This column is written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
In a typical office building, two companies can be located just down the hall from one another for years and barely have an inkling about what the other does. But collaborating with partners is a great way for organizations to network and increase visibility.
Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili return to the stage together in a one-night only presentation of Pygmalion & Galatea for the First Annual Synetic Theater Celebration.
The performance honors the theater’s Founding Company Member Philip Fletcher and Founding Board Member Ina Milton. The cast includes Tori Bertocci, Irina Kavsadze, Alex Mills and Dallas Tolentino, well-known names to devotees of this Arlington-based company, the winner of 27 Helen Hayes Awards.
The party then literally moves across the street to Gallery Underground, where the post-performance reception will take place amid their current national juried all-media show, Hot/Cool.
The terms “hot” and “cool” can describe color, temperature, popular culture, appearance, personality… or a theater performance. The works on display will explore and interpret these qualities. Also featured, along with new works by Gallery members, are works by painter Anna Schalk.
Taking the reception on the road is a great way to way to introduce loyal theatre goers to another cultural amenity just steps away from Synetic. The event takes place on Tuesday, May 15 with cocktails starting at 6 p.m. and a 7 p.m. curtain.
This is a column written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
We all know that you have to go to medical school to become a licensed physician and to law school to be a Bar certified attorney. However, companies providing innovative solutions and developing new products are starting to notice that the background of their workforce may need to be more creative and less linear.
Smart, educated workers who demonstrate more than subject matter expertise are more and more in demand.
While you probably won’t find ‘can you draw?’ on a job application, human resource professionals are digging deeper to find a workforce that will make their company stand out.
This month, Arlington Economic Development launches the next series of seminars: “Return on Creativity: An Arlington County Asset.”
The series will feature professionals and educators who are leading business and workforce growth through the application of creativity. This creativity is driven through talent availability, process improvements and innovative solutions.
Additionally, the series offers networking opportunities, first-hand insights and compelling evidence that Arlington County is an accelerator to personal and organizational growth and prosperity.
Arlington’s culture of creativity drives startup, non-profit, association and corporate success. Over the past 10 years, Arlington County has earned a reputation of nurturing a creatively-driven commerce and community through policy, technology, education and development. Arlington County is home to businesses and people who contribute to the county’s fiscal and social prosperity through a focus on creativity.
Join the next conversation and register here for Return on Creativity: An Arlington County Asset, Thursday, April 26 at Virginia Tech Research Center.
Check here for ongoing creative economy listings and opportunities.
This is a column written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
“Space… The final frontier.”
It can certainly feel that way to arts presenters in the Washington metropolitan area, where space is such a precious commodity. That’s why it pays to think outside the box and cultivate partnerships with organizations that might not immediately seem a natural fit “…to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Take, for example, the series of Full Dome Projections by visual artists at the David M. Brown Planetarium.
Co-presented by Arlington Arts with the Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium, the latest immersive screening is In The Midst of the Inferno by artist Jonathan Monaghan, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20, 21 and 22 with multiple screenings occurring on the half-hour throughout the weekend (see Eventbrite for screening times).
Called “one of the best and most innovative projects in the region” in Washington City Paper’s “The Year In Galleries, 2017,” the Free series has drawn enthusiastic new audiences to this hidden gem, while providing a new venue option for regional artists.
Eliciting subconscious fears surrounding authority and wealth, Monaghan’s critical reflection on power in the digital age is a journey through surreal environments evoking science fiction and high-security luxury apartments: a world both absurd and dystopian, yet eerily familiar.
Note that an Artist Talk by Jonathan Monaghan will accompany the Opening Night screenings, at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. only. The David M. Brown Planetarium is located at 1426 N. Quincy Street in Arlington. The event is free but space is limited and patrons are encouraged to RSVP in advance.
This is a column written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
Anyone in the workforce knows that it is essential to keep your resume in top form, showcase your skills expertly and to position yourself to be compensated fairly.
