Arlington Players closes out season with a devilish delight

Erin Branigan as Mrs. Lovett and Bob McGrath as the title character in the Arlington Players’ production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” (Photo by Peter Hill)

County Board members on July 14 are slated to approve $215,810 in direct support to Arlington arts groups for the coming year.

The funding request, which is in line with those of previous years, comes from the Arlington Commission for the Arts. The county has provided direct funding for Arlington-based arts organizations since 1990. (The county government also provides in-kind services, such as performance space.)

Groups slated to receive grants, and the total amount, include the Arlington Arts Center ($22,400); Arlington Philharmonic Association ($24,608); Arlington Players ($12,387); Bowen McCauley Dance ($21,985); Dominion Stage ($2,440); Educational Theatre Company ($8,610); Encore Stage & Studio ($20,262); Festival Argentino ($577); Jane Franklin Dance ($18,886); and MusicLink Foundation ($1,639).

Also, National Chamber Ensemble ($7,575); Opera Nova ($1,128); Synetic Theater ($20,553); UrbanArias ($17,887); and WSC Avant Bard ($24,873).

In addition, the Arlingtones, Old Dominion Cloggers, Potomac Harmony Chorus, Prio Banglia and Sentimiento Peruano USA Dance School will receive in-kind support,  and individual artists Sushmita Mazumdar and Romeo Taylor will receive $5,000 grants.

(3) comments


[thumbup] to means testing arts organizations that receive the yearly stipends during the County's Christmas in July Meeting. Same old half dozen groups whose boards of directors are a who's who of Arlington's Oligarchy and which almost never engage in substantive fund raising get almost all the giveaway grants.

Dave Schutz

Rule of thumb for rentals is one per cent of the value, per month. Arlington has assessed the Maury at $5 million. So if we are renting it to the Arts group for less than fifty thousand a month, the difference should be counted as in kind support - an awfully expensive way to provide a few near-zero-cost artist studios.


A few years ago the local newspaper in a nearby jurisdiction investigated the artists whose studios were heavily subsidized in the local arts center. Surprise, Surprise. They were the spouses of local VIPs who had majored in Fine Arts in college and were unemployable except as artists.

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