Arlington is about to unveil the plans for its new Cultural Center. A special preview will be held on Saturday, October 10, from 8-11 pm, and it is FREE! It will be an evening of short performances by Synetic Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Rapper Remy Munasifi, videos, music by Anthology of Booty, Los Quetzales Mexican Dance, and much more.
Where? 1101 Wilson Boulevard (the former Newseum), 1 block from the Rosslyn Metro, in Arlington Virginia. The Newseum vacated the space in March 2002, to prepare to build out its massive new space at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington DC, which opened in April 2008. The space has been virtually empty since the Newseum closed its doors.
The venue will become the new home for the Washington Shakespeare Company as well as a place for the Artisan Center to open a retail outlet for Virginia’s fine craft artists. The Helen Hayes Award winning Synetic Theater will continue to be housed in the adjacent Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre. The new Cultural Center will feature an art gallery and arts education space, a 250-seat auditorium, black box theatre, wi-fi Town Square and café, a fine crafts store, and a 3,000 square foot ballroom space.
The Cultural Center will partner not only with the Washington Shakespeare Company but also the Ellipse Arts Center, and Bowen McCauley Dance. It hopes to draw 250,000 visitors a year.
The County is investing $5.6 million in this project and The Rosslyn Business Improvement District will invest $1.1 million as well as $300,000 a year for operating costs. The Cultural Center will be open 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Stop by and visit the new addition to Arlington Virginia!