An upcoming series of workshops is designed to build capacity in this regard for artists and creatives! Join arts consultant Kori Johnson for a series of three workshops taking place from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 21 and 28.
Presented by the Arts Enterprise Institute, a program of Arlington Arts, this workshop series is part of the Springboard for the Arts “The Work of Art Toolkit: Business Skills for Artists” curriculum.
- Showing Off Your Best: Creating An Artist Portfolio — Apr. 07
Learn the essential elements of creating a professional artist portfolio. You will learn how to craft an artist statement and curate work samples that make your art shine! Register.
- It’s All About the Message: Arts Promotion Basics — Apr. 21
Create an effective promotional strategy to promote your work, and learn basic marketing and promotion techniques – defining your audience, crafting your message, writing a press release and more! Register
- Getting Your Fair Share: How to Price Your Art — Apr. 28
Learn how to set the right prices for your art and create a custom pricing strategy that honors your time and skill while remaining competitive! Register
Kori Johnson is an arts consultant based in Columbia, Maryland, with over a decade of arts education and arts administration experience in New York City, D.C. Metro and the Bay Area. Kori began her career as a middle school English teacher before transitioning into arts management in the nonprofit and local government sectors.
At DreamYard, a nationally recognized arts organization, she managed arts residency partnerships with over fifteen Bronx public schools. She then went on to manage partnerships with D.C. public schools through Turning the Page, a family engagement nonprofit. Before returning to Maryland, Kori spearheaded community outreach programs for a Bay Area art center and contemporary art gallery.
Springboard for the Arts is a nationally recognized economic and community development organization for artists by artists. Its mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information and services they need to make a living and a life. As a participant in the initiative, Arlington Arts’ Arts Enterprise Institute is bringing this recourse to Arlington’s creative community.
The cost of the workshops is $25 per session and registration is required through Eventbrite. The workshops take place at Arlington Cultural Affairs, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington. For more information, visit our website!
From the sidewalk to a coffee shop art happens everywhere, as evidenced by the photo above. Called “…one of the best and most innovative projects in the region,” (Washington City Paper, “The Year In Galleries”, 2017), Arlington Arts’ Full Dome Projection Series of artist installations takes place in the David M. Brown Planetarium.
Two upcoming activities invite public input about where art lives, as well as where artists themselves reside.
The Arlington Cultural Facilities Task Force invites you to Visioning Arlington’s Cultural Spaces, a platform for you to explore and envision future cultural spaces in Arlington, from 1-2:30 p.m., this Saturday, March 3 at Kenmore Middle School.
The task force was created to develop a vision and priorities to inform County decision making about cultural facilities, and the public is invited to provide input to guide their work.
The conversation starts by hearing your thoughts on how you express your personal creativity, the events you attend and participate in (whether in Arlington or not), and what resonates with you. You’ll also brainstorm with your neighbors about the future of arts and culture in Arlington, and your vision for Arlington’s cultural facilities and spaces.
But what about space for artists themselves?
Arlington Arts and Artspace invite artists and creatives from throughout Maryland, The District and Virginia to an Arts Market Survey Launch Event and Reception on Thursday, March 22 from 6-8 p.m. Artists within a 50 mile radius of the County are asked to participate in the survey where they’ll identify their current and future needs.
Arlington Arts is collaborating with Artspace, the highly respected national arts-based non-profit based in Minneapolis, MN, to create affordable live and/or work spaces for artists in Arlington. Artspace has consulted with hundreds of cities across the country and completed successful projects in the region, including Washington D.C. and Mt. Rainier, MD, but this will be their first project in Virginia.
While candy and flowers are a safe bet for Valentine’s Day, you may find that art is where the heart is.
Dating Advice.com recently explored a variety of romantic things to do in Arlington, ranging from restaurants and spas to live music and theater. They also gave special attention to the romantic possibilities of Arlington’s internationally acclaimed public art collection.
Some public art can even help you say “I Love You.” Echo, the interactive sculpture by Richard Deutsch at Penrose Square on Columbia Pike contains concave elliptical parabolas carved into each of the two granite monoliths that reflect and project sound.
