McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) has been awarded a $10,000 Arts Engagement in American Communities grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its upcoming exhibition, “Nature as Prototype.”

 MPA will present an exhibition of works by three contemporary artists from the Mid-Atlantic region whose work explores how art, science and nature can be integrated or re-mixed through digital formats.

The work will serve as an opportunity for experimentation and for developing conversation and partnerships between artists, engineers and scientists.

 Participants include sound artist Yoko K, Danish fiber artist Grethe Wittrock, and installation/experimental media artist Adam Nelson. The exhibition will be co-curated by artist and educator Elsabé Johnson Dixon and art historian Betsy Johnson.

The community will be actively engaged in the project through educational programming. MPA will host a panel discussion between exhibiting artists, engineers, inventors and scientists; the exhibiting artists will hold public workshops to demonstrate their process and techniques.

“We are thrilled to offer this visual and aural experience to the community by showcasing artists who will demonstrate the power of creativity and collaboration to each of us in our lives and work,” said Nancy Sausser, MPA’s director of exhibitions.

In addition, MPA ArtReach director Sharon Fishel will provide Fairfax County Public School students in-gallery educational programs.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support the excellence and diversity of arts programs across the country, including organizations like McLean Project for the Arts that make the arts accessible to people in McLean and the greater Washington D.C. area and further enhances the vitality of their community,” said NEA chairman Jane Chu.

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