MPA Downtown: Art in the Heart of the Community

MPA’s new Arts and Education Center is years in the making. This new, permanent and cost-effective space is ideally suited to deliver on MPA’s mission. This second location–in the heart of McLean’s central business district, next to a Metro bus stop, and in walking distance of hundreds of homes–will be a landmark for the arts, giving the McLean community a vibrant place to gather, learn, and connect.

Opening Doors to Innovate

This new art campus in downtown McLean will have a powerful impact on the community, spanning three key programmatic areas:

Noteworthy Exhibitions

Two new public galleries for MPA will expand exhibiting capacity and build on its stellar reputation as a showcase for outstanding contemporary regional art. These state-of-the-art galleries will present single and multi-artist curated shows along with juried exhibitions. The expanded exhibition space will allow MPA to build a multifunction art box gallery for emerging art forms including digital, light, and installation art. Outdoor spaces provide additional opportunities for large-scale sculpture and installations. These reimagined galleries allow for an increase both in the number of exhibitions MPA can provide, as well as an opportunity to expand the mediums shared with the public.

Educational Initiatives

Art education has been central to MPA’s mission from its inception. For the first time, this new center will allow our teaching spaces to be co-located with our exhibition spaces. That physical proximity builds synergies for MPA students and the community-at-large to be inspired by working artists as they teach, exhibit, and create community and conversation around their art.

MPA will continue to teach in the DuVal Studio at the McLean Community Center and will invest in both new and current classrooms.

Distinctive Hospitality

Building community involves bringing people together. The MPA signature hospitality, appreciated by artists and members of our community alike, will have a permanent home in our downtown location, which will include:

  • Flexible spaces that allow for performances, lectures, and even afternoon teas to bring together art lovers from across the region and beyond
  • Carefully curated public spaces, including a cafe and a courtyard
  • Ample parking availability and back-of-house facilities

Event Details

Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Laura Gleason if you have any questions at

Please note: MPA is a nonprofit organization, and our 60th anniversary events raise critical funds needed to support our mission-based programs. At this time, we cannot accommodate splitting sponsor packages between individuals, companies, or families. Sponsorship packages are intended to be purchased by one entity. We appreciate your understanding.
For donors interested in giving from a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), please note that IRS regulations do not permit any benefits, including tickets, to be conferred in connection with DAF contributions. IRS regulations state that ticket costs, including both cost of goods/services and charitable amount, should be paid for from sources other than a DAF. Please consult your tax professional for more information.
For donors interested in employer matching gifts, please contact MPA first to determine the tax-deductible amount.

I’m unable to attend, but would like to show my support!

We are pleased to recognize donors at $1750 and higher as event sponsors on our website and in printed materials.
Please note, no changes will be made to the event program after September 7, 2022.
Contact Jennifer Wormser with sponsorship inquiries.

McLean Project for the Arts is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, with the tax identification number of EIN #52-1374407. Your donation (less cost of goods and services) is considered a charitable contribution under the U.S. Tax Laws. Consult your tax advisor to determine the extent of the applicable tax deduction.

Individual Tickets

MPA is offering discounted ticket prices for working artists, students, and young professionals.

Artist Tickets $35

Student Tickets $35

Young Professionals Tickets $35

*Thanks to our event sponsor Total Wine & More, ticket holders will receive a coupon for redemption at any Total Wine store for a discount on a 750ml bottle of wine. 

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