What to See in Arlington in June


June 9, 2020

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1960 Sit-ins Arlington

60th Anniversary of the Arlington Lunch Counter Sit-ins

The lunch counter sit-ins took place in Arlington from June 9 to June 22, 1960 and were peaceful protests that challenged widespread segregation policies. For the last two years, Arlington Arts has been collaborating with the County's Historic Preservation Program and working with printer, book artist and papermaker, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. to commemorate Arlington's civil rights history. This spring, a set of his original prints were installed on an ART bus as part of the Art on the ART bus art program. More

In 2021, look for the Arlington Art Truck where you can print your own card and chat with a representative from The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington. More



Words to Art

Words to Art Zoom Reception

For four weeks we asked you to give us one word expressing your feelings and perception of the #COVID19 quarantine and watch it get transformed into art.

Join us on Wednesday to meet the curator and the artists behind the project. View all of the art here and please bring your questions and comments to the event!

7-8:30pm | Weds, June 10 | via Zoom



Columbia Pike Backyard Blues Fest

We’re bringing the blues to You! Tune in to WERA 96.7 or stream-on-demand from your own backyard!
Every summer since 1995, Columbia Pike has hosted the largest Blues Festival in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. But in the age of social distancing and in the interest of public health, we’re bringing the blues—and even the beer—to you this year! Bust out your radio or speakers and be part of a one-of-a-kind “Backyard Blues Fest.” More

5-7pm | June 20 | 96.7 WERA



Columbia Pike Backyard Blues Fest

What to See in Arlington in June

The Decameron

Synetic Theater: The Decameron

As profiled in The Washington Post, The Decameron is a collection of novellas that celebrates the human impulse to connect through storytelling in a time of despair and isolation. The book is structured as a collection of 100 tales told by a group of young people sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death epidemic. The tales the group tells each other range from life lessons and tongue-in-cheek commentary, to erotic and tragic love stories.

In this virtual play, artists are remotely adapting one story each while being mentored by other Synetic company members and artistic leadership to prepare the work for streaming. Choose your own viewing experience through individual selections, pre-created playlists, or tune in beginning June 10 to experience the work serially over 10 days, in honor of the source material. More

June 10-19 | Streaming on synetictheater.org


Creative Age


ETC: Creative Age (55+)

In this vibrant virtual class, students meet once a week to explore, discuss, and analyze an online play. Participants are sent a link for the assigned play a week before class, giving them plenty of time to watch the production whenever their schedules allow. Then, when the class meets, students dive into the themes and ideas of that play (with teacher-led discussions and questions), sharing stories from their own lives and experiences. No previous theatre knowledge required! More

Fridays | 10:30-11:30am | June 12-July 17 | via Zoom




Signature Theatre: Designing a Costume, From the Sketch to the Stage Virtual Masterclass

Get an insider’s look at costume design and creation with professional costume designer Alison Samantha Johnson and Signature’s Costume Director Frederick P. Deeben. From character research through sketching to collaboration with the Costume Shop, you’ll learn the full process of telling a story through garment design. More

7pm | June 11 | via Zoom



Virtual Masterclass Series

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Quaranzine: Confronting Racism

Arlington Public Library

Quaranzine Special Call for Submissions

The Arlington Public Library is now accepting submissions for a special Quaranzine "Confronting Racism" edition.

They are seeking 2D art and media that promote anti-racism, social justice, inclusion, racial equity, and accountability. They are seeking work that is in direct response to racism in the United States, and documentation that explores the intersections of race and the Arlington community. More

Deadline: Thurs, June 19



Ballston is Thank-Full

Artist Patrick Owens is creating a series of chalk murals on the sidewalks of Ballston over a three week period. These murals celebrate the workers on the front line during the pandemic. The first was completed last week outside Randolph Towers (4001 9th Street N).

The art was commissioned by BallstonGives, a charitable subsidiary of the Ballston Business Improvement District. More

May 30-June 12 | Ballston



Ballston is Thank-Full
Short Story Writing Contest

Arlington Public Library: Short Story Writing Contest

Adults and teens are invited to submit a work of short fiction for consideration in Arlington Public Library’s second annual short story writing contest. Stories with a theme of “Connections” are encouraged. More

Submissions deadline: August 14


Are you an artist? Our Artist Opportunities website has various calls for artists and employment opportunities in the D.C. area and sometimes beyond. The page is frequently updated, and you can also sign up to receive alerts via email. More