This allows sweet nothings spoken softly into one stone to be heard by a listener at the other. When it comes down to it, quality time together is the best gift. Touring Arlington’s public art collection is a great way to explore your community and connect with each other.
Curated by the County agency Arlington Public Art, the County’s collection of contemporary works has won seven Public Art Network Year in Review Awards, the only national program recognizing excellence in public art.
From Flame in Ballston and Arlington Boulevard at Rt. 50 and 10th Street in Courthouse, to Rosslyn’s Cupid’s Garden, Dark Star Park and the recent DesignArlington award-winner, Quill, there are more than 60 intriguing works of permanent public art to explore throughout the County.
As mentioned in the Dating Advice.com column, “The idea of creating your own tour, exploring on your own in tandem with some of the great restaurants that people come to Arlington for, would be a really fun thing to do on a date,” said Angela Anderson Adams, Director of Arlington Public Art.
The County agency which oversees the Public Art program, has created a series of self-guided tour maps (on foot, via bike or car) that you can download. While it may be a bit chilly in February, that gives you the perfect excuse to cuddle as you stroll.
Building capacity is central to any discipline. It’s important to remain up to speed on best practices whether you’re a chiropractor or a calligrapher. As such, Arlington Cultural Affairs has launched two new levels of learning: one free and one for a small fee, offering a deeper level of professional development.
Arts Lab, a series of free workshops linking professional visual, film, literary and media artists and tech professionals in the arts with the Arlington community to experiment and learn new skills. The next workshop, designed primarily for those working in the field, will be Audio for Theatre, on Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m., at Theatre on the Run in Shirlington.
It will examine the components of a typical theatre sound system: wired and wireless microphones, mixing consoles, speakers and their placement, intercom and stage announcement systems, playback systems for sound effects and power sources. A portion of the program will examine the variety and differences in microphones and will help in the understanding on how to use the “right tool for the right job.”
The workshop will focus on the practical aspects of what an audio engineer needs to know to survive in today´s live entertainment environment and particularly in live theatre. This session will be taught by Luis Chavesta who brings a wealth of experience in entertainment sound including theater, music and video production. He has toured extensively both internationally and in the US.
Our new Arts Enterprise Institute is in the process of launching with the workshop Creatives and Conflict Transformations, on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday March 25, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The program will help creatives overcome patterns of intense or negative interactions by identifying communications skills that can better help you accomplish your goals.
Via Bia is an alumna of Sundance’s Latino Screenwriting Project (a script lab for Latino screenwriters), and a winner of the Virginia Screenwriting Competition for her script The Radish Baby. Before becoming a filmmaker, Via worked in the restorative justice field and taught in Mexico City. This intensive workshop costs $40 and includes breakfast and lunch each day.
We are currently planning workshops for next season and want to know what you would like to experience at the Arts Lab. Please complete this short survey to help us help you!
It’s hard to say January without resolutions. The lure of the gym, more greens on our plates, open space on our closet shelves, increased profit. Everyone’s beckoned to start anew, called to something better, just as easily as the calendar page is turned.
For creatives and businesses in Arlington, the reboot can be as simple as accessing the many resources offered all year long by Arlington County Economic Development. Without adding overhead for consultants, organizers or coaches, there’s plenty available for free. Think you’re only getting what you pay for? Think again. The support built by Arlington County for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses is an investment in keeping and attracting a diverse business base. And that helps the economy.
From business planning to design thinking, marketing, networking and growth, these resources will last long past the February fade. Check these out to get the resolve going.
Creative Economy. Plug into Arlington’s newest sector initiative that fosters a growing creative community through programs like Made in Arlington. Spotlighting makers and entrepreneurs who are testing and building their businesses in Arlington, the program has gone from one day pop-ups to a two month holiday market in partnership with Arlington Public Library. Looking to see the impact of the creative process in business? Return on Creativity: ROC will be back with seminars this spring and fall. Sign up to stay informed. Check out the blog!
