Presented in complement to its current exhibition “Nature as Prototype,” McLean Project for the Arts will host a dance performance and panel discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Bullock | Hitt Gallery at MPA@ChainBridge, 1446 Chain Bridge Road.

 Performed by choreographer Sarah Beth Oppenhim, the dance will be immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring Jade Garrett, former general manager of the recently closed TechShop maker space in Crystal City; as well as exhibition co-curators Elsabé Johnson Dixon and Betsy Johnson; and exhibition artists Adam Nelson and Yoko K.

An exhibition of works by Adam Nelson, Grethe Wittrock, and sound artist Yoko K., “Nature as Prototype” runs through Dec. 23 and aims to examine the role of nature and biology as a source of inspiration for art and design. MPA received a $10,000 Arts Engagement in American Communities grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of this exhibition.

The performance and panel discussion are FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. To R.S.V.P., see the Web site at

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