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Time & Place: A Conversation About Art, History and Community

January 27, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Reception to follow
The Lyceum 201 S. Washington Street Alexandria, VA 22314

Presentations and Discussions With:

Franklin Vagnone Principal - Twisted Preservation Consulting & Domestic archeo-anthropologist

Lauren F. Adams Artist and professor of art at Maryland Institute College of Art

Heather Rounds & Teddy Johnson Founders and curators, The Rotating History Project

How can artists engage new audiences and enrich the visitor experience at historic sites? How have historic sites paired compelling historical narratives with dynamic contemporary art? How do artists collaborate with historians, research sites and archives to create new work? How can artists contribute to the conversation about the role of a city’s past in its future?

Join the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts and Office of Historic Alexandria for a presentation and discussion with experts in the field of public art, history and historic house programming about how contemporary art projects have enlivened and invigorated house museums and historic sites.

Franklin Vagnone will present a broad range of contemporary art happenings that took place in historic house museums and sites. He will share his experiences as a funder, organizational executive director, curator, and creator of such projects, with a focus on how they have attracted new audiences, built bridges in the community, and enriched visitor experience.

Lauren F. Adams will share her artworks that have been created within the context of site-specific histories: At a National Trust house museum in England, at the Clermont Farms in Virginia, and at the Hanes House at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. She will also discuss how the museum and city can act as an archival trove for critical artistic query and play. 

Heather Rounds and Teddy Johnson will discuss their experiences curating and organizing Clermont Forum II at Clermont Farms in Berryville, Virginia. Using Clermont as a case study, they will discuss methods for collaborating with and fostering relations between curators, artists, the stakeholders involved with historic sites and the broader communities that surround and visit such sites.

Non-Profit Workshops

The Alexandria Collaborators (ACT for Alexandria, Alexandria Regional Council for the United Way of the National Capital Area and the City of Alexandria) periodically host organizational capacity-building workshops. The FREE workshops for local non-profit organizations and artists, but require advance registrations. 

Upcoming Workshop:

Data + Storytelling = Impact

Presenter: Liz Scott, PhD, Brighter Strategies

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

8:30 am                    Registration and light breakfast

9 am – 11:00 am       Workshop

Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA


Is your nonprofit able to show and quantify the impact of your organization’s work?

  • Are you mining the right data so you can better deliver your services to those most in need?
  • Do you have the right data management system in place?
  • Are you able to tell your organization’s story with the data that you have collected?

Join us for an interactive discussion that will cover the following topics:

  • Knowing what data to track;
  • Understanding the difference between program quality and program impact measure;
  • Identifying ways to collaborate with others;
  • Creating a story with your data that inspires funders;
  • And, narrowing what you need to track when you have limited resources.

The workshop is FREE, however reservations are required.  Please register on Eventbrite:

Click here for a program flyer.

If you have questions, please call the Office of the Arts at 703.746.5588.

*In case of inclement weather, this workshop will follow the City of Alexandria weather policies.

Sponsored by Brighter Strategies in partnership with the Alexandria Collaborators (ACT for Alexandria, Alexandria Regional Council for the United Way of the National Capital Area and the City of Alexandria)