With limited public performances, shuttered galleries and cancelled events, the Alexandria art scene has been hit hard this year.
On Saturday (October 24), the Alexandria Arts Alliance and ACT for Alexandria will host a virtual fundraiser for arts organizations and artists in the city.
“We knew as the weather gets colder, gathering will become more challenging,” said Alexandria Arts Alliance Board President Melinda Kernc. “There is amazing and inspirational art happening all around us, and we want Alexandria residents to experience it, even if they are staying home. These artists and arts organizations desperately need support from the community they serve so well. This entertaining, collaborative showcase provides a way to ensure the arts will emerge strong when the pandemic subsides.”
The event, which will raise funds for dozens of organizations, will be live streamed Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Alexandria Arts Alliance Facebook page. The event will include Guests will include an appearance by the mayor, a Saturday Night Live cast member and video vignettes from 23 Alexandria-based artists and arts organizations.
Additionally, Homegrown Restaurant Group (Holy Cow, Pork Barrel BBQ, The Sushi Bar, Sweet Fire Donna’s, Tequila & Taco, and Whiskey & Oyster) will donate 10% from its take-out orders that night if customers mention the event.
The following artist organizations will be featured:
- Alexandria Choral Society
- Alexandria Citizens Band
- Alexandria Film Festival
- Alexandria Harmonizers
- Alexandria Singers
- Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
- Art on the Avenue
- Arts on the Horizon
- ArtSpire VA
- Brave Spirits
- Del Ray Artisans
- Eclipse Chamber Orchestra
- Fantastical Glass
- Karen Fitzgerald Art
- Lisa Schumaier
- Local Motion Project
- Metropolitan School of the Arts
- The Art League
- UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
- Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association
- Yellow Door Concert Series