Growing from a grassroots organization in 1976 to a regionally acclaimed visual arts center today, Arlington Arts Center has made incredible strides – as have the artists who call AAC their home. Committed to supporting new visual artists, educating children and adults alike, and creating residencies in which upcoming creators can thrive, it is a vital element of the cultural world of Greater Washington. Nine galleries enable AAC to present diverse, cutting-edge exhibitions; two Experimental Galleries are dedicated to technological or installation works – a rare, but highly desirable opportunity. AAC’s classes are equally wide-ranging: along with painting and drawing, the center offers classes in public art and photo documentary for teenagers, as well as bilingual adult classes for Spanish, Farsi, Russian, and Hebrew speakers. And for local and international artists alike it can be the next, key stage in their growth: the artists residency program offers affordable studio space, regular exhibition opportunities, and a built-in support system. With your help, so many ideas will become ... works of art.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; Virginia Square; Ashton Heights;

Age Groups Served: Pre-K; Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult; Elderly; Grades K-5; Grades K-12; Grades 6-12; Grade 9-12

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 8%; Asian American, 10%; Caucasian, 60%; Latino/Hispanic, 15%; Other, 7%

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: -Long Branch, HB Woodlawn, Thomas Jefferson (Operation Paydirt/Fundred Project) ; -Thomas Jefferson & Kenmore Middle School (Summer Activities Fair); -Many of our Children's art class instructors are Arlington Public School teachers and a number of our Resident Artists have completed art projects and programs with area schools.

Awards & Recognition

Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington (awarded to former Director Claire Huschle), 2010
Catalogue for Philanthropy- One of the Best, 2008-2009
Arlington's Best Business Award for Best Visual Arts Venue, October 2008

Washington Post- "Paradox Now!", August 2009
Washington Post Express - "Picturing Politics", October 2008
Washington Post - "She's So Articulate", June 2008
Art In America - May 2008
Arlington Connection - "Wreckfest @ Tiffany's", April 2008


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Budget (FY2011)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Arlington Arts Center is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue selected us as one of its featured charities! Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $29 million for charities across Greater Washington.

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