Last fall the Arlington Commission on Arts and Culture (ACAC) engaged the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to launch a town-wide cultural planning process. Since then they’ve learned a lot from a survey (with 800 respondents), a series of focus groups, and two town meetings. They have focused on assessing the following:

  1. the nature and quality of Arlington’s existing arts and cultural assets,
  2. the challenges facing Arlington’s arts and cultural sector (which includes individual artists,
    businesses, and organizations, and others), and
  3. the opportunities that exist for strengthening Arlington’s arts and cultural life.

MAPC recently reported their results here (featuring this introduction), and attendees reviewed and discussed all this at a June 6 meeting at town hall.

Speaking for myself (Bruce Hoppe, not representing ACA), I am excited to assist with the musical aspects of this discussion. For starters, what are Arlington’s existing musical assets? I know of an MAPC spreadsheet on this question (for cultural assets in general), but I would really like to see or develop an intuitive overview, perhaps in the form of a short article. Let’s hear the story, not the inventory. Working title for the story is “The Arlington Music Scene.”

Are you also interested in this story? I would like to hear your perspective. Please drop me a line. You can comment on this blog post, or email me at behoppe333 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Stay tuned to this blog for updates on this conversation. Thanks!

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