The longest-serving visual arts center in the region, MPA provides a comprehensive array of art programs, most of which are free and open to the public, to 20,000 residents each year. MPAs galleries and teaching studio provide visitors with professional, museum-quality exhibitions from local contemporary artists. To bring the visual arts to new audiences, MPA eliminates financial barriers, offering free gallery admission, talks, and school tours; free bus transportation for schools that need it; and free offsite professional arts education for seniors and students with disabilities. In partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, its signature ArtReach program combines a field trip to the gallery with hands-on art projects, reaching 2,000 students each year (including many from Title I schools and special needs communities). Everyone should have access to arts education: you can make it happen.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students; Immigrants/Refugees; All
Schools They Work In: Annandale Terrace Elementary School, Annandale; Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences, Falls Church; Belvedere Elementary School, Falls Church; Braddock Elementary School, Annandale; Bucknell Elementary School, Alexandria; Camelot Elementary School, Annandale; Dogwood Elementary School, Reston; Garfield Elementary School, Springfield; Glen Forest Elementary School, Falls Church; Graham Road Elementary School, Falls Church; Groveton Elementary School, Alexandria; Halley Elementary School, Fairfax Station; Hutchison Elementary School, Herndon; Hybla Valley Elementary School, Alexandria; London Towne Elementary School, Centreville; Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School, Alexandria; Pine Spring Elementary School, Falls Church; Terraset Elementary School, Reston; Timber Lane Elementary School, Falls Church; Westlawn Elementary School, Falls Church; Weyanoke Elementary School, Alexandria; Woodlawn Elementary School, Alexandria; Woodley Hills Elementary School, Alexandria; Chesterbrook Elementary School; Churchill Road Elementary School; Franklin Sherman Elementary School; Freedom Hill Elementary School; Haycock Elementary School; Kent Gardens Elementary School; Lemon Road Elementary School; Spring Hill Elementary School; Westgate Elementary School; Cooper Middle School; Longfellow Middle School; Langley High School; McLean High School; The Langley School; The Madeira School; Louise Archer Elementary School, Vienna, VA; Olde Creek Elementary School, Fairfax, VA; Kingsbury School High School, Washington, DC; School without Walls High School, Washington, DC
Awards & Recognition
In August 2017, MPA was selected by Virginians for the Arts and the Dominion Foundation as a 2017 Dominion ArtStars Awards winner in the Regional Shining Star - Northern VA category.
In May of 2014, MPA received the Fairfax County Public Schools Blue Ribbon Community Partner award (its highest award for nonprofit partners).
The depth and breadth of our arts education programs was recognized by the Arts Council of Fairfax County with their 2012 award to MPA of the first ever Arts Education Award
MPA Exhibitions often receive critical review in the Washington Post. Our most recent was February 21, 2020 https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-an-artist-conjures-images-from-oceans-to-a-micro-view-of-nature/2020/02/20/73109d32-519c-11ea-929a-64efa7482a77_story.html
- In the galleries: An artist conjures images from oceans to a micro view of nature
Fri Feb 21 2020, The Washington Post
- McLean Project for the Arts to Open New Exhibition
Fri Nov 9 2018, InsideNOVA
McLean Project for the Arts opened "From Here to Elsewhere: Kindled by Things" on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1446 Chain Bridge Road, McLean.
- In the galleries: Even when extravagance is the theme, less can be more
Fri Aug 10 2018, The Washington Post
- In the galleries: Four artists' views of nature, at McLean Project for the Arts
Sun Oct 19 2014, Washington Post
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