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. While the McLean Community Center – the permanent home of MPA’s three galleries and teaching studio – undergoes renovation, visitors continue to enjoy professional, museum-quality exhibitions from local contemporary artists at a temporary location in downtown McLean. 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 serves 2,000 students each year, many from Title I schools. Everyone should have access to arts education: you can make it happen.

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 August 10, 2018


    Budget (FY2013)

    • $3 million or higher
    • $1 million to $3 million
    • The current budget for McLean Project for the Arts is: $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

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