Torpedo Factory Art Center

Page updated on Mar 21, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Torpedo Factory Community Engagement Process

As part of the continued transition of the Torpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC), staff in Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Planning and Zoning, and the City Manager's Office have been working to develop a community engagement process that will help to outline the future governance structure for the Torpedo Factory. The engagement process will develop a set of goals and strategies for the TFAC which will help determine the appropriate governance structure for successful continued operation and long-term sustainability. This robust community process will include internal and external stakeholders as well as the broader Alexandria community. 

The Alexandria Commission for the Arts will appoint a five-member task force to help guide the community engagement process. This task force will work with staff throughout the process and make recommendations to the Commission based on the outcomes of the process. 

In addition to meetings of the task force, the engagement process will include multiple opportunities for people to participate including, but not limited to, an online survey, town hall meetings, open house events, and focus group meetings. This approach to the community engagement process will ensure reliable and thoughtful participation by a broad cross section of Alexandria community members and stakeholders.


TFAC Community Engagement Process Task Force

The Alexandria Commission for the Arts is currently accepting applications for the TFAC Community Engagement Process Task Force. This task force will work with staff throughout the process and make recommendations to the Commission based on the outcomes of the process. The five members will include two members of the Commission for the Arts, two members of the community at large (one representing a local business owner), and one leaseholder from the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The members of the task force will be selected through an open application process to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

The process is expected to take approximately 6-8 months. Task Force members will attend monthly meetings as well as participate in the various community engagement activities (i.e. open house events, town halls, focus groups, etc.). 

Applications are due by 5pm on Sunday, March 12. All eligible applications will be reviewed by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts who will then appoint Task Force members at their meeting on March 21, 2017.

If you are interested in applying, you can access the application here.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, contact Diane Ruggiero at 703.746.5590 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail diane.ruggiero@alexandriava.gov


Torpedo Factory Art Center History

Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof.

An Alexandria landmark for more than 40 years, it’s the highlight of the Potomac Riverfront, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually.

The City is committed to the Torpedo Factory as an art center and looks forward to a robust process that includes internal and external stakeholders as well as the broader Alexandria community to ensure a sustainable arts center that will continue to support the arts and artists in Alexandria.

To help answer additional questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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