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The Soundry: Northern Virginia's 'Art Incubator' | Super NoVA

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The Soundry: Northern Virginia's 'Art Incubator'
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The Soundry: Northern Virginia's 'Art Incubator'


The Soundry is Northern Virginia’s art incubator: it’s an automobile shop converted into a working studio, stage, classroom, gallery, boutique, and coffee shop in Vienna, VA. Some of the most popular events that take place at The Soundry are the open mic nights, which includes open comedy nights on Wednesdays and open music on Tuesdays. 

Jennifer Crawford is this week’s Super NoVA for her efforts to create a place for local artists. She and her husband opened The Soundry in December 2008, and it has since grown to include about 60 members. The Crawford's plan to open a second location in the future.

“I felt like this area has a lot of prosperity, but not a lot of personality,” said Crawford.

She felt like people did not really connect with the art community because the D.C. area is so transient. There was certainly local music and art, but not a communal creative place where people could come, until they created The Soundry.

One of the most unique aspects of The Soundry, she feels, is that artists are able to foster relationships with different types of performers which in turn, creates opportunities outside of The Soundry.

“People are able to hone their craft here and get better and get exposure. Then opportunities start to happen. This is the part that is really rewarding,” said Crawford.

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