BizLaunch will steer your business through all the rigors of planning, leading and growing your business. Not sure about zoning? Need a consultation with a SCORE counselor? Never heard of SCORE? This may be your best discovery of 2018. There’s plenty to learn from the experts in startups.
Directory, a free resource to any small business to get listed by industry and Urban Village.
Re-engage by applying to serve on a County Advisory commission, become a Chamber member or attend a meeting, join a board, attend a civic association meeting, connect with your area BID or Partnership. Resources are closer at hand than you may think.
Resolutions? They’re not crystal balls or silver bullets, but they are promises you’ll want to keep.
From a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), to a temporary public art installation that received regional and international media coverage, 2017 has been an incredible year for the Arlington Cultural Affairs and its presenting arm, Arlington Arts!
Arlington Cultural Affairs, the County’s arts agency, partnered with Americans for the Arts to conduct the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever undertaken in the United States. The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study reveals our industry generates $189.2 million in annual economic activity in Arlington — supporting 5,156 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $13.9 million in local and state government revenues.
While the economic benefits of our creative community are impressive, the power of the arts, especially in Arlington, is its ability to foster a sense of community. From a lunch meeting with co-workers in the Meeting Bowls created by Spanish collective mmmm…, to a conversation with your neighbor on the bus after seeing Anne Rowland’s Art on the ART Bus exhibit, the arts provided opportunities to connect with your community.
We partnered with numerous community and business organizations on events such as the Rosslyn Jazz Festival. Presented by the Rosslyn BID and programmed by Arlington Arts, the festival attendance soared to over 10,000 — a capacity crowd at Rosslyn’s Gateway Park. Also programmed by Arlington Arts, the Columbia Pike Blues Festival once again brought participants from across the County to party in the streets of South Arlington, in partnership with the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization.
What started as a partnership with Arlington Public Library and a showcase for Arlington artisans and makers, has grown to attract regional media attention and many new shoppers. Soon after the shop opened, five vendors, Mira Jean textile design, Can you Solve Me puzzles, Jules Jewels, Arlington Weaves and Dennison lane home goods were interviewed in the studios of FOX5 DC.
Even the hosts were stumped to arrange the asymmetrical ‘Can You Solve Me’ puzzle pieces into a simple shape. Also, on Friday, December 1, NBC 4 hosted their morning segment ‘Live in the Community’ on site at the Courthouse shop for the entire 6 a.m. hour. Plenty of coffee from Commonwealth Joe got the day off to a great start.
There are still lots of items in the shop that are perfect for the office gift exchange, visiting holiday relatives and the friend who has everything. Coffee, tea towels, wine stops, t-shirts, wine bottle bags, handwoven yoga mat straps and plenty of chocolate are all available. And two weekly lobby pop-up vendors are still to come.
On Thursday, December 14 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., shoppers will be treated to edible and wearable eye candy. Ruth Barzel, master jewelry designer who uses fine metals and semi-precious stones to make delectable and timeless pieces that suit anyone’s style will show off her beautiful work. The pieces are meant to reflect the wearer and be worn daily as the new favorite.
The final weekly pop-up on Thursday, December 21 will satisfy any sweet tooth. Kingsbury Chocolates is the expert in connecting the sweet experience with unusual ingredients that take the confections to a new level. Rob Kingsbury has never been one to stick to one type of sweet product. Who knew his lavender lemonade mix was the secret ingredient to a local restaurant’s summer ice pop? Come for some sweets, sample some surprises. Finish your holiday shopping in one unique place and support Arlington entrepreneurs.
The Plaza Shop is located on the 1st Floor lobby of 2100 Clarendon Blvd and will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through December 22 unless otherwise noted.
