MPA Receives FCPS Blue Ribbon Award
On May 29, McLean Project for the Arts received the Fairfax County Public Schools Blue Ribbon Community Partner award (its highest award for nonprofit partners) for our work with the schools! We were presented the award by the Karen Garza, the Superintendent of Schools; Ed Long, the County Executive; Jay Garant, FCPS Community Partner office and Patti Stevens, County’s Office of Public Private Partnership office. Janie Strauss, FCPS board member, George Sachs, MCC Executive Director, and Chad Quinn, Chair of MCC Governing Board, were there to accept the award along with MPA ArtReach Director Sharon Fishel, MPA Development Director Krista Vita and MPA Executive Director Nancy Perry.
MPA takes our ArtReach program into the schools reaching every member of the student body, including special education students. Our resident artist in the schools focuses on special programs and extended learning activities. January through March, MPA also features docent-led gallery tours for elementary school students, including hands-on art activities. Both in-school and in-gallery programs demonstrate art principles and incorporate many of the concepts included in the SOLs. We provide free bus transportation to MPA’s galleries to Title 1 schools, schools designated by Fairfax County Public Schools as “at-risk” schools with large numbers of English as second language students or students who qualify for free or reduced lunches. Click here to learn more about MPA’s ArtReach program
L to R: FCPS board member Janie Strauss, MPA ArtReach Director Sharon Fishel, MPA Executive Director Nancy Perry and MPA Development Director Krista Vita