The Art League has a simple philosophy: nurture the artist and you enrich the entire community. For seasoned artists and curious newcomers alike, it provides accessible exhibit space and classes in virtually all visual arts disciplines – from ceramics to jewelry to mixed media. In collaboration with the court system, it also offers an arts-based mentoring program, Space of her Own (SOHO), 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). A partnership with Fort Belvoir Military Base connects injured military personnel with visual arts experiences designed to redevelop fine motor skills while offering opportunities for socializing, personal enrichment, and catharsis. Need-based scholarships are available for students of all ages and backgrounds. With your support, arts in Alexandria will always have a home.
The new Remote Studio Program, along with adaptations to Gallery services and programs, now brings The Art League to people at home and preserves the all-important personal connection to the community. The primary goals of this adaptation are to educate and train artist-instructors on using and managing videoconferencing platforms, maintain and ensure opportunities for professional artists that the League employs, and reestablish and sustain audience participation close to pre-COVID levels.