The Alexandria Arts Alliance in partnership with ACT for Alexandria and in collaboration with Alexandria’s vibrant artists and arts organizations announces and invites you to its first virtual fundraising event, streaming on Facebook Live on Oct. 24, 2020 at 7 p.m.
ACT 4 #ArtsALX will include inspiring video vignettes from 23 Alexandria-based artists and arts organizations representing the disciplines of music, dance, visual arts, theater, film and artisans as well as special appearances (including Mayor Justin Wilson and a cast member from Saturday Night Live). One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will benefit the following participants:
Alexandria Choral Society, Alexandria Citizens Band, Alexandria Film Festival, Alexandria Harmonizers, Alexandria Singers, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Art on the Avenue, Arts on the Horizon, ArtSpire VA, Brave Spirits Theatre, Del Ray Artisans, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Fantastical Glass, Karen Fitzgerald Art, Lisa Schumaier, Local Motion Project, Metropolitan School of the Arts, MetroStage, QuinTango, The Art League, UpCycle Creative Reuse Center, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, and Yellow Door Concert Series.
ACT 4 #ArtsALX was inspired by the need for artists to share their work given the difficulty of performing, teaching and holding exhibits in the time of COVID-19. The lack of revenue from performances, classes and exhibitions has led to critical financial problems for the arts. Most artists and organizations have had to cancel seasons and indoor events for the foreseeable future, transitioning to smaller, outdoor events and virtual presentations.
“We knew as the weather gets colder, gathering will become more challenging,” says Alexandria Arts Alliance Board President Melinda Kernc. “There is amazing and inspirational art happening all around us, and we want Alexandria residents to experience it, even if they are staying home. These artists and arts organizations desperately need support from the community they serve so well. This entertaining, collaborative showcase provides a way to ensure the arts will emerge strong when the pandemic subsides.”
Homegrown Restaurant Group will donate 10% from all take-out orders mentioning ACT 4 #ArtsALX on the evening of the event. The Alexandria Arts Alliance thanks event collaborators and contributors ACT for Alexandria, the Alexandria Office of the Arts, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, and the Garden by Building Momentum.
The fundraising event will stream on the Alexandria Arts Alliance Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtsALXAlliance. Viewers will be invited to donate through text-to-give, and the video will be viewable after the event. Donations are welcome at any time at https://alexandria-arts-alliance.snwbll.com/act4-artsalx or can be sent to ACT for Alexandria: 201 N Union Street, Suite 110, Alexandria VA 22314. Please designate donations as ACT4 #ArtsALX. For more information, visit http://www.alexandriaartsalliance.org/act-4-artsalx.html.