones.

The project kicks off on Saturday, April 2 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) at Arlington Farmers Market, North Uhle & 14th Street N., (Courthouse Metro). Visit our webpage for the full schedule of activations throughout Arlington!

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When “Summer Camp” for youth comes to mind, most of us probably think of canoeing on a lake, or hiking through mountainous terrain. However, a number of Arlington arts organizations offer young people an adventure in their own creativity through the arts!

Most of the organizations have offered these programs for many years, but they are of particular importance as all of us continue to re-emerge from the challenges of the pandemic. Each of the organizations are grantee organizations that receive funding through Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development that delivers public programs as Arlington Arts.

Whether through movement, visual art, film, or theatre, here are several choices from well-known Arlington-based presenters:

  • Arlington Arts Center (Ages 5-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 14-18)
    Campers will go on an artistic journey and explore the visual arts through exciting projects in 2D and 3D media while learning about new and different artistic techniques and contemporary artists working in the world today! June 27 through August 26.
  • ETC: Educational Theatre Company (Pre K-K, K-2nd, 3rd-6th, 7th-12th)
    Camp topics include: acting, film, directing, improvisation, playwrighting, Shakespeare, musical theatre and more! From in-person half-day camps for pre-schoolers to multi-week teen intensives, ETC has a camp for everyone. June 13 through August 26.
  • Encore Stage & Studio (Ages 3-5, 5-9, 8-12, 11-15)
    From our youngest theatre lovers to high schoolers, Encore Stage & Studio offers a summer experience tailored especially for them to explore their creativity. June 21-August 26.
  • Jane Franklin Dance (Ages 5-9, 6-11)
    Young dancers participate in dance and movement classes, art projects, and creative assignments during in-person week-long camps. Enrollment for Summer 2022 is limited per camp week. Enroll today to save your place. June 21 through August 19.
  • Synetic Theater (Ages 8-19, 11-4, High School)
    Offering both Spring and Summer sessions, Synetic Theater presents a wide array of camps for students of all ages and interests from movement and acting, to the backstage intricacies of theater tech! Camps are designed to get students up and moving around and are geared to students of all experience levels — no theater or performance skills required. June 21 through August 26.

Whatever the interests of the young person in your life, there’s an Arts Camp that can help them tap into their creativity.

Click on the hyperlinks above for details, fees and scholarship opportunities where available. Please note that enrollment is more limited than usual due to COVID-19 precautions. Please review the specific rules and requirements set by the respective providers in accordance with CDC guidelines.

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History is all around us every day, but Black History Month offers the perfect time to highlight important milestones in the County’s history.

For the last four years, Arlington Arts has been working with an artist to highlight various aspects of this history through art, culminating in The Desegregation of Arlington Lunch Counters: 60th Anniversary Tribute by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

Being received at a restaurant with a welcoming smile and a warm meal would seem the basic expectation for any customer. Sadly, well into the 1960s widespread segregation denied such everyday courtesies to African-Americans and other people of color. While the sit-ins at Maryland’s popular Glen Echo Amusement Park are better remembered today, they were in-fact precipitated by the sit-ins at Arlington earlier that same summer, between June 9 and 22, in 1960.

In one of the photos above, sit-in participant Joan Mulholland (resting elbow on counter) watches as fellow activist Dion Diamond is confronted by angry youths. The protests were a resounding success, and on June 22, most Arlington lunch counters announced that they were desegregating.

The original project was curated by the Arlington Art Truck and Arlington Public Art which are programs of Arlington Arts. It is in collaboration with the County’s Historic Preservation Program, Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History and Arlington Transit’s Art on the ART bus program. The community partner for the project is the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington.

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., creates prints, posters and postcards from handset wood and metal type, oil-based inks, and eco-friendly chipboard. Much of his work is inspired by proverbs, sayings and quotes that are significant to the place he is working. Kennedy interviewed local residents, historians and participants in the sit-ins, and the placards contain poignant quotes from several of these individuals.

