City of Alexandria, VA
The Office of The Arts promotes the value of arts and culture in the City of Alexandria by nurturing, investing in and celebrating the creative contributions of artists and arts organizations. Through engaging the community, encouraging participation, and facilitating access to the arts, the Office of the Arts works with local artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant community for all of the City's residents, workers and visitors.
Diane Ruggiero, Director
Alexandria's Creative Economy
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
This study - the largest of its kind - shows that arts and culture is a $70.7 million industry in Alexandria supporting 1,774 full-time equivalent jobs, generating $38 million in household income to local residents, and providing $4.8 million in local and state government revenue.
Of the over 1,100 audience members who were surveyed, people who attend a cultural event spend an additional $19.21 above the cost of admission or tickets for items such as dining out souvenirs.
The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study also shows that during 2010 4,284 volunteers donated 213,351 hours to local non-profit arts and culture organizations. This contribution has an estimated value of over $4,557,000 (the Independent Sector estimates the dollar value of the average 2010 volunteer to be $21.36).
To view the national study, click here.
For a quick at-a-glance page, click here.
Local Arts Index
Launched in 2012, the Local Arts Index (LAI) provides a set of measures to understand the breadth, depth and character of the cultural life of a community. It provides a framework for relating arts and culture to community priorities and aspirations. Those community priorities may range from economic development and revitalization through jobs or infrastructure, or to youth, education or health concerns. As we know, most American communities regularly struggle with all of these challenges. The LAI can serve as a tool to frame questions about the roles or arts and culture in pursuing these priorities and aspirations, as well as show where a community may stand in relation to national norms.
To read the full report for Alexandria, click here.
To view the nation-wide study information, click here.
The City of Alexandria's Office of the Arts served as the lead study partner with Americans for the Arts and is thankful to all of the arts organizations who worked to provide the critical data necessary to complete the study.
The Alexandria Collaborators (ACT for Alexandria, Alexandria Regional Council for the United Way of the National Capital Area and the City of Alexandria) are hosing a series of FREE workshops for local non-profit organizaitons sponsored by Brighter Strategies in celebration of their 5th Business Anniversary.
All workshops are FREE but advance registration is required. To register for an upcoming workshop, contact Office of the Arts: 703.746.5588.
All workshops are held at the Durant Arts Center 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
8:30 am, registration and light breakfast
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The role of the Arts Commission is to provide leadership in the development of a vibrant and sustainable arts community that engages audiences, and to encourage support and appreciation for the arts as a cornerstone of Alexandria's identity and cultural, social, and economic vitality. To accomplish this mission, the Arts Commission administers City grant funds and arts programs; advises City Council on policy, funding and development needs for the arts; collaborates with partners on initiatives that further the development of, and participation in, the arts; and generally advocates for the arts.
For additional information on the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, click here
Each year, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts advises City Council on the allocation of City funds designated for the arts. Approximately $170,000 in funding is available to assist local artists and arts organizations. The goals of the grant program are to:
For additional information, call the Office of the Arts/Durant Arts Center at 703.746.5588.
The Office of the Arts encourages applicants for the internship program which provides arts management training for high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Interns assist with advancing the Office of the Arts short and long-term organizational goals. Each intern will have the opportunity to develop a plan reflecting specific learning objectives relating to the intern's academic program. A flexible schedule (preferred hours from 8 am - 5 pm Monday-Friday) can be developed. Ten to thirty hours per week for two or three months is requested.
For further information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton, Regional Program Director, Office of the Arts at: Internship Program, Office of the Arts, Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.746.5588 (office), 703.838.6344 (fax), or by email at email@example.com.
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts seeks volunteers with expertise in dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts, arts education, arts administration, business, marketing, and fund raising to serve on its Committees and Resource Panels.
Alexandria Arts Calendar
The Office of the Arts has partnered with the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association to bring you a City-wide Arts Calendar.
To add your arts events to the calendar, you must be a member of The Alexandria Arts Forum. For information on becoming a member, please send an e-mail: AlexandriaArtsForum@gmail.com.
Art in City Hall is a collaborative program of the Office of the Arts, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, The Art League, Del Ray Artisans and the Torpedo Factory Arts Center.
City Hall, 301 King St.
The following City Hall Exhibitions by appointment only, 703.746.5588.
Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St.
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.
For additional information about the City Galleries program, or if you are a visual artist and want to exhibit your work, call the Office of the Arts at 703.746.5588 or email images (media and sizes) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alexandria Harmonizers have developed a Catalog of Performing Arts Venues in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area to provide a source of information for performing arts organizations seeking performance space. The Catalog is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all possible venues. Many churches, for example, are used by performing arts groups, but are not included in this edition of the catalog. Thank you to the Alexandria Harmonizers for providing this valuable tool.
These Alexandria sites, many of whom are listed in the Catalog, offer exhibit and/or performance space. The Office of the Arts manages the Durant Community Arts Center which is available for rehearsals, performances, meetings, classes and special events. For more information follow the links below.
Alexandria Black History Museum
Many houses of worship also offer performance space.
Arts Commission Donation Account
We thank our current donors for their generous support.
Alexandria Arts Forum
Activities are partially funded by the generous support of: