That space has been under the guillotine, as far as the county manager has been concerned, for some time now. We have been reminded many times with regards to the unfortunate state of the facility (due to the county’s neglect over the years), coupled with a program who has received very little support, that the artists are now faced with another dilemma: What happens when the county government shutters and mothballs the building?
There is no plan from county leaders to do anything with the building. What happens to the artists? Is there a plan in place for such a day? Will there be a space available sooner than later? Where is the responsibility to the artists, who are the living part of the program?
We need a plan immediately that would establish a future for this valuable program and that recognizes the need for a strong arts presence on the Langston Boulevard corridor.
One thing that has been proven historically in Arlington is, once you lose something, it does not come back. And Langston Boulevard should be aware of this if it wants to have a real arts presence in its future.
I would like to quote someone from a recent conversation we were having about art: “As a culture, we celebrate and value the art that has happened.
What we lack is our support of art that is happening. Without that, the first is impossible, and we risk losing our record of the cultural mindset of that time.”
David Carlson, Arlington
Published on March 30, 2022