Each Tuesday afternoon Janet Kopenhaver, Chair of Embracing Arlington Arts will publish a 30-minute podcast featuring an arts organization representative, visual artist, arts expert, reviewer and many others to talk about upcoming productions, openings, the benefits of the arts, economic impact of arts and culture, new studies and much more to help listeners gain more and deeper insight into the world of arts and culture. Guests will also include dignitaries nationwide that value and advocate for the arts.
Megan Beyer "Talks" White House Office on Arts and Culture
Arlington County's "First Lady" and fierce arts advocate Megan Beyer was a distinguished guest on "Embracing Arlington Arts Talks." We talked about the need for a White House Office on Arts and Culture, what is Virginia Humanities focusing on, her previous work as the Director of the President's Committee on Arts and Culture in the Obama Administration, her advice to arts organizations struggling during this pandemic, and much more. So glad Megan is in our corner fighting for the arts!
Mikael Manoukian "Talks" Rug Shop Concerts
Mikael Manoukian, Co-Owner of Manoukian Brothers Oriental Rugs talked about the unique concerts the shop (called the "Rug Shop Concerts") has been hosting since the pandemic hit. Get the details on the bands set to perform in May, as well as planned concerts in June as part of the Blues Festival. Also hear why he started hosting these events, what types of other artists will be performing, and whether these events will continue once the country reopens. Such a wonderful contribution back to the community!
Visual Artist Kate Fleming "Talks" 50 States Project
Visual Artist Kate Fleming is interviewed in this show about her ambitious and laudable "50 States Project" which captures the United States at a specific - and tumultuous - time. Find out where they have been, how the project changed after COVID pandemic hit, how they decide where in each state to visit and some of the art pieces created as part of the series. Also learn about how she became a professional artist and how to keep abreast of their travels and artwork as they visit the remaining 33 states.
Actor Dina Soltan "Talks" Donor Relations and Theater Management Model
Actor Dina Soltan joined us for such an interesting conversation about how she got into the theater industry via the United Kingdom and Egypt, and finally landing in the DC region. Also find out what exactly a "Donor Relations" job in the theater entails, her responsibilities as part of the Artistic Collaborative managing Avant Bard Theatre Company, why this shared business model is so effective and her favorite types of roles. Also get the details on her upcoming virtual performance at Mosaic Theater Co.
Alyssa Sanders and Megan Behm "Talk" New Theater Business Model
Actor Alyssa Sanders and Director Megan Behm joined us to talk about their new Artistic Collaborative with three other theater professionals to manage Avant Bard Theatre Co. Hear about their respective roles in the shared leadership theater business model, and why they believe this new model is a big improvement over traditional management styles, is becoming more popular in the DC region and why it will lead to less hierarchy in theater management. Also learn about some of their upcoming online programs.
Maria Manuela Goyanes "Talks" Woolly Mammoth Digital Productions
The Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co. Maria Manuela Goyanes was a guest on "Embracing Arlington Arts Talks" for a wide-ranging and insightful chat. Get details on the group's jam-packed digital production line up, "Play At Home" series that put money into playwrights' pockets, and the Miranda Family Fellowship program to help young theater professionals from historically excluded communities. Also hear her honest assessment of progress on the diversity front in theaters in a post-COVID world.