Posted on November 12, 2022
Today the Arlington County Board Approved License Agreement for a unique new partnership between Arlington Arts and Arlington Independent Media (AIM) that will expand and enhance cultural and artistic opportunities throughout Arlington with a new AIM satellite location at 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive of Arlington Arts. AIM, which has provided video instruction and community streaming access to Arlingtonians since 1982, will use existing studio space at 3700 to expand its access to multimedia technologies and the creation of video, audio, web content. and digital.
“This unique collaboration will expand arts education and access to the wider Arlington community and provide an opportunity to share knowledge and resources,” said County Board Chair Katie Cristol. . “The partnership also advances the goals and vision of a thriving ‘arts and industry’ in the Four Mile Run Valley area plan by bringing community broadcasting services as well as audio-visual educational programming to the area.”
The partnership aligns with AIM’s mission to increase diverse and inclusive access to established and emerging public media. “I am extremely proud and honored to lead AIM as we expand into a secondary space in south Arlington. As a longtime resident of Arlington, I respect and appreciate the rich history of the county, especially of Green Valley,” said Arlington CEO Whytni Kernodle. Independent media. “The AIM team is excited to bring community media to South Arlington, we look forward to connecting with the local community, meeting residents and business owners, and more.”
This collaboration not only enhances opportunities for Arlington residents, but is also a significant step forward in the ongoing effort to expand cultural offerings along the Four Mile Run Corridor. This effort is an important facet of the County’s Four Mile Run Valley Area Plan as well as the Public Art Master Plan and other long-range planning initiatives, and it aligns with the ongoing goals of providing a extensive community network of arts initiatives in South Arlington.
Approximately 3700 Four Mile Run
Built as a bottling plant for Pepsi-Cola in the mid-1940s, the building at 3700 Four Mile Run Drive later served as WETA’s radio broadcast center. When the county acquired the facility in the early 2000s to house the Theater on the Run’s black box room, rehearsal spaces, dance studios, offices and gallery, three soundproof studio spaces were preserved. Over the past two decades, these studios have been used periodically for an array of county and independent projects. These range from sessions for CAMMO – a non-profit organization providing opportunities for veteran military musicians, to “Now and Then”, the only solo album by Arlington bluegrass fiddle legend Roy “Speedy” Tolliver (1918 -2017). This new partnership is an ideal opportunity to activate these purpose-built studios across AIM’s production and broadcast businesses.
About Arlington Independent Media and Arlington Arts
Arlington Independent Media is a community media organization with a 40 year history in Arlington, VA. Our mission is to make media more accessible within the community. We believe in independent voices to build community and we are committed to amplifying the voices of the most marginalized in our community.
Arlington Cultural Affairsa division of Arlington Economic Development, offers public activities and programs Arlington Arts. Our mission is to create, support and promote the arts, connecting artists and the community to reflect Arlington’s diversity. This includes providing material support to artists and arts organizations in the form of grants, facilities and theater technology; integrate award-winning public art into our built environment; and presenting high-quality interpretive, literary, visual and new media programming throughout the county.