To support area artists through studios, exhibitions, and educational programs.

 |  3550 WILSON BLVD Arlington VA 22201-2322

Arlington Art Center is headquartered in Arlington, VA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 23-7382322.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Visual Arts Organizations within the Arts, Culture and Humanities category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1975.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology due to only having 2 years of electronically-filed IRS Form 990 data.

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Charity Navigator currently only has 2 years of consecutive e-filed Forms 990 from the IRS for Arlington Art Center under the EIN: 23-7382322.
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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Arlington Art Center reported its three largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


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The AAC serves hundreds of students each year through classes and workshops taught by professional artists year-round. These classes serve both adults and children, and new classes are offered each se ... (More)


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AAC presents highly-respected exhibitions featuring work by emerging and established contemporary artists primarily from the Mid-Atlantic region. Exhibitions in nine galleries rotate quarterly and are ... (More)


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AAC's unique Resident Artist program provides subsidized studio space for twelve area artists selected through a competitive process. AAC offers ten working studios, designed to allow artists to focus ... (More)

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The organization works to simultaneously support new regional artists and educate the public in the visual arts.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

We support artists by providing exhibition opportunities and subsidized studio spaces. We educate the public by providing close contact with high performing artists and related visual arts educational classes and events.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

We have an exceptional physical facility with architectural and historical relevance. Our space is intimate and inviting to the public. Our staff is highly trained and capable. We only hire professional contracted instructors for our educational classes.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We keep records of daily gallery attendance and event attendance. We value critical reviews and constituent feedback from our programs and classes. Feedback is received verbally and in written forms. We are able to maintain a consistent financial condition and we receive annual awards from grantors.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

In 2016 we hosted 133 events facilitating over 10,000 individuals' art experiences. Our gallery opening events are consistently well attended with 500-750 visitors at each event.


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