Wednesday, October 1, 2008

americans for the arts - october creative conversations events in virginia

Alexandria, Virginia is representing the arts in the Commonwealth of Virginia by hosting two upcoming events: Creative Conversations. The conversations are multi-disciplinary panel talks designed to help encourage emerging art leaders in incubating arts awareness, advocacy, and involvement by working with the national non-profit Americans for the Arts. The events celebrate October's designation as National Arts & Humanities month. Americans for the Arts says:

"National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Held every October and coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and media coverage, communities across the United States join together to recognize the importance of arts and culture to citizen's daily lives."

Alexandria's co-hosts include Vander Zee Foundation and Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory. The two will hold panel discussions on Thursday, October 9th and Thursday, October 23rd from 7 - 9 pm at the Vander Zee Gallery, 205 South Lee Street (above Why Not), Alexandria, VA 22314.

Scheduled panelists include an esteemed composer, a prolific writer, a fine arts painter, a well-heeled photographer, and several others. The conversations promise to be lively and engaging. The events are open to the public and street parking is available. Metropolitan DC'ers can metro to the King Street station and take the free red trolley to lower King Street. Click here to register for the event (scroll down to Virginia listings) or arrive last minute to participate.