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Arlington Art Center

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews 69

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington VA 22201 USA

Mission:

The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is a contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work by regional artists. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and subsidized studios, the AAC serves as a bridge between artists and the public.

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Reviews for Arlington Art Center

Rating: 5 stars  

The AAC is a great place to experience contemporary art ! You can do this by visiting the exhibits, taking a class, coming to happy hours and talking with board members and artists, participating in special gallery events like our wonderful Day of the Dead gala or attending gallery talks and openings. There is always somethng exciting happening at AAC.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of the board of the AAC for over 6 years and a member of the Exhibitions committee. Before that I was an exhibiting artist. AAC serves Mid-Atlantic artists by providing a top notch venue in which to show their work. Many artist's careers have been successfully launched in our galleries. AAC also serves the community by presenting high quality, cutting edge art and providing forums and discussions which allow the public to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the works they are viewing.
Classes for kids and adults are also a big part of the AAC. It is a great place to find our "inner artist".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so very many ways. The AAC was a great help in getting my own work shown and reviewed and I've seen so many other artists enjoy the experience of showing their work and having it reviewed in important publications both on the local and national level.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't think of any.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our kids have taken probably a dozen classes and camps at the Arlington Arts Center and have loved their experiences. I am always astonished to see the breadth and ambition of the projects they tackle in a single session, and the instructors are calm, creative and kind. We believe the Center offers a great hands-on approach to art appreciation and are grateful for how it is enriching our kids' education. We also love the kids' art exhibits the Center organizes after a term -- it's thrilling for children to see their art taken seriously!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my children's artistic growth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Arlington Art Center is a treasure. It offers interesting and provocative exhibits in a beautiful space. Better yet, it is free and easily accessible right here in Arlington. No special trip downtown required. Stopping into AAC even for just a few minutes is always worthwhile. AAC also offers art classes. My daughter has taken several classes there and has loved all of them. The staff maintains a friendly and calm atmosphere for the children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Interesting exhibits and well run art classes for kids.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its funding and visibility.

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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

The AAC is a great place to attend a vibrant Friday opening and mingle with friends, or spend a quiet afternoon viewing the work of contemporary artists, or to take a class and learn to draw or paint or to visit artists in their studios and learn about what they are doing and why. Art is so accessible at the AAC, and the building is too. It's right on the Ballston-Virginia Square metro. I've done all of these things and love doing them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

taking drawing classes. The teachers were very friendly and knowledgeable and my skills really improved. The class was also a great break from my usual job. I was also amazed at how everyone's work was so different even when we were drawing the same thing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

put a bigger sign out front to list current activities so it's easy to see what is going on at the AAC.

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Rating: 5 stars  

AAC provides high quality art classes for young children. Instructors are outstanding. Projects promote imagination, creativity and are age appropriate. Signing your child up for a class is money well spent!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have a young child who is thrilled to use her own ideas to create art as a result of taking multiple classes at AAC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see more classes and single day workshops for adult and child to take together.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've served on the Board of Arlington Arts Center for the past 3 years, which I consider a honor. AAC is in an historical school building that has been renovated and expanded to include a gallery with 3 floor-to-ceiling Tiffany windows. This gallery is a popular event venue and adds to our earned income. AAC's mission includes cutting edge contemporary art exhibits drawn from regional emerging artists which change 5 times a year. As an arts incubator, AAC provides subsidized studio space and business support for 13 artists, who can remain in residence for up to six years. Classes for 3-year-olds and up run throughout the year. My photography improved tremendously during a class taken at AAC from a nationally-recognized photographer. I'm proud and pleased to live in the neighborhood with such a vibrant and dynamic cultural institution!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I took a photography class last summer that was excellent. The instructor was very clear and succinct in his direction. His approach provided a rich learning environment for all skill levels.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like for more people to know about AAC and enjoy its programs and events!

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 4 stars  

The Arlington Arts Center is a wonderful space for viewing varied and interesting art and artists and it offers wonderful art classes, summer camps and programs for children. My daughter, who is now 7, has been taking classes since she was 4 and we have been very satisfied. The instructors have been wonderful and the themes/projects have been engaging and challenging. I have recommended the Arts Center to both friends and family members and we look forward to more experiences there!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

happiness of my daughter

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have been very satisfied but if I had to make a suggestion it might be to continue to incorporate stories/books/history on artists.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a former NGO, I take great care in selecting where I volunteer, or in the case of the AAC, where I teach photography. The center has strong volunteer board and seasoned staff.....including an executive who has given the center continuity over the past five years. Despite the recent economic downturn, and its impact on funding sources, the AAC has maintained, if not increased, its range of programs and exhibitions.
-Steven L. Miller, www.SLMphoto.com

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced the solid administrative direction of this agency.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more space for current staff and office volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the Arlington Arts Center for the past three years and attended exhibitions there for years. With the leadership and vision provided by Excutive Director, Claire Huschle, and Director of Exhibitions, Jeffrey Cudlin, the AAC provides a welcoming environment for emerging artists in the Mid-Atlantic region and an exhibition space for truly thought provoking, cutting-edge work. The AAC also provides insightful, understandable explanatory materials (catalogs, display statements) that shed real light on the meaning and importance of even the most unusual and original works. This combination of work and exposition makes the AAC the most enjoyable place for the exhibition of contemporary art the I have ever experienced.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My attendance at a large number of openings of new exhibitions at the AAC

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get more funding so they can expand the great work they are doing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a resident artist at AAC for 6 years and appreciate all the
hard work from the staff during my tenure. This contemporary
art center is well known in the area as a leader in the visual arts.
I highly recommend this non-profit for consideration when donating,
visiting, taking a class or attending one of their opening receptions,
workshops or lectures.

Sabyna Sterrett

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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