The words “grump” and Christmas may seem an unlikely pair. But for several years, the GRUMP Holiday Arts & Crafts Show has delighted those looking for unique, artist-designed and locally-sourced gift alternatives for the holidays (and those who want to see the Yeti). The popular pop-up market returns to the Crystal City Underground on Saturday, December 9 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Imagine shopping in a virtual-reality Etsy.com, and you’ll get the gist of GRUMP, which is co-sponsored by Arlington Arts, the Crystal City BID and JBG Smith. Experience 50 local makers chosen via jury. From the sublime (luxurious all-natural cosmetics) to the quirky (Lego©-covered bound journals), the vendors offer locally produced items including jewelry and bags, t-shirts, hand-milled soaps, stuffed animals, clever greeting cards and baked goods. Find something one-of-a-kind and local without browsing multiple boutiques, including:
Holland Cox handbags; Scarvelous (fabric accessories); Langdon Wood Maple Syrup (condiments); Legendary Bowties; Maré Naturals (cosmetics); Wunder Around (blown glass); Potomac Chocolate; Tigerflight (stuffed animals); Kuzeh Pottery; Craftgasm (paper craft); Becca & Mars (bath products); Sarah Cecilia Jewelry & Metal Goods; American Roadtrip Pillows; Block Party Press; Woolgathering; Bow Glass; Downward Dye; Artologica (science-inspired gifts); Spaghetti Kiss (tee shirts); Marney and swa (accessories); Splotch Monster Island; Laughing Moon Artworks; Jenny Wren Jewelry; Cuddles and Rage; Joe Engel; Naked Décor; Moonlight Bindery; Cynthia Connolly (Banned in DC); Karmic Kollections; Tina Seamonster; I Wear Blue Tights (clothespin magnets); Handmade Habitat (candles); Three Ravens Studio; Seeing in Fabric, Santiago Casares and many more.
And the fun doesn’t end with shopping. In partnership with Arlington Arts, there are numerous workshops* offered during the day:
- Kid’s Gnome Collage Workshop 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
- Watercolor Collage Holiday Card Workshop: 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Learn to Knit: 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
*Alas, both of the Splotch Monster workshops are already at-capacity.
Among the highlights is an opportunity to Meet a Yeti at GRUMP (2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.) the ‘ferociously-loveable’ costumed ‘abominable snowman’ character that provides a great photo-op for all ages. Get on over to GRUMP Crystal City, at the Crystal City Underground, 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA.
Showing up to an art studio open house on Columbia Pike was the moment of inspiration for a new relationship between business and art. Up until then, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) had not considered itself a likely venue for original art. Nor did the members of the Columbia Pike Artists Studios (CPAS) imagine that their work would transform a financial institution into a place that displayed their commitment to the community.
But through Arlington Economic Development, connecting ACFCU headquarters with the studios is evidence of the collaborations being made through CPRO and the County. With the current number of commercial art galleries in Arlington being very limited, the time to rethink spaces proved timely. So the art came to the headquarters lobby and to a branch on Glebe Road.
Creative Economy initiatives in the U.S. and around the globe have been built on people already in place and businesses already thriving. At Americans for the Arts, the pARTnership movement paves the way for businesses and creatives to forge new partnerships that go way beyond philanthropy, sponsorships and donor support. With toolkits, success stories and more that put creatives at the forefront of everything from Advancing Corporate Objectives and Strategies, Fostering Critical Thinking and delving into Corporate Social Responsibility, the value of the relationships is changing.
Now in its second season of exhibiting artists work in the lobby gallery, ACFCU has taken its mission to serve Arlington to a new level. Businesses looking for their own inspiration can visit the open house at CPAS on December 2 and 3.
Networking is an essential tool in any industry, including the creative sector. Each month, The Arts Meet! (TAM) gatherings provide a platform for Arlington creatives and artists to network, discuss trends, projects and opportunities, and to… well, meet! To accommodate the busy holiday season, the November/December meeting will take place on Monday (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.), December 4, at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive in Arlington.
The monthly TAM events are Sponsored by Arlington Cultural Affairs, along with various partners from the cultural and business community. This month’s hosts, Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA) and Gallery Underground, invite attendees to view AAA’s juried show, This is America, in the Focus Gallery, and talk with Alliance members about their work. Light fare will be provided, sponsored by the Crystal City BID.
