The Newsroom is where you can keep up to date with what’s happening at Arlington Arts. Read our press releases to learn more about our upcoming programs and see in-depth reviews in our In the News Section. For inquiries, please contact Jim Byers, Director of Marketing.

In the News

5 Cool Art Shows To Liven Up The Dog Days of August (‘Gravity and Grace’) – Washington Post Weekend 8/20

When Stars Align in Rosslyn’s Dark Star Park – Arlington Magazine

Arlington Art Truck Debuts at County Fair (Video) –

Restoration Project Adds Art to Popular Public Trail – TPOMag

Building an Art Community in Arlington – Northern Virginia Magazine

New LED Public Art Installation Coming to Rosslyn’s Central Place Plaza –

Pocket change becomes art on Columbia Pike – Northern Virginia Magazine

A Truck Carrying a Pedal-Powered Turntable Is Cruising Around Arlington, Explaining Art – Washingtonian Magazine

Arlington Art Truck Hits the Streets – Arlington Magazine

Arlington’s Thriving Arts Scene and Magical Getaways Prove Virginia is for Lovers –

Arts Focus: Arlington’s CostumeLab Helps Superheroes Keep It Together –

Arlington Arts’ Full-Dome Projections featured in The Year In Galleries for Washington City Paper

In the Galleries: Two Photographer Focus on Arlington – Washington Post

‘Meeting Bowls’ Public Art is Designed to Spark Conversation – Washington Post

Special Reports & Studies

A Framework for Arlington’s Cultural Spaces – (Full Report) (Executive Summary)
In 2016, the Arlington Commission for the Arts (Arts Commission) launched a broad and collaborative community effort to create a strategic arts and culture plan resulting in the Enriching Lives: Arlington Arts and Culture Strategy,  To address one of the high priority strategies within Enriching Lives, a Cultural Facilities Task Force was established by the Arts Commission and charged with developing a framework to help Arlington plan for, invest in and manage existing and future cultural spaces and facilities to meet the ever-changing demands and interests of the Arlington community.

Arts Strategy: Enriching Lives – Arlington Arts and Culture Study
In 2016, the Arlington Arts Commission felt strong Arlington is  at a critical juncture where the community needs to envision a different approach that addresses the changing dynamics of how arts and culture are distributed. Following a year-long study of the arts and culture ecosystem in Arlington, the Arts Commission developed a framework with clear identified goals  goals and strategies meant to stimulate ideas and provide a foundation that will enable the County, Arlington’s arts community and others to develop specific tactics and work elements that focus and prioritize their commitment to —and investment in — facilities, programs and services. This document was adopted by the Arts Commission  in 2017 and serves as the strategic plan of Arlington Arts (Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division.)

Arlington Arts Market Survey Recommendations
In Spring 2018 as part of the Arlington Artspace initiative the Arts Market Survey was conducted to determine if there is enough demand to warrant a new affordable live/work space for creatives in Arlington and if so, the nature of that space (type, amenities, features, size and affordability). This report details the findings from the survey.

Artspace Arlington Preliminary Feasibility Report
Artspace is a highly respected national arts-based non-profit based in Minneapolis, MN. They work to harness the economic power of artists and the arts to revitalize transitioning or underused sites and create affordable, accessible art spaces. They have consulted with hundreds of cities across the country and developed dozens of innovative projects around the country and are now working with Arlington Cultural Affairs about creating such a space in this County. Following several community dialogues here in Arlington in February 2017, Artspace released this Preliminary Feasibility Study with findings on potential concepts, site analysis, financial analysis, local leadership and arts community impact.

View more about Arlington Artspace here.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5
The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever undertaken in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Released in June, 2017, the latest findings show that the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $189.2 million in annual economic activity in the Arlington County, Virginia —supporting 5,156 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $13.9 million in local and state revenue.

Press Releases

Luminous Bodies by Cliff Garten Illuminates Rosslyn Streetscape During the Holidays

Dark Star Park Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Hirshhorn Museum

Arlington Commission for the Arts Letter to Arts Stakeholders on Budget Update

Arlington Art Truck 2019 Season Kicks Off With “Trash Garden” Installation & Smithsonian Hirshhorn Presentation

Arlington Art Truck Named Finalist For 2019 AFTA Gard Award for Arts & Community Life 

Arlington Arts Magazine

Arlington Arts Magazine Issue #1

Arlington Arts Magazine Issue #2: Art That Connects – view online or as a pdf

Arlington Arts Magazine Issue #3 – view online or as a pdf