Encore Stage and Studio
Encore Stage and Studio provides children and youth in Arlington with high-quality theatrical performance and educational opportunities. Our mission is to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience.
Each year, our partnerships have grown and strengthened, helping us to enhance and improve each year’s production, adding more local performers and bringing in well-known artists from around the United States and Argentina. Our community festival features classic Argentinean performances of folklore, tango, pop, and rock, in addition to displays and booths, which feature other aspects of Argentine cultural traditions.
Old Dominion Cloggers
Old Dominion Cloggers mission is to preserve and promote clogging, a traditional American percussive step dance form having its roots in British Isle and African American dance and tap, through giving exhibitions, offering classes to the public, and attending national conventions and workshops.
9th Street Chamber Music
9SCM is dedicated to creating new performance and education traditions that engage the audiences and culture of our current time. Witness inventive, inclusive programming with insightful commentary at 9th Street Quartet concerts. See the impressive evolution of young musicians as they learn what it means to come together as an ensemble in our String Quartet Intensive program. Find us out in the community sharing the chamber music experience with people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Chorale is a mixed-voice chorus composed of members from Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. Members are a mix of young professionals, older professionals, retirees, and everyone in between! They perform varied repertoire of smaller pieces and larger works for chorus and orchestra. Each season, the Chorale is honored to be part of the onstage chorus for the Messiah Sing-a-long at the Kennedy Center. Established in 1966, they have a long history of performing in special events, such as singing the national anthem at the MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park, singing masterworks with the NIH Philharmonia including Brahms’ Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and community events like the 40th anniversary of Arlington Thrive and caroling for the Lee Highway Alliance Winter Festival of Lights.
Arlington Concert Band
The Arlington Concert Band is a wind ensemble made up of more than 50 professional music educators and dedicated, talented amateur musicians. We perform regularly throughout the community and play an assortment of music including marches, show tunes, and classical arrangements. The ACB is made up of musicians from a variety of backgrounds—from lawyers to IT professionals to retirees—but we are all united around the ACB’s mission.
Arlington Philharmonic Association
The mission of the Arlington Philharmonic Association is to build a first-class symphony orchestra in Arlington, to make classical music accessible to every Arlington resident, to promote the value of classical music in our civic life, and to build strong, creative partnerships with schools, local government, businesses, and other organizations.
Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus
The Arlington, Virginia, Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society: Provides an opportunity for men to come together and experience the joy of harmonizing in the barbershop style. Embraces and performs a cappella music, with the barbershop harmony art form as its primary focus. Offers weekly chapter meetings that are well planned, musically satisfying, and fun. Enriches and energizes each member through fellowship, fun, and the joy of singing.
The critically acclaimed GoGo Symphony is an orchestra you can dance to. It celebrates go-go music, a sub-genre of funk that is the official music of Washington DC, with the musical expression of a classical symphony to create thunderous, percussive atmosphere. It can be performed in collaboration with a full classical symphonic ensemble, or as a more compact ensemble. It has sold out shows and received much media attention and critical acclaim.
The MusicLink Foundation is a non-profit organization that links promising students in need with professional music teachers who volunteer to teach on partial to full scholarship for as long as these students wish to learn. The MusicLink Foundation assists in the purchase and repair of instruments, moving costs for donated pianos, camp scholarships for our students, and coordination and expansion of programs into new communities across the country. Foundation funding relies on contributions from the public, in-kind instrument donations from business partners and grants.
The National Chamber Ensemble, Inc.
The Mission of the National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) is to entertain, as well as to provide opportunities to appreciate and enjoy the art of chamber music by bringing together performers, audiences and composers. The NCE produces high-quality chamber music performances for the general public at a reasonable cost. Through our performances and commissions of original musical works, we present a full range of chamber music repertoire from the classics to the contemporary. The most important goal of the NCE is to build a sense of closeness between performers and audience that enhances the feeling of community and a deeper musical experience.
Potomac Harmony Chorus
Potomac Harmony Chorus teaches the uniquely American art form of four-part harmony-known as barbershop harmony-to women; to encourage continued improvement in the craft through education and competition; and shares our appreciation for barbershop harmony with the general public.
