For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Contact: Mary Curtius 703-228-7943 (voice) 703-228-4611(TTY)
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved nearly $250,000 in grants to provide direct financial support to 19 Arlington-based arts organizations and three individual artists. Grants ranged from a high of more than $44,600 each for Signature and Synetic theaters to just over $1,240 for IBIS: A Chamber Music Society.
“These grants underscore Arlington’s strong, ongoing commitment to the arts,” said Board Chairman Jay Fisette. “Even in these tough economic times, the arts continue to thrive in Arlington, enriching our lives and our community. County government is proud to be able to support some of the many fine arts organizations and individual artists who choose to call Arlington home.”
The Board voted 5 to 0 to accept the recommendations of the Arlington Commission for the Arts, which each year reviews dozens of applications from organizations and individuals.
Recipients selected were:
The County Board approved its “Policy for the Support of Arts Organizations and Artists” in December, 1990. The Board authorized the Arlington Commission for the Arts to make decisions regarding the granting of facilities and technical services to Arlington arts organizations and artists and to make recommendations to the Board regarding the direct financial support to arts organizations and individual artists.
All potential grantees are required to submit applications for support to the Commission. Advisory panels or art experts and staff reviewed the applications. The Commission also reviewed each application. Two types of grants are recommended: general operating grants and project grants.
To read the staff report, visit the County Website. Read the staff report, Item No. 36 on the agenda for the July 10, 2010 County Board meeting.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.