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.
COVID-19 Impact: 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.
Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria
Where They Operate: VA-City of Alexandria
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: All
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 SOHO—A 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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