DASHing Words in Motion Poetry contest in Alexandria, Virginia

“DASHing Words in Motion” Call to the Community

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts and the Alexandria Transit Company have joined forces to host a poetry contest “DASHing Words in Motion”. The poetry contest is to encourage quality writing by writers and poets 16 years or older, who live, work or study in the City of Alexandria. The deadline for submitting entries is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Winners will have their poems published inside the Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH buses and Trolleys in April 2017 in celebration of National Poetry Month through May.


OrangeCSA Logo

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is pleased to announce the inaugural season of Alexandria’s Community Supported Art (CSA).

What is Community Supported Art?  Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. It has been replicated in over 100 cities in North America over the past several years. Interested consumers/collectors can purchase a “share” consisting of six pieces of locally produced artwork (one from each artist). Shares will include photography, glass, pastels, watercolors and ceramics.

Only 50 shares will be available and are expected to sell out fast. Shares cost $250 each and will be distributed at our Pick-Up Party on Wednesday, September 28 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Durant Arts Center, located at 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria. You will have a chance to mingle with fellow shareholders as well as the artists that designed your artwork, all while enjoying live music and delicious food and beverages provided by Bittersweet Catering. Each shareholder may bring one guest to the Pick-Up Party (tickets required).

The following artists will be producing their artwork for this program:

To purchase a share, please the Community Supported Art website.

National Night Out 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia

City of Alexandria Office of the Arts Accepting Arts Program Grant Applications

Grant funds are available to eligible arts organizations and individual artists for operations, programs and special projects that occur in Alexandria between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. For additional information and to submit an application, visit this link.

The Office of the Arts will conduct a series of grant workshops and webinars to assist interested applicants in preparing their grant applications.  New applicants or arts organizations who have not submitted an application in the past two years are required to attend. Due to changes in the granting process, other applicants are urged to attend these free workshops and webinars.

More information on the webinars is below.


Traffic Control Box Public Art Project in Alexandria, Virginia

Image via RPCA on Facebook

The popular 2015 Traffic Box Wrap Project returns to Alexandria, Virginia in 2016

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts invites artists and artist teams residing in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee to submit their qualifications for this year’s Traffic Control Box Vinyl Wrap Public Art Project. You can see last year’s project at this link.

Up to three artists or artist teams will be selected to design wraps for 12 traffic control boxes located at intersections in the West End of the City of Alexandria. The wraps will cover all four sides and the top of each box.  Artists are encouraged to use a variety of media, such as photography, painting, collage, digital imagery, etc. to develop their designs. Selected artists will be required to submit their final designs at full-scale in a digital format such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or a combination of the three. The City will be responsible for the printing and installation of the box wraps.

The unveiling of the traffic control box wraps will coincide with National Public Works Week beginning on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

For more information on the project and to apply click this link.

Art on the Avenue - October 4, 2014

“Family Paint Night” is one of Alexandria’s “First Fridays” events

The Office of the Arts invites you to explore the arts by attending a “Family Paint Night” on Friday, June 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Durant Arts Center, located at 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Teresa Brunson, featured artist, will guide you through painting your very own masterpiece. No experience needed. Art supplies, pizza and soda provided.

Advance reservations are $5 per person or $15 per family. At the door reservations will be $10 per person, or $20 per family. Children must be accompanied by one adult. For reservations and to pay online visit this link.

“Family Paint Night” is one of the “First Fridays” events. The Series is a project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.

For additional information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, or visit the Office of the Arts at this link.

(Flickr Pool photo by Del Ray Artisans, on Flickr)

Real Time Analytics