MPA preps

Shown in front of MPA@ChainBridge are McLean Project for the Arts board president Derrick Swaak, Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville), MPA executive director Lori Carbonneau and Zeynel Uzun, owner of the adjacent Kazan Restaurant.

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) recently received a Shining Star ArtStars Award of $10,000 from the Dominion Foundation.

The award recognizes MPA’s ArtReach program, which offers under-served students a field trip to experience contemporary art exhibitions and hands-on art projects exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) topics.

Led by veteran artist-educator Sharon Fishel, the program conducted more than 90 ArtReach tours over the past year.

 “MPA is honored and excited to receive this recognition,” said Lori Carbonneau, the arts center’s executive director. “The ArtStars grant encourages and supports MPA in our work creating and delivering our SOL-based arts and cultural literacy partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, and expanding visual-arts education throughout our community.”

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