‘Instrument Petting Zoo’, Ethiopian Film Festival and More Receive Art Grant in Alexandria | ALXnow

The Alexandria Office of the Arts announced new funding to help revitalize community programs in the West End, Arlandria and Old Town.

The Creative Neighborhood Grant Program (CNGP), funded by the City of Alexandria and a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, was launched in April with $60,000 to distribute.

Ultimately, the release says the program awards $61,143 to 13 organizations, which in turn will hire and engage more than 200 artists with 38 different programs.

“The Arts Office is truly thrilled that Creative Neighborhood Grant recipients can help energize three neighborhoods in Alexandria, including the West End, Arlandria and Old Town, by hosting unique and engaging community programs,” said the city ​​in a “All residents of the city of Alexandria are cordially invited to participate in upcoming Creative Neighborhood programs and take part in this landmark initiative that will help build vibrant creative communities in our city.”

At Arlandria, two of the funded programs are a “MakersFEST” – a free day of artistic creation with local artists in October – and a concert/”children’s zoo” organized by the Alexandria Citizens Band.

In the West End, the grant will benefit an Ethiopian film and arts festival later this month, a series of tango concerts in September, and more.

Another Ethiopian art event is planned for the Old City at the Durant Art Center (1605 Cameron Street) in October. The “Made in Ethiopia DMV Trade Fair” event highlights traditional music and dance.

The link to the press release has been broken at the time of writing, so the full release is posted below the jump:

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts is pleased to announce the results of the Creative Piece Subsidy program (CNGP). The financing of the Creative Piece The grant program is made possible by the City of Alexandria and an Arts Project Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the impact of National Endowment for the Arts grants on individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

The Creative Piece The program’s grant application was launched on April 15, 2022, and as of May 13, 2022, the Arts Office has received 15 grant applications. With only $60,000 available to award, $61,143 is being reallocated to 13 nonprofit organizations that will help hire and engage over 200 artists with 38 program appearances and 162 hours of programming.

The Arts Office is really pleased that the Creative Piece Winners of the grant program will be able to help energize three neighborhoods in Alexandria, including the West End, Arlandria and the Old Town by organizing community programs. All residents of the city of Alexandria are cordially invited to participate in the next Creative Piece programs and to participate in this historic initiative that will help create Creative communities in our city.

The Arts Office also wishes to express its gratitude to the Honorable Mayor Justin Wilson, members of Alexandria City Council, collaborating partners including Alexandria City Public Schools, the Department of Education, learning and leadership, office of fine arts; ACT for Alexandria; Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority; Alexandria Office of Race and Social Equity; the West End Business Association; and Casa Chirilagua and various community stakeholders for their strong support for the Creative Piece Grants program and the arts in the city.

If you have any questions about the Creative Piece Grants program or other Office of the Arts programs and services, visit: alexandriava.gov/Arts or email [email protected].

Creative Piece The grant programs will be offered between July 1 and December 15, 2022.

Arlandria

Old City

  • Art on the horizon
    “Balloon Project” Creative interactive workshop for children from 0 to 3 years old and their families
    September 24, October 8, 10:30 a.m. -11 a.m.
    Durant Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street
    Arts on the Horizon – Home
  • Ethio Global Arts
    “Zema Felega” (Searching for the melody), music competition, final program with local, regional and global participants.
    December 3, 12 p.m. – 9 p.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 – 3 p.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 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    September 22, 23, 26, 27, & 28, Exhibition 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    “Special activity” Opening September 22 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Durant Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street
    Athenaeum | NVFAA | Alexandria Old Town
  • NOVA Connections
    “Made in Ethiopia DMV Trade Fair” features traditional music and dance
    October 15, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Durant Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street
    Events | africanrun.com
  • Running Strong Native American 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 – Young Indians

west end

  • Network of Family Service: “Ethiopian Film and Art Festival”, photo exhibition and round table with Ethiopian film directors, actors and actresses. August 26, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; August 27, 2-8 p.m. Patrick Henry Recreation Center, Black Box Theater, 4653 Taney AveNetwork of Family Service (network-of-family-service-nofs.netlify.app)
  • QuinTango “Tango Concerts and Music Workshops for Families” Date/Time: TBDWilliam Ramsay Recreation Center, 5640 Sanger AvenueSeptember 23, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney AvenueQUINTANGO – QuinTango Home
  • Raeye Children Aid, Inc. “Enkutatash Fest in Alexandria 2022” Ethiopian New Year Celebration featuring traditional music, dance, fashion and arts.
  • Sound Impact “Musicpalooza”, an interactive musical performance and musical creationSeptember 24, 10 a.m.Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney AvenueMusicpalooza — Sound Impact
  • Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic “Musical Tales for Children!” Three family orchestra concerts. October 22, November 12, December 17, 4-6 p.m. Patrick Henry Recreation Center, Black Box Theatre, 4653 Taney Avenuewmpamusic.org

Photo via Alexandria Citizens Band/Facebook

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