Arts

$61K in Grants Awarded to Support Arts Programs in Alexandria

Various offerings are available to residents through Dec.15 as a result of the grants

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – On the evening of August 9, the city’s Office of the Arts announced the winners of the Creative Neighborhood Grant Program (CNGP). Originally a grant in the amount of $60,000, $61,143 has been regranted to help 13 nonprofit organizations hire over 200 artists. The awardees range from establishments that employ actors to musicians to writers. They are located in three Alexandria neighborhoods: Arlandria, Old Town, and the West End.

The awardees are listed below by neighborhood, and the programs offered are available to residents now through Dec. 15.

Arlandria

Old Town

  • Arts on the Horizon
    “Balloon Project,” creative interactive workshop for children ages 0-3 and their families
    September 24, October 8, 10:30 -11a.m.
    Durant Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street
    Arts on the Horizon – Home
  • Ethio Global Arts
    “Zema Felega” (Searching for Melody), Music Contest, Finale Program with local, regional, and global participants.
    December 3, 12 – 9p.m.
    Durant Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street
    Ethio Global Arts
  • Momentum Collective
    “Creative Workshops”- poetry, monologues, short stories, and acting
    September 10,17, 24; October 1, 12 – 3p.m.
    Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street
    momentumcinc.org
  • Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association
    “Faces” Film installation/art exhibition and videography workshop
    September 10, Workshops 10a.m. – 1p.m. and 2 – 5p.m.
    September 22, 23, 26, 27, & 28, Exhibition 12 – 6p.m.
    “Special activity” September 22 opening reception 5 – 7p.m.
    Durant Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street
    Athenaeum | NVFAA | Old Town Alexandria
  • NOVA Connections
    “Made in Ethiopia DMV Trade Fair” showcases traditional music and dance
    October 15, 12 – 9p.m.
    Durant Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street
    Events | africanrun.com
  • Running Strong American Indian Youth
    “Native American Cultural Beading Workshops”
    September 10, 11; November 5, 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Durant Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street
    Intertribal Creatives – Indian Youth

West End

  • Network of Family Service:
    “Ethiopian Film and Art Festival,” photo exhibition, and panel discussion with Ethiopian cinema directors, actors, and actresses.
    August 26, 5 – 9p.m.; August 27, 2 – 8p.m.
    Patrick Henry Recreation Center, Black Box Theater, 4653 Taney Avenue
    Network of Family Service (network-of-family-service-nofs.netlify.app)
  • QuinTango
    “Tango Concerts and Music Workshops for Families”
    Date/Time: TBD
    William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5640 Sanger Avenue
    September 23, 6 – 7p.m.
    Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Avenue
    QUINTANGO – QuinTango Home
  • Raeye Children Aid, Inc.
    “Enkutatash Fest in Alexandria 2022” Ethiopian new year celebration showcasing traditional music, dance, fashion, and arts.
    September 10, 2 – 10p.m.
    William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5640 Sanger Avenue
    Raeye (raeyechildrenaid.org)
  • Sound Impact
    “Musicpalooza,” an interactive musical performance and music making
    September 24, 10 a.m.
    Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Avenue
    Musicpalooza — Sound Impact
  • Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
    “Musical Tales for Kids!” Three family orchestra concerts.
    October 22, November 12, December 17, 4 – 6p.m.
    Patrick Henry Recreation Center, Black Box Theater, 4653 Taney Avenue
    wmpamusic.org

The Office of the Arts, in an Alexandria eNews bulletin announcing the recipients, thanked many for their support of the GNCP. Those mentioned include Mayor Wilson and his fellow City Councilmembers, ACPS, ACT for Alexandria, and the West End Business Association.

A passage from the announcement read, in part, “The Office of the Arts is truly pleased that the Creative Neighborhood Grant Program awardees will be able to help energize three neighborhoods in Alexandria including the West End, Arlandria, and Old Town by hosting unique and engaging community programs. ”

Want to learn more about the GNCP or the Office of the Arts? Visit alexandriava.gov/Arts or email [email protected].

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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