Washington Balalaika Society
The Washington Balalaika Society (WBS) is a community based-orchestra of 55 musicians organized to preserve and perform the rich musical heritage of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern European countries on traditional instruments and in costume. WBS is the largest Russian folk orchestra in North America and our goal is to expand awareness and appreciation of this musical genre by performing for a broad range of audiences in a variety of venues.
UrbanArias is an opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas. Everything we produce is 90 minutes in length or shorter; everything we produce was written within the last 40 years. Our mission is to expose Northern Virginia and DC-area audiences to engaging, accessible, entertaining operas, to provide a professional venue at which both established and emerging composers can present their shorter works, and to commission dynamic, engaging new pieces that fit our parameters. In essence we aim to demystify opera and serious music for those who find it too intimidating, and reveal it for the compelling art form that it is.
The Arlington Players is a nonprofit volunteer theater company. Our mission is to produce artistically challenging theater in the grand style, cultivating an environment of artistic excellence and education for artists, audiences and the community of Arlington County, Virginia, by providing opportunities to advance knowledge, skills and participation in the theater arts.
Avant Bard Theatre
Founded in 1990 as Washington Shakespeare Company of Arlington County, WSC Avant Bard is a performing arts organization dedicated to producing classic works, both time-tested and contemporary, emphasizing a provocative, bold approach in an intimate setting, and showcasing the best emerging talent in the region mentored by seasoned, professional theatre artists. Avant Bard’s mission is expressed through its commitment to artistic excellence, collaboration, talent development, and educational and social outreach. Avant Bard strives to ensure that all people can attend performances by keeping basic ticket prices at a modest level and regularly offering more Pay What You Will performances than any other area company.
Dominion Stage enriches the local Arts community by expressing, through live theatrical productions, the different stories of contemporary, traditional and unique subject matter in our community. Dominion Stage provides a place for new and continuing education and personal development for participants on the stage, in technical roles, and as support and leaders/administrators behind the scenes.
Monumental Theatre Company
Monumental Theatre Company was founded in 2015 by Beth Amann, Jimmy Mavrikes, and Michael Windsor. With the support of individual donors who shared their vision, they were able to begin producing shows in March 2015. Monumental has become a place for young artists to develop their talents from writing to acting and beyond. In 2018, they received the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the Helen Hayes Awards.
Prologue Theatre understands that it can be difficult, at times, to begin conversations about “certain topics” and focuses on presenting theatre that can serve as that starting point. Through theatrical performance, coupled with community discussion, we strive to challenge our community to examine and discuss their views of the world and those around them. Our focus is on those who are in the process of finding their own voice – whether 15 or 115 years old – and are looking for a place where they can hone those viewpoints by examining world issues within (and with) their community.
Arlington Arts Center (AAC)
The AAC is a private, nonprofit contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work by artists in the Mid-Atlantic States. Through educational programs, exhibitions, and subsidized studio spaces, the AAC serves as a bridge between artists and the public. The goal is to increase awareness and appreciation of, and involvement in, contemporary art in Arlington County, VA and the greater metropolitan area.
Arlington Artists Alliance
The Arlington Artists Alliance is a vital, energetic, creative force for visual art in Arlington County. We serve our community by engendering deeper cultural experience and expression. The Alliance is open to all local artists who live, work or have studios in Arlington and want to display their work. We encourage and support professional and emerging artists and artist colleagues who find the creative process rejuvenating and who seek to deepen their artistic excellence.
Barry Gallery is a contemporary art space created as a platform to support the arts and strengthen the arts community at Marymount University and the greater Washington DC area. Exhibitions present work by local, regional and international artists in order to provide groundbreaking and thought-provoking work for the community to experience. Events, including artist talks and lectures, are available for students at Marymount University and the general public at large.
Cody Gallery is a contemporary art space created as a platform to support the arts and strengthen the arts community at Marymount University and the greater Washington DC area. Exhibitions present work by local, regional and international artists in order to provide groundbreaking and thought-provoking work for the community to experience. Events, including artist talks and lectures, are available for students at Marymount University and the general public at large.
Study Japanese Arlington
SJA offers origami workshops periodically for young learners and grown-ups alike interested in learning origami paper folding, an art form and one of the oldest parts of Japanese culture. We strive to provide easy-to-follow instructions to create simple yet adorable models anyone can enjoy. Our instructors are trained and certified under the Taro’s Origami Studio Artist Basic Certification Course.