Local art agencies in Northern Virginia announce new collaboration

Today, the local arts agencies of Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, and Fairfax County announce the formation of Northern Virginia Local Arts Agencies (NVLAA) to expand resources and opportunities for artists and arts organizations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

NVLAA consists of staff from the Alexandria Office of the Arts, Arlington Cultural Affairs Office and ArtsFairfax. The organization’s goal is to offer artists and arts organizations throughout the Northern Virginia region a series of free professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

“As local art agencies, we work to meet artists and organizations where they work. Artists from Northern Virginia travel, create and perform throughout the region, and (NAME) is expanding this community building to help artists make new connections and learn new skills,” says an NVLAA representative.

This fall, NVLAA launches with four virtual workshops:


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Nonprofits have tons of stories to tell, and stories are better with data! In this workshop, participants will learn how to start collecting data to tell their story in a unique and compelling way every time.


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This is a follow-up workshop for a deeper dive into data collection and analysis, including personalized questions and answers on techniques and methods for data collection, analysis, and use.


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For artists looking to update their website or expand into e-commerce, this workshop will provide the basic checklist of what it takes for an artist website, what collectors and art professionals are looking for, and the appropriate use of metadata to help you work, go through.


Supported by Springboard for the Arts

Participants will learn how to create a simple business plan in art-friendly language to organize all the different aspects of their artistic practice and make informed business decisions.

All workshops are free and require prior registration. To register for an NVLAA workshop, visit NVLAAfall2022.eventbrite.com.

ArtsFairfax is the non-profit organization designated as Fairfax County’s Local Arts Agency. Committed to the belief that the arts are essential to a thriving community, the ArtsFairfax mission is to expand support for and access to arts and cultural opportunities for Fairfax County’s more than 1.2 million residents. By offering informational, financial and programmatic services, ArtsFairfax advances the role of arts and culture in deepening community engagement, creating a sense of place and fostering economic growth. A 501(c)(3) since 1964, ArtsFairfax provides these services to all who contribute to and experience the arts in Fairfax County and is funded in part by the County, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the art as well as companies, foundations and individuals.

Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development that offers public activities and programs as Arlington Arts. Our mission is to create, support and encourage the arts, connecting artists and our community to reflect the diversity of Arlington.

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities advances the value of arts and culture in Alexandria by promoting, investing, and celebrating the creative contributions of artists and arts organizations through the Department’s Office of the Arts. By engaging the community, encouraging participation, and facilitating access to the arts, RPCA partners with local artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant community for all city residents, workers, and visitors. Within the department, the Events and Public Space Activation team strengthens and builds the social fabric of Alexandria. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/Arts or follow @alexartsoffice on Instagram and Twitter. Add to the conversation with #artsALX.

Established in 1974 in a former Navy munitions factory, the Torpedo Factory Art Center houses the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible artist studios under one roof. The Art Center is part of the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities. Just south of Washington, DC, the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Every year more than half a million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 165 resident artists in 82 studios and seven galleries. The Art Center also houses the Art League headquarters and gallery, and the Alexandria Archeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest via @torpedofactory.

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