Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Cultural arts center has had its share of successes and failures, Arlington Economic Development Executive Director Terry Holzheimer said.
The Artisphere is having something of an identity crisis. Originally conceived as a cultural arts center, county leaders concede that things haven't exactly worked out as planned. The facility didn't bring enough people in to support a bar and restaurant, providing space for area businesses to have a residency didn't work, and it costs the county more than $1 million a year just to keep the doors open. "We're rethinking it now," Arlington Economic Development Director Terry Holzheimer told Patch. "There's not sufficient funding to create a world-class cultural center." But that doesn't mean arts won't be a part of the Artisphere's future. [More: Artisphere: What Does Success Look Like?] The facility opened in October 2010 under the …
Arlington Economic Director Terry Holzheimer: Scope of project needs to be scaled down and its purpose broadened.
So, what should the Artisphere be? It's the conversation that perhaps started two-and-a-half years late — and it started Tuesday with a few big questions. What does success look like for Rosslyn's cultural arts center? Should the public facility be limited to the arts? Elected officials began wondering aloud as to what the county's end game should be for the Artisphere on Tuesday after Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey questioned increasing the county's subsidy to a struggling facility while cuts are being proposed to social safety net programs. [More: Arlington Leaders 'Rethinking' Artisphere] Arlington Economic Development Director Terry Holzheimer said one thing it won't be is the Strathmore of Rosslyn. "That isn't possible. It…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The gallery features international designers and contemporary pieces and will be on display until mid-May.
International designers have come together to produce a gallery of over 100 eco-friendly and useful every day household items. The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century, on display at the Artisphere in Rosslyn and put together by Curator Douglas Burton, attempts to spotlight the international side of the Washington metropolitan area. “There are people from every part of the world based (in the greater Washington area),” Burton said. “I think it's important that those people, and the people that are native to the area, see that Washington is a major international player like New York, Chicago and L.A." Designers from the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and the United States have …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Entrepreneurship symposium features panels, an expo, a job fair and a 'Dolphin Tank.'
The Foster.ly team is corralling a long list of angel investors, business incubators, and experts in a variety of fields for an eight-hour whirlwind entrepreneurship symposium in May. The Day of Foster.ly will return to the Artisphere in Rosslyn for its second annual event on May 4. Foster.ly, a collective of entrepreneurs focused on the greater Washington area, will announce the event today. "The goal is to get as many panels, and good information, as well as unique opportunities in one space… and to bring as many entrepreneurs together as possible," said Dov Markowitz, who handles operations for Foster.ly. The day features an expo that brings together everyone from venture capitalists to T-shirt printers in an effort to collect all the …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Five local filmmakers were recognized at Arlington Independent Media's Rosebud festival.
A few local filmmakers took home $1,000 at the Rosebud Film and Video Festival awards Sunday at the Clarendon Ballroom. The festival, now in its 22nd year, draws talent from Washington, Maryland and Virginia. About 250 people came out to view 20 films included at a showcase Saturday at the Artisphere in Rosslyn. The following winners were announced: Matthew Pickett for "The King's River" Gemal Woods for "Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition" Laura Gamse for "The Creators" Robert Parrish for "Next to Heaven: Winner" And Steven Vagias for "Gutted." Vagias was also awarded Best in Show for "Gutted." The festival is put on by Arlington Independent Media, a nonprofit membership organization that provides media production training workshops, …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
The event will draw 40 local crafters.
Forty local crafters will be at the Artisphere for Grump, an alternative holiday craft show today. The Artisphere is hosting the free event from noon to 6 p.m. today at 1101 Wilson Blvd. The event features a tacky-sweater photo booth, DJs and handmade goods, according to the arts venue. Vendors are selling everything from T-shirts and to jewelry to comic books and soap. Read a full list of the vendors who will attend Grump on the Artisphere’s website.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The weekend is here! How are you going to spend it?
1. 58th Annual St. John's Greens Sale & Christmas Bazaar When/Where: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St John's Episcopal Church Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St., NW. Why Go: This family-friendly event offers crafts for the kids, holiday wreaths and greens to make your home festive and food and carols to keep the whole family happy. Cost: Free to attend, prices for greens vary. 2. Miracle on 23rd Street When/Where: Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday outside (and continue inside) Linden Resources, 750 S. 23rd St., Arlington Why Go: This free event features a festive tree lighting, Santa Claus arriving on an Arlington County fire truck, holiday music performances, children's activities and food. Inside, crafts will be on sale. Linden Resources …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Specially commissioned project will be on display on the Artisphere dome's exterior tonight only.
A new exhibit designed to illustrate the connections between our online and offline selves opens tonight with a free reception. The kickoff of W3FI — pronounced "We-Fi" — coincides with the annual Light Up Rosslyn event. The collaboration of artists Chris Coleman and Laleh Mehran is designed to be an "immersive digital installation," according to Artisphere. Artisphere's walls will be animated with real-time information gathered from visitors and the region at large. A specially commissioned project will be displayed on the Artisphere dome's exterior from 5:15 to 11 p.m. tonight only. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 20.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Celebration includes programming throughout the weekend.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
It's the third annual show.