Initially planned for the Anniversary year (Summer, 2020) and delayed by the pandemic, the project launched in the Summer of 2021, with installations at or near the site of the original lunch counters. Upon the conclusion of those activations, the additional facets were developed to allow for continued engagement with the history.

Riders of public transportation can see the series of posters the Artist designed along the same themes via the decade-old Art on the ART Bus program — a partnership between Arlington Arts and Arlington Transit.

Instead of the ads for soap, salsa and soda that riders expect to see in the overhead frames, thousands of Arlington commuters regularly experience original artwork as they head to their jobs. Sometimes there are up to three specially outfitted Art on the ART Bus vehicles in circulation, each scheduled randomly each day, bringing art to a different route through Arlington.

Our collaboration with the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington resulted in an exhibit which features images of the landmark sit-in’s, which will be on display through December, 2022. During your visit, you can pick up a free set of Amos Kennedy’s postcards (while supplies last). You can take a sneak peek at the exhibit via this feature that aired on WRCTV NBC4.

For more information about The Desegregation of Arlington Lunch Counters: 60th Anniversary Tribute by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. and how to engage during Black History Month and beyond, visit our website.

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By Michelle Isabelle-Stark, Director at Arlington Arts

If you are like me, 2021 might seem like something of a blur. It can be difficult to chart progress when significant leaps forward are followed by a couple of steps backward, followed by another step ahead.

In fact, there have been many signs of progress and hope for the arts field. As Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development, moves forward in 2022 we take inspiration from a year filled with significant successes.

Advancing the Arts In Arlington

During the year, the County’s Arts Program led the arts community’s steady but measured return to in-person presentations and performances in the face of the lingering impacts of the pandemic and delivered an impressive string of projects which are continuing into 2022. For example, staff reimagined interactive Arlington Art Truck installations as to-go or take-and-make activations and scaled down signature in-person events to encompass virtual elements. The acquisition of new live- streaming technology ensured cultural affairs programs touched the lives of even more community members.

2021 Highlights

Commemorating Arlington’s Civil Rights History: Art and history intersected in A Tribute to the Desegregation of Arlington Lunch Counters by artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the historic 1960 sit-ins. The project employed an innovative social media campaign to direct patrons to self-serve kiosks at, or near, the seven original sit-in locations. A collaboration between the Arlington Art Truck and Arlington Public Art, the project garnered wide media attention ranging from WRC-TV NBC4 to WTOP 103.5 FM.

Lubber Run Amphitheater Concerts: Encouraging social distancing and masking, the Lubber Run Amphitheater Summer Concerts resumed in-person performances. Nationally acclaimed blues singer-songwriter Chris Pierce opened the season to capacity crowds that continued through much of the summer.

Highlights of Arlington Arts Program

Working with the County’s performing arts groups, staff created the all-Arlington-based Spotlight Series at Lubber Run Amphitheater, representing the first public performances for many groups since the start of the pandemic. It opened with Synetic Theater’s Shhhhhakespeare Revue. To expand audiences and to allow for participation of patrons not comfortable with in-person performances, the County live-streamed most of the concerts over YouTube, a successful first endeavor.

Collaboration with County Business Improvement Districts: Through collaboration with County BIDs and Partnerships, several signature Arlington events returned safely and successfully as ‘scaled-down’ in-person activations with attendance limited by reservations to allow social-distancing. A highlight was the September Rosslyn Jazz Fest.

Co-presented with the Rosslyn BID, it featured nationally acclaimed regional performers. Similarly, the Columbia Pike Blues Fest returned, utilizing a smaller footprint to allow for controlled access and social distancing. The Columbia Pike Partnership coordinated discounts and promotions with area restaurants for attendees and live-streamed pre-festival concerts in partnership with the Manoukian Rug Shop.

