The Arlington Commission on the Arts, headed by John Seal, has just released a proposal with recommendations for Arlington County support of the arts over the next 20 years. Titled ‘Arlington Arts 2030’, it includes an interesting look back on its 25 year history, and deals with support issues, increased funding and revenue generation moving forward.
Public hearings on the proposal will be held next week. The Commission hopes to hear from as many people as possible, prior to the final presentation of the report to the Arlington County board, due June 30, 2011.
According to the report, Washington, DC spends nearly 5 times as much per capita on the arts as does Arlington County, which allocates $1.32 in grants dollars per resident. The report makes recommendations about structure (among them, to reestablish the well-respected Cultural Affairs Division as its own department), increased grants support, and revenue generation (among the considerations, an entertainment tax.)
You can download the report here.
Hearings dates and times are: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, Noon – 2 pm. Where? Artisphere Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22209 and
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206
Anyone unable to attend, but wishing to add comment, can email them here.
The Arlington County Commission on the Arts encompasses visual arts and performing arts. It serves such theatres as Signature Theatre, Synetic Theater, American Century Theater, Washington Shakespeare Company, Teatro de la Luna and venues such as Artisphere, Crystal City and Theatre on the Run.