We believe that LAC is a vital community asset, but there is no mention of LAC in Arlington's Cultural Affair's planning. The surrounding community overwhelmingly supports its presence the area. They, along with other community groups, artists, and arts advocates, value LAC as a vital asset.
LAC’s benefits to the community make it worth far more than what it costs to operate. Its 40-year history of public engagement has provided enrichment and encouraged expression throughout the community. For years, it was the site of the Arlington High School Apprenticeship Program in the Arts, as well as teacher-training workshops, and after-school art programs. LAC ran a gallery with rotating exhibitions of visiting and resident artists. Open houses and art sales were a popular opportunity to learn about the disciplines, as well as to purchase a purchase a piece of art to take home.
No other community studio in Arlington (or the metro area) offers the access and selection of 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. Frequent workshops led by nationally and internationally known artists were open to all.
LAC is a vital community asset. We ask that you:
§ Consider a proposal from LAC to continue and expand the program by:
§ Recruiting and accepting new member
§ Re-instating master workshops, artist-in-residence programs, and monthly exhibitions
§ Open other spaces for meetings and events
§ Re-establishing connections with Arlington Public Schools through programs, such as the Arlington High School Arts Apprenticeship, and programs to supplement the APS arts curricula.
§ Developing mentoring programs for all age groups
§ Preserve and restore the building.
§ Commit to maintaining an arts presence at Langston Boulevard and Lexington Street.
Thank you for your consideration.