Moving Words Poetry Competition and Light Projections: The student component of the annual Moving Words Poetry Competition resumed in the fall, as part of the County’s partnership with APS Pick-A-Poet program. ART bus passengers enjoyed the winning poems of student and adult poets, showcased in the overhead display panels of the entire fleet. Another collaboration with APS, Collaboration Through Isolation, projected students’ post-COVID-19 aspirations outside their high schools

Updated Public Art Master Plan

In November, the County Board approved the first update to the Public Art Master Plan (PAMP) since its adoption in 2004. Positioning public art as integral to distinguishing our civic realm, the Plan outlines a strategy for how public art will improve the quality of public spaces and the built environment for civic placemaking in Arlington. As a sub-element of the Public Spaces Master Plan (PSMP), it offers guidance for future planning efforts as the County and private developers make investments in civic facilities and new developments, within the consideration of other County priorities and plans.

Staff began the process to update the document in 2017 with an intense phase of research, followed by robust community engagement, including steering committees, a widely distributed questionnaire, public open houses, and two artist-led community engagement activities.

The updated PAMP newly positions public art as integral to the County’s evolving priorities, such as fostering equity, protecting its natural resources through sustainable practices, leveraging its innovative businesses and workforce, and creating a sense of place in its urbanizing corridors. It accomplishes those goals while preserving some of the strongest aspects of Arlington’s approach to public art — its fundamental commitment to artistic quality, its focus on engaging with the most treasured places in Arlington’s public realm, and its flexibility in working with many partners to achieve outcomes that satisfy a broad range of goals.

As a result, public art will continue to be a timely and timeless resource, responding to current community priorities while creating a legacy collection of artworks that provide shape and meaning to places that are socially inclusive and aesthetically diverse features of Arlington’s public realm.

To follow the arts scene in Arlington during the exciting year ahead, bookmark our website, or follow Arlington Arts on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Smoky Mountain by Donna Lomangino

This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Dominion Electric Supply in North Arlington has partnered with the Arlington Artists Alliance and local food and wine vendors for Lighting Our Community With Art — a series of community art shows at their space on Langston Blvd., featuring numerous member artists.

Opening in January, the first 2022 exhibition features work by ceramicist Lieve Dewulf, mixed media artists Tom Mulczynski,and Pat Loudis, and painters Donna Lomangino, Rebecca McNeely and Andrea Schellman.

Gallery Underground, the juried gallery of the Arlington Artists Alliance, has been named our region’s “Best Art Gallery” in Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2021 reader survey, and has received a 2021 “Arlies” as one of Arlington’s “Best Shops” from the readers of ARLnow. Located in the Crystal City Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202, this visual arts venue showcases the work of established and emerging regional artists. In addition to monthly rotating exhibitions, Gallery Underground hosts a variety of community events, like lunchtime paint-ins and dance and musical performances. Gallery Underground is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA), in partnership with the National Landing Business Improvement District (BID), and JBG Smith.

This off-site exhibition will take place at Dominion Electric, 5053 Langston Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22207. The exhibit runs from January 3 through February 28, 2022, with an opening reception planned for Saturday, January 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information about the exhibit and the Arlington Artists Alliance, visit: www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org.

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Moving Words Poetry Art Bus (courtesy Arlington Arts)

This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

The collaboration between Arlington Transit and Arlington Arts has placed poetry in motion for 23 years.

Making poetry a part of daily life for commuters by displaying the work of local poets aboard Arlington’s ART buses, submissions are now being accepted for the Moving Words Poetry Competition 2022.

Moving Words was launched in 1999 during National Poetry Month and is sponsored by Arlington Transit and Arlington Arts.

Originally held in partnership with Metrobus/WMATA, Moving Words launched a new partnership with Arlington Transit for its 16th year. A parallel Student Competition is held in the fall as the culmination of the Pick a Poet project, a partnership between Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project, which places professional poets in APS classrooms.

