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Office of the Arts
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Alexandria Commission for the Arts


The role of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts is to provide leadership in the development of a vibrant and sustainable arts community that engages audiences, and to encourage support and appreciation for the arts as a cornerstone of Alexandria's identity and cultural, social, and economic vitality. To accomplish this mission, the Commission administers City grant funds and arts programs; advises City Council on policy, funding and development needs for the arts; collaborates with partners on initiatives that further the development of, and participation in, the arts; and generally advocates for the arts

The Commission for the Arts supports the development and expansion of the arts in Alexandria and serves as an advisory body to City Council. The Commission serves as the single funding source for all activities concerning the arts which are not conducted as part of a regularly scheduled City program. It seeks national, state and private support on behalf of the arts in Alexandria.

The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 the Durant Arts Center at 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA. All meetings are open to the public.  Approximately twelve hours per month are required of Commission members. Commission members are required to become involved in various art projects/events throughout the City and serve on one grant review panel and one committee.

Number of Members:


5 Members who have expertise in the arts, either as practitioners of various art disciplines or as professional administrators working in the field.
5 Members who represent the public-at-large, as arts consumers and participants.
5 Members who represent arts education or business expertise relative to arts and cultural development, including such perspectives as marketing, finance/funding, tourism promotion and organizational development.
1 Member who is a current City of Alexandria high school student.

Term of Service:

3-year term


For a list of vacancies, please click here 


List of Members:

  • Beth Coast
  • Pamela Corsini
  • Sydney-Chanele Dawkins
  • Michael Detomo
  • Shirley Downs
  • Kate Elkins
  • Susan Amber Gordon
  • Michelle Kozlak
  • Katherine Konefal
  • David Martin
  • Lucy Medeley
  • Allison Nance
  • Patricia Shaffer
  • Matthew Stensrud, Chair
  • Margaret Wohler

City Staff Contact:

Diane Ruggiero, Deputy Director
Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities


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1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6344

Office Hours
8 am - 5 pm

James B. Spengler