In 1962, when a group of local artists founded the McLean Project for the Arts, there was no gallery space for professional exhibitions of contemporary art in Northern Virginia and little arts education in the schools. More than 50 years later, MPA is the longest-serving visual arts center in the region, reaching 20,000 residents a year with exhibitions and providing educational offerings to the public and to public school students who would otherwise have limited exposure to the arts. The McLean Community Center is home to MPA’s three galleries and teaching studio, where visitors enjoy the work of both established and emerging Mid-Atlantic artists. An official partner with Fairfax County Public Schools, MPA's signature ArtReach program serves kids at 39 different schools, including 19 Title I schools. By providing free admission to its gallery, as well as talks, school tours, and off-site arts education programs, MPA reaches at-risk students in area schools, students with developmental disabilities, and low-income seniors. Everyone should have access to arts education: you can make it happen.