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Torpedo Factory and Waterfront Park win National Endowment for the Arts grant

Art display in Waterfront Park (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

(Updated 2:40 p.m.) The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a grant to Alexandria to keep some of the city’s most high-profile art projects going.

The grant funding goes to the Artist Residency Program, part of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts, which supports projects like the Waterfront Park art initiative and the art lab. Diane Ruggiero, who leads of Office of the Arts, said the grant was for $45,000.

“The Artist Residency Program integrates visual and performing artists in the community to conduct interactive art engagements at the Waterfront Park public art initiative Site See, the City’s Mobile Art Lab,” a release from the City of Alexandria said, “as well as new locations including hospitals, libraries, and senior centers and expands the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Post Graduate Residency Program.”

One upcoming event through the Artist Residency Program is a charcoal drawing and wood carving event at Chinquapin Park Pavilion in Arlandria on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. The focus of the all-ages event is working with natural materials to create art.

“Join artist Lianna Zaragoza at Chinquapin Park Pavilion for summer art activities like drawing with charcoal and carving into wood sculptures,” the event listing said. “Participants will create drawings and carvings that serve to record the relationships between people in the community and their surroundings.”


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