Event Details

Thursday, April 29th, 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Special Guests

Hynek Kmoníček, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the United States.


Amy Goodman, nationally recognized media personality and lifestyle correspondent

The Brzezinski Gift

The family of Sculptor and longtime McLean resident Emilie Benes Brzezinski joined us as MPA officially accepts the mantle to establish the next chapter of their mother’s artistic legacy.

“Mom’s art has inspired my brothers and me throughout our lives,” said daughter and MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski. “Now with MPA’s lead, her works can continue to inspire generations to come.”

Her brother, Ian Brzezinski, MPA board member, adds that “Given our respect for MPA’s place in the region’s art community, and Mom’s longstanding and authentic relationship with MPA, my family and I are thrilled that MPA has accepted our gift of mom’s many and magnificent sculptures.  We are excited to continue and strengthen this relationship by giving MPA the lead in celebrating mom’s incredible body of work.”

Musical Performances

Voices of Classic Soul with Joe Coleman, Joe Blunt, and Theo Peoples, all former lead singers of the most legendary vocal groups of all time; the Temptations, Platters, the Four Tops, and Drifters.

Dave Kline Band, Dave Kline on electric violin, Ken Avis on guitar and vocals, Olaolu Ajibade on drums, Alberto Bientinesi on bass, and special guest Senator Tim Kaine on vocals and harmonica.

Strathmore Music Center provided music from their prestigious Artist in Residence programLynn VeronneauSheyda Do’a, and Rui Fu performed an acapella arrangement of an original composition from Veronneau’s Love & Surrender

Throughout the event, there was original music from the Creative Cauldron’s Passport to the World Festival artists. Building on MPA’s emerging tradition of presenting top quality musical talent, we’re delighted to be partnering with Blues Alley, Strathmore and our neighboring Fairfax County arts organization Creative Cauldron.

ArtSprings Careers

Artists Barbara Januszkiewicz  and Antoinette Wysocki shared their backgrounds and connections to MPA, and explain how that connection influenced their successful careers.

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