LAC (formerly known as the Lee Arts Center within the Lee Community Center) is located at the corner of Langston Blvd and Lexington Street. For more than 40 years prior to its 2020 closing, it provided artists and the community with open studios, educational opportunities, and sponsored art events for all of Arlington citizens.
The LAC program is a juried-member studio granting more than 50 artists a place to work without limitations. All local artists are welcome and invited to apply for membership.
The studios have heavy and expensive equipment, printing presses, kilns, wheels, and other gear, that most artists cannot afford or have space for in their homes. Access to these studios give artists, creative hobbyists, and those who want to learn new skills, as well as recent graduates of university art programs, a place to work and grow.
LAC hosted workshops, art exhibitions, and sales — all open to the community — as well as the Arlington High School Apprentice program and workshops for APS art teachers.
The proposed FY23 budget would require that LAC artists pay 100% of direct costs. That means an annual fee increase fromn$998 to $2,200 (ceramics).
No other community studios in Arlington (or the metro area) offers the access and selection of ceramics and printmaking equipment found at LAC. It has been the place for artists to develop skills learned elsewhere and a critical resource for recent graduates of university art programs.