Creative Economy

NOT FORGOTTEN: The Yorktown Seniors projected in Rosslyn, Saturday June 13.

Photos by Matt Mendelsohn

In an extraordinary tribute to high school seniors, Arlington photographer Matt Mendelsohn created a portrait essay of the graduating class of Yorktown High School.

On Saturday, June 13, from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., the collection of images will be projected on the large lobby screen at JBG SMITH Central Place Tower at 1201 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington and visible from a distance.

"The COVID-19 crisis completely upended the region, interrupting our daily lives and the landmark occasions that so many of our neighbors were looking forward to celebrating as spring and summer approached," said Andy Vanhorn, JBG SMITH Executive Vice President. "As a longtime investor and partner in Arlington County, JBG SMITH was excited for the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the Yorktown senior class."


COVID-19 Resources for the Creative Sector

While government and public health officials continue to publish up to date information to keep everyone safe, the Virginia Commission for the Arts has created a roster of resources for creative organizations and individuals.

Our Creative Economy

What is the Creative Economy? Over the last decade, cities and countries worldwide have studied how creative industries like design, advertising, media, film, theater, architecture and more are influencing technology, place making, workforce and economies.

In Arlington, the creative economy has significant impact in both for-profit and non-profit realms. In its most recent Arts and Economic Prosperity report, Americans for the Arts calculated Arlington’s direct economic impact of the non-profit arts alone at more than $97 million.

Creative Economy Programs in Arlington


Made in Arlington vendor Mira Jean
Photo by Shelly Han

that foster a creative sector have come out of a great array of partnerships with businesses, higher education and professional organizations.The ADClub of DC, YES&, Fors Marsh, Virginia Tech Research Center, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, Columbia Pike Artists Studios, APAH and CPRO are some of the leaders putting creativity on par with innovation.

Arlington's two flagship Creative Economy programs are the Return on Creativity: An Arlington Asset speakers series and Made in Arlington pop-up retail market events.


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