The gallery at the McