3700 S Four Mile Run

Central to Arlington’s arts community, 3700 South Four Mile Run is home base to a number of ensembles, including WSC Avant Bard and Jane Franklin Dance. With everything from a mini-gallery for visual art and two dance studios with sprung wood floors, to meeting rooms and the 80-seat black box Theatre on the Run, the venue is busy from morning till night with everything from rehearsals and classes, to pop-up maker events. In 2017, the lively interior happenings were reflected on the exterior with a fun mural by artist Ham Smith!

Building Hours:

Monday thru Friday: 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm closed Sundays during August 2022

Theatre on the Run

Theatre on the Run is an intimate 80-seat black box theatre within 3700 where guests can catch a show by WSC Avant Bard or even take Ballet Barre classes with Jane Franklin Dance. See Directions for detailed instructions on how to get to Theatre on the Run via car, Metrorail, or by bus.

Make Your Mark 2019!

Maker definition flier Make Your Mark! is an immersive, hands-on experience for the whole family. Learn the latest innovations in paper-cutting, mask making, pottery, weaving and more from a multicultural group of artists and makers! Learn more here! Event on May 18th.

 

 

Studio 3700

Two women looking at artwork

A hallway within 3700 with two halls containing approximately 25 feet each of exhibition space and natural as well as focused lighting has been repurposed into an exhibition space overseen by Arlington Cultural Affairs. This re-imagined incubator space is currently being operated as a partnership art gallery to showcase the work of local arts non-profits, County, and community organizations to showcase the work of individual artists. Interested in showing your artwork at Studio 3700? Click here to learn more about partnering with us to exhibit your work at Gallery 3700! Gallery is open during the normal operating hours of the facility.

Exhibitions

RECOVERY, a showcase of art by patrons in the Department of Human Services Mental Health Division programs who have used art to help guide them through life’s challenges.

February 7-May 6, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 3-5pm
Presented by Arlington Arts and the Department of Human Services, Mental Health Division

Recovery Opening Reception Postponed

UPDATE: MAR 12, 2020 13:42:

“For the foreseeable future, Arlington County Government will be modifying, postponing, or canceling some public events, which create environments where a virus can spread quickly among event workers and participants, in attempts to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19.  The reception for the exhibit RECOVERY, which was scheduled on Friday, March 13 from 3-5pm will therefore be rescheduled.  A new date and time for the reception will be announced in a few weeks  or when this public health emergency begins to subside.”

Before going to see the exhibit, please check to see if Arlington County government has closed its facilities.

Past Exhibitions 

Places In Paper
September 9 – December 17, 2019

Opening reception
October 12, 3 – 5 pm

Gallery 3700, housed in the Arlington Cultural Affairs building, will present “Places in Paper” this fall, an exhibit of the Guild of American Papercutters (GAP).  The show features the work of thirty-four artists from seventeen states and Lithuania who all use cut paper in their artwork.  

Visitors will see an astounding variety of papercutting, including Polish, Jewish, Indonesian, and Chinese styles, as well as photorealist, sculptural, and silhouette techniques.  Many of the artists will attend the opening reception on October 12, during which posters about the history of papercutting will also be on display.   

GAP board member and Arlington artist Melanie Kehoss curated the exhibit, with the help of jurors Anne Burton (gallery directory at Blackrock Center for the Arts) and Tamar Shadur (owner Shadur Arts), and support from Arlington County’s individual artist grant.  In conjunction with the exhibit, Kehoss will teach a papercutting workshop in November through the Arlington Arts Enterprise Institute.  

The exhibit will travel to the Westover branch of Arlington Public Library in December. See www.papercutters.org for more info. 

The Art of Cut Paper

Spend a Saturday afternoon learning the basics of knife papercutting from artist Melanie Kehoss.  Inspired by the exhibit, “Places in Paper,” participants will create their own piece about place.  Perfect for people who love to draw and for teachers looking for new projects, this workshop will provide many tips, tricks, and the majority of supplies.

Kehoss has been making papercut art for fifteen years and serves on the executive board of the Guild of American Papercutters.  With an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, she is an exhibiting artist, teacher, and cultural worker.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 –  1 – 4 pm
3700 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington VA 22206
Room: 146 – Arts Enterprise Institute

Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 1- 4 pm
Westover Library, 1644 N McKinley Rd #3, Arlington, VA 22205

Limited free registration.
Ages 18+

Registration: Free

Eventbrite Wait List

 

Eco+Creativity – April 8 – June 9, 2019

This exhibition featured students at Arlington Public School’s H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, grades 7 to 12.

Spectacularly Solid – January 9 – March 31

A celebration of the art of contemporary quilt making, curated by the Arlington CostumeLab with the DC Modern Quilt Guild.

Nature’s GraspA PRINTMAKING PORTFOLIO – August 17 through late December 2018.

An international invitational portfolio print exchange consisting of 18 highly respected artists from across the United States and Canada. Co-organized by Steven Munoz, Director of Lee Arts Center and Jun Lee, Lee Arts Center Artist in Residence.  

Unnoticed Beauty- April 4 – June 7, 2018

A gallery exhibition by H-B Woodlawn Visual Arts Seniors.

Modern Quiltscapes – January 16 – March 30, 2018

Curated by the Arlington County CostumeLab in collaboration with the DC Modern Quilt Guild.

Arlington Weaves, Etc. “Textiles & Tools”  – November 9, 2017 – December 9, 2017 

A signature program of Arlington Department of Human Services and implemented by ServiceSource, Arlington Weaves, Etc. is an established Made in Arlington vendor. Arlington Weaves, Etc. provides support to adults with developmental disabilities by teaching them technical and social skills and by helping to improve their self-sufficiency. Participants in this unique program produce sophisticated hand-woven items ranging from traditional fine art to yoga mat strap, tea towels and event weekend tote bags.

The Building

Ham Smith Mural at 3700

Before the mural on the façade of 3700 South Four Mile Run was created, the vibrant arts hub didn’t stand out amongst the industrial buildings surrounding it in Four Mile Run Valley. In response to a need from a dedicated group of artists who use 3700 South Four Mile Run as a home base to bring more visibility to the building, Arlington County Cultural Affairs commissioned artists Ham Smith to create the bright and whimsical mural that’s now there. His most recent projects have been commissioned in New York City, Los Angeles, Virginia, and Savannah. His mural on 3700 is set on a background of saffron yellow, the artist reflects the vibrancy of the building’s daily activities with images that claim the creative identity. Learn more about Ham Smith.

Arts Lab

The Arts Lab brings artists, behind the scenes technicians, creatives, and the community together for interactive learning and creative experiences. The community is invited to make art, learn skills of the arts industries, talk with artists and arts professionals about their work, and be creatively inspired. Find upcoming Arts Lab here.

Directions

Address
3700 S. Four Mile Run
Arlington, VA 22206
703-228-1850

Driving directions via Google Maps

Parking 

Free parking is available during performances in the lot in the rear of the building. To access this lot turn onto S. Oakland Street and make the first left behind the building.

There are additional, smaller free parking lots on S. Oakland Street and S. Four Mile Run Drive.

Limited Street parking is available along S. Four Mile Run Drive, S. Oakland Street, and S. Neloson Street. This parking is metered, but free after 6 PM.

Public Transportation 

By Bus – There is a bus stop just outside 3700 located at S. Four Mile Run Drive and S. Nelson Street. The 25-C and ART 75 busses run regularly through this stop from the Shirlington Bus Station. From the bus stop, walk along S. Four Mile Run toward S. Oakland Street, and take that left.

By Metrorail – Patrons travelling by Metrorail should take the Blue or Yellow line to Pentagon Metro Station and transfer to the 25-C or ART 75 buses via the Pentagon Bus Terminal. Alternatively, Metrorail users can take the Blue or Yellow lines to Pentagon City Metro Station and catch a taxi (taxi stand located in from of the Ritz-Carlton)  to 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA, 22206.