Taking place in all parts of the County, past TAM activities have occurred at a range of restaurants and cultural venues. Piola (Rosslyn), Copperwood Tavern (Shirlington), Arlington Arts Center (Virginia Square), Westover Beer Garden, McCormick & Schmick’s (Crystal City), Liberty Tavern (Clarendon) have all hosted the group, which typically draws between 20 and 50 participants.
Your RSVP is requested for The Arts Meet on December 4. Parking in the public garages is free after 4:00 p.m. If you’re coming by Metro, use the Crystal City station. Gallery Underground is located next to Au Bon Pain in the Crystal City Shops.
The MADE IN ARLINGTON pop-up retail market is dedicated to beautiful, wearable and edible wares from entrepreneurs and artisans in Arlington, VA. You’ll find them in a new home this fall at the Library Plaza Shop in Courthouse.
In a partnership with Arlington Public Library, the retail mini market will be part of the Plaza Shop for November and December, offering unique items beyond the regular Arlington logo hats and t-shirts. Patrons will find custom chocolates, home goods, puzzles, coffee and more right in time for holiday shopping.
Starting with Livin’ the Pie Life on November 2, weekly pop-ups in the lobby will host more Arlington artisans who will be on hand every Thursday from 11am – 2pm.
This year, MADE IN ARLINGTON welcomes several new makers. Stas Casa from Can You Solve Me has been making unique brainteaser puzzles at TechShop in Crystal City. Stas is a Moldovan born entrepreneur whose passion for puzzles took root when he first solved the Rubik’s Cube. After a 7 year career in finance at Bloomberg, LP, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Can You Solve Me.
For fitness fans, Arlington Weaves brings beautiful hand woven yoga mat straps to the shop. The weaving studio on Washington Blvd, a signature program of Arlington Department of Human Services and administered by Service Source, has been the training and support center for artisans with intellectual disabilities for many years.
Sponsored by Arlington Economic Development, the pop-up shop is another way the County supports collaborations, small businesses and entrepreneurs through initiatives like Creative Economy and BizLaunch.
The Plaza Shop is located on the 1st Floor lobby of 2100 Clarendon Blvd and will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
If you see stars and paper airplanes circling your head when you look up from your beer during the first annual Valley Fest Celebration, it’s not that you’ve had one too many. It’s a new Arlington Arts Mural by artist Ham Smith on the façade of 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, adjacent to the event.
The Mural is making its official debut on Sunday, November 5, 2017 during this new street festival in front of Shirlington’s New District Brewing Company, 2709 S. Oakland Street, in Arlington, Virginia.
With live music, food trucks and local art on display, admission to Valley Fest is Free (with tickets for sale for the beer tastings). The first 50 attendees who stop by the Arlington Arts booth between 2-4 p.m. will receive a free tee shirt based on themes from the Mural, signed by the Artist himself.
Now based in Brooklyn, Ham Smith’s roots in the Arlington/Falls Church area go back five generations. Highly influenced by mid-century American blue collar culture, Smith’s work is prominently featured in celebrity chef Jose Andres’ Jaleo restaurants and numerous other commercial projects. His most recent projects have been commissioned in New York City, Los Angeles, Virginia and Savannah.
The home-base for Arlington artists and cultural groups ranging from WSC Avant Bard and Halau O ‘Aulani, to Jane Franklin Dance, the County-run 3700 venue is used for everything from workshops and rehearsals and a recording studio, to performances in the 80+ seat Theatre on the Run. The vibrant shapes and colors of the mural reflect the buzz of activity that occurs at the venue from morning till night.
If you miss getting your free Arlington Arts Mural Tee Shirt at Valley Fest, you can also purchase one at the new Made In Arlington pop-up retail market, a new showcase for the work of creative Arlington makers and artists. It’s located in The Plaza Shop on the 1st Floor lobby of 2100 Clarendon Boulevard (open M-F, 8-5 p.m.).