The philosophy of The Art League is simple: nurture the artist and you enrich the entire community. For seasoned artists and curious newcomers alike, the organization provides accessible exhibit space and a wide range of classes in virtually all visual arts disciplines. In collaboration with the court system, it also serves as home to Space of Her Own (SOHO), an arts-based mentoring program for creatively-inclined fifth grade girls who have a relative in jail or on probation one of the strongest indicators that a child will later become court-involved. Its IMPART program (Injured Military Personnel and Art), a partnership with Fort Belvoir Military Base and the USO, connects injured men and women with visual arts experiences designed to redevelop fine motor skills and provide opportunities for relaxed social engagement, personal enrichment, and expressive catharsis. Need-based scholarships are available for students of all ages and backgrounds. With your support, artists will always have a home in Alexandria and a champion in The Art League.

Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria

Where They Operate: VA-City of Alexandria

Age Groups Served: Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult; Elderly; Grades K-5; Grades K-12; Grades 6-12; Grade 9-12

Population(s) Served: All

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 56520

United Way Agency Number: 8065

Awards & Recognition

2004 - INOVA Alexandria and United Way's Eureka! Award
2005 Tony Taylor Award - Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington DC
2005 Northern Virginia Leadership Award for Community Partnership (Leadership Fairfax Inc.) for co-founding SOHOA Space of Her Own outreach program
2009 Presidents Committee on the Arts and the Humanities "Coming Up Taller" Semifinalist Award
2008 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce "Champion of the Arts" Award


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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for The Art League is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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