By Janet Kopenhaver, Embracing Arlington Arts
However, the fear among arts leaders and members of the Embracing Arlington Arts Board of Directors is that these economic numbers will begin to seriously decrease if the recent trend we are witnessing of arts organizations moving outside the County continues on its current path. This movement is mainly due to the fact that many local spaces have closed in recent years (i.e., Rosslyn Spectrum, Artisphere, Iota, and the Clarendon Ballroom) due to various circumstances, leaving professional Arlington arts organizations the option of either performing outside of the County, shutting down or performing out of lower quality “found” spaces (i.e., middle schools) which greatly lowers their attendee numbers.
But we remain confident that through collaboration with stakeholders, private sector organizations, arts supporters, government leaders, artists and arts organizations we will find a path to building a quality, flexible performing arts center/live music venue/meeting center that will greatly enhance the health and vibrancy of arts and culture in Arlington. Let’s keep residents here in – and attract more non-County folks (who on average spend twice as much during their nights out than residents) to – Arlington for their entertainment and cultural experiences. It’s a win-win-win for everyone!