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‘Instrument petting zoo’, Ethiopian film festival and more get art grant funding in Alexandria

Alexandria’s Office of the Arts has announced new funding aimed at helping to 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, launched in April with $60,000 to distribute.

Ultimately, the release said the program is granting $61,143 to 13 organizations, which in turn will hire and engage over 200 artists with 38 different programs.

“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,” the city said in a release.”All Alexandria city residents are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming Creative Neighborhood programs and to take part in this historic initiative which will help create vibrant creative communities in our city.”

In Arlandria, two of the programs receiving funding are a “MakersFEST” — a free art-making day with local artists in October — and a concert/”instrument petting zoo” hosted by the Alexandria Citizens Band.

In the West End, the grant funding will go to benefit an Ethiopian Film and Art Festival later this month, a Tango Concert series in September, and more.

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

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

City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is pleased to announce the results of the Creative Neighborhood Grant Program (CNGP). Funding for the Creative Neighborhood Grant Program is made possible by City of Alexandria and an Arts Project grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

The Creative Neighborhood Grant Program application was launched on April 15, 2022, and by May 13, 2022, the Office of the Arts received 15 grant applications.  With only $60,000 available to award, $61,143 is regranted to 13 nonprofit organizations which will help to hire and engage more than 200 artists with 38 program occurrences and 162 programming hours.

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. All Alexandria city residents are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming Creative Neighborhood programs and to take part in this historic initiative which will help create vibrant creative communities in our city.

The Office of the Arts would also like to extend its appreciation for the honorable Mayor Justin Wilson, members of the Alexandria City Council, collaborating partners including Alexandria City Public Schools, Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, Office of Fine Arts; ACT for Alexandria; Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority; Alexandria’s Race and Social Equity Office; the West End Business Association; and Casa Chirilagua and various community stakeholders for their strong support of the Creative Neighborhood Grant Program and the arts in the city.

Should you have any questions about the Creative Neighborhood Grant Program or other Office of the Arts programs and services visit: alexandriava.gov/Arts or email [email protected].

Creative Neighborhood Grant Programs to be offered between July 1 and December 15, 2022.

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 AvenueNetwork 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 – 7p.m.Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney AvenueQUINTANGO – 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 AvenueRaeye (raeyechildrenaid.org)
  • Sound Impact”Musicpalooza,” an interactive musical performance and music makingSeptember 24, 10 a.m.Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney AvenueMusicpalooza — 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 Avenuewmpamusic.org

Photo via Alexandria Citizens Band/Facebook

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