Moving Words Call for Poems (courtesy Arlington Arts)

Call for Submissions 

Poems of up to 10 lines may be submitted for consideration (submission deadline: January 15, 2022). The winning poems will be displayed inside ART buses between March and October, 2022. Last year, 211 poems were submitted for consideration by 85 poets. This year’s competition will be judged by Arlington poet Courtney LeBlanc.

Seven poems will be selected to be printed on colorful placards and displayed prominently on area buses, enlivening the ride for thousands of commuters. Each winner will also receive a $250 honorarium. Winning poems will be posted on www.ArlingtonArts.org and will be archived on the Arlington County CommuterPage.com website.

Poets who live within the D.C. Metro transit area (the Northern Virginia counties Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church; the District of Columbia; and the Maryland counties Montgomery and Prince George’s) and are over 18-years old are eligible. There is no fee to enter.

Moving Words 2021 May Mei Lee Panel (courtesy Arlington Arts)

About the Judge

Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the full length collections Exquisite Bloody, Beating Heart (Riot in Your Throat, 2021), Beautiful & Full of Monsters (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2020)The Violence Within (Flutter Press, 2018), and All in the Family (Bottlecap Press, 2016), and a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She loves nail polish, tattoos and a soy latte each morning. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Submission Form

To enter, please complete the submission form by January 15, 2022. Access the firm directly at this link.

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The New York Times Magazine devoted an entire issue to Losing Earth: A Recent History, Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking chronicle which became an instant journalistic phenomenon — the subject of international news coverage and editorials.

Arlington Public Library invites you to join an online conversation between the novelist and essayist and Library Director Diane Kresh.

The event is supported by EcoAction Arlington, a County program which also has been a community partner for Arlington Art Truck projects rooted in issues of sustainability, will share tips and resources during the YouTube premiere.

About the Book

By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change — including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story, and ours. In its emphasis on the lives of the people who grappled with the great existential threat of our age, it made vivid the moral dimensions of our shared plight. Now expanded into book form, Losing Earth tells the human story of climate change in even richer, more intimate terms.

About the Author

Nathaniel Rich is the author of Losing Earth: A Recent History (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Award, and a winner of awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists and the American Institute of Physics. He is also the author of the novels King Zeno (MCD/FSG, 2018); Odds Against Tomorrow (FSG, 2013); and The Mayor’s Tongue (Riverhead, 2008). Rich’s short fiction has been published by McSweeney’s, Esquire, Vice, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the American Scholar; he was awarded the 2017 Emily Clark Balch Prize for Fiction and is a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award for Fiction.

Rich is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to The Atlantic, Harper’s, and The New York Review of Books. His reported pieces have appeared in various anthologies, including the Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Register here to watch on Arlington Public Library’s Youtube channel, where you can enter to win a free copy of Rich’s book!

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Ten Arlington ceramic artists are among those participating in the Alexandria Clay CoOp’s annual Holiday Pottery Sale.

Get a head-start on your holiday gift shopping while you support local artists on Saturday, November 13. More than 20 regional artisans will offer everything from functional ware such as mugs, servers and bowls, to decorative sculptural work of every kind.

Alexandria Clay CoOp is a 70 member ceramic studio who enjoy the shared experience of creating a variety of functional and nonfunctional ceramics. ACC offers a full array of pottery services and equipment. Outfitted with 20 Brent B and C wheels, 4 cone 6 L&L electric kilns, a 2 slab rollers, 2 extruders, etc. everything an artist needs to turn their artistic visions into reality.

Six to ten member’s ceramics will be on display in their gallery for a two month period. The displayed work will change every two months to allow as many members as possible to benefit from the gallery space.

So, exhale… You’ve found the solution to your holiday gifting needs! Check out the annual Holiday Pottery Sale at the Alexandria Clay CoOp, 2389 S. Dove Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314.

For information about the sale and the CoOp, visit www.alexandriaclaycoop.com.

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