Alexandria’s “Year of the Arts”: looking ahead to 2014

The gifts have been opened, the feasting is complete, and all that’s left is a happy search for the perfect place to hang those new works of art—but as 2013 slips quietly away, the year ahead is exciting indeed.

In 2014, we’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. As we began planning our own celebration, we noticed something truly extraordinary: Many other arts organizations across Alexandria are gearing up for anniversaries too:

100 years: The Old Town Theater
80 years: The Little Theatre of Alexandria
70 years: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
60 years: The Art League
50 years: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association
30 years: MetroStage and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts
25 years:  The Washington Balalaika Society
20 years: First Night Alexandria
15 years: Choreographers Collaboration Project
10 years: the  performing arts center at Episcopal High School, the Durant Arts Center, and Art in City Hall
5 years: Arts on the Horizon and the Youth Arts Festival

From the waterfront to the suburbs, from small private galleries to City Hall, the arts are an endlessly renewing source of creativity, enlightenment, and joy. In 2014, we’ll celebrate not only our own 40th, but also the full panorama of music, dance, theater, visual arts, public programs, and arts education that makes Alexandria such an inspiring place to live and work.

In the weeks ahead, watch this space for details—and get ready for a brilliant, arts-filled year for us all!

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