Founded in 1954, The Art League, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational nonprofit organisation in Alexandria. The League is a multifaceted visual arts organisation that meets its mission through its gallery, fine art school, art supply store, and arts-outreach programs. There are numerous ways to take advantage of what the Art League offers in order to appreciate art or make your own. Either way, art makes life more colourful.
The Art League holds classes and workshops throughout the year. Classes include drawing, painting, framing, photography, water color, print-making, fibers, sculpture, and mosaic. In addition it holds lectures at its gallery on a range of topics. The Gallery will hold its Fall Opening Reception in September 14th at 7:30 featuring exhibits on: (1) The stone ruins of aqueducts in Maryland Virginia; and (2) a modern art exploration of how individuals make their mark on the world. The Gallery also host interesting lectures – for example, on September 9th there will be a discussion of contemporary North Korean Art with others to follow in October.
From September 16-17, the Art League will host an Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser at the corner of King and N. Fairfax streets. Emphasis on Bowl – the Art League will be selling hand-made bowls of ice cream and the benefits support their ceramics department. Mark November 3rd on your calendar as well as the Art League will be holding its fourth Art on Tap event which features local craft beer, local art, and local food. Beers will be paired with works of art while local restaurants share appetisers meant to complement the beer and art pairings.
Want to get involved? Like any other non-profit organisation, Art League welcomes financial contributions. You can donate or participate in their fundraisers that take place throughout the year. Art League also needs volunteers. Gallery volunteers help with preparing for shows, framing, painting, and even carpentry. Administrative volunteers help with mailings, information technology, and special projects. Development volunteers help with fund-raising and outreach. Adult female volunteers are also needed for the Space Of Her Own (SOHO) outreach program serving at-risk, low-income 5th-grade girls from Alexandria. Mentors are paired with participating girls who meet weekly and participate in art events and life skills lessons together. Note: Volunteers for the SOHO program should be able to make a one-year commitment. For younger people, unpaid internships are available assisting with Gallery operations.
Finally, you can subscribe to the Art League blog in order to keep up to date with the art scene in Alexandria and beyond. Participating in their events, donating, and/or volunteering is a great way to support your local art scene.