City of Alexandria, VA
Office of the Arts
Alexandria's Creative Economy
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.
Strategic Planning – A Compass not an Anchor
Facilitated by: Elizabeth Scott
Wednesday, May 8th
The Basics of Program Evaluation
Facilitated by: Dr. Margo Bailey
Wednesday, September 11th
Facilitated by: Dr. Dionne Clemons
Wednesday, November 13th
Facilitated by: Mary-Claire Burick
Wednesday, April 10, 9 am
Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA
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Office of the Arts
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 strives to build a vibrant community for all of the City's residents, workers and visitors.
Diane Ruggiero, Director
Alexandria Commission for the ArtsThe 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 $180,000 in funding is available to assist local artists and arts organizations. The goals of the Commission's grant program are to encourage artistic excellence in the City; assist Alexandria-based arts organizations in improving their financial, administrative, and management capabilities; and provide individual artists with opportunities to create, perform, and present their works.
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts conducted two grant program workshops to provide information about the Commission's annual grant program, which provides funding to non-profit arts organizations for various arts programs, and instructions for the on-line application process. All applicants including past grant recipients were encouraged to attend one of the grant workshops. Workshops were held at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., on Monday, October 22nd and Thursday, October 25th.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City's Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Cheryl Anne Colton of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.5565 (TTY 703.838.4902) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of Grants:
The Office of the Arts and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts seek 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 and Commission's 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. Internships are available in the following three areas:
For further information, call or write Cheryl Anne Colton, Regional Program Director, Office of the Arts at: Internship Program, Office of the Arts/Alexandria Commission for 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.
The Office of the Arts has partnered with the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association to bring you a City-wide comprehensive arts calendar. To view, please click on the link below. 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.
Arts Calendar: Alexandria Arts Events
At the April 24 Alexandria City Council meeting, the Honorable Mayor, members of City Council and the Commission for the Arts will present three 2012 Alex Arts Awards. The presentation will be made in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street at 7 pm. The annual Alex Arts Awards, presented by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, recognize Alexandria citizens or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to Alexandria's vibrant arts community and cultural life.
The 2012 Alex Arts Award winners are the Ulysses S. James, Music Director, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, the Little Theatre of Alexandria and Leah Valtin-Erwin, Senior, TC Williams High School.
Ulysses S. James, Music Director, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic is known for his innovative musical programming and performance of new, accessible works. He initiated a summer chamber music series at the Lyceum in Alexandria that will celebrate its 20th consecutive year this summer. In 1984, the Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra was a small non-auditioned group of string players; it now has 60 auditioned members from across the metropolitan area. Known as "Ul" to many, he volunteers his time and energy in support of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and its associated youth orchestra. Ul also chairs the Alexandria Arts Forum, a coalition of area artists and arts administrators, advocates, and patrons who work together to advance the arts in Alexandria. In this role, he has forged stronger partnerships with the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association, the Office of the Arts, and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.
The Little Theatre of Alexandria is the oldest community theatre in the Washington metropolitan area, begun in 1934 as a small play-reading group. Since then, it has staged more than 350 full productions. Productions have garnered many awards, including the Ruby Griffith and WATCH (Washington Area Theatre Community Honors) awards, and received 43 WATCH nominations this past year. In addition to its productions, the theatre's programming includes: two sessions of theatre classes; a children's summer camp; a One-Act Playwriting competition; and PAN (Partners in Art Night), an opportunity for organizations or businesses to partner with the Little Theatre for a specific performance as a fund-raising resource, a membership activity, or expression of appreciation for clients and employees.
Leah Valtin-Erwin, a senior at TC Williams High School, is a life-long resident of Alexandria. She has studied dance locally (with the Choreographers Collaboration Project and The Ballet Studio, both in Del Ray) since 1998. When TC Williams High School was renovated, the school gained a beautiful dance studio—but no dance program. Responding to this unmet need, Leah founded the Modern Dance Society at TC Williams. The company offers free classes after school to all TC Williams students, regardless of prior experience or training. The company focuses on improvisation, partnering, and incorporating other styles into a modern dance curriculum. Through this program, Leah has introduced the entire TC Williams community to the world of modern dance.
Mayor William D. Euille will present the 2012 Alex Arts Awards recipients with a beautiful ceramic window bowl created by Karin Abromaitis. The recipients will also receive a brass star created and donated by David Martin of Gold Works. The Alexandria Commission for the Arts and Office of the Arts are pleased to recognize Ulysses S. James, the Little Theatre of Alexandria and Leah Valtin-Erwin for their contributions to our community and for inspiring others to do the same.
The City of Alexandria's Office of the Arts is in search of a Poet Laureate to promote an appreciation of poetry as an art form, encourage the creative writing and reading of literature, and promote literacy through poetry. The individual will serve as Poet Laureate for three years and receive a modest honorarium.
Art in City Hall is a collaborative program of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the Office of 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.
Public Art Collection
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.
Alexandria Commission for the Arts' Annual Reports: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts and Office of the Arts join thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation in celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October with activities that honor the efforts of artists, historians, teachers, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of everyone's life. Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and national coordinator of Arts and Humanities month, says, "Everyone recognizes the creative and cultural value of the arts and humanities. National Arts and Humanities Month offers us a chance to celebrate the often overlooked economic, educational, and civic engagement values that the arts impart in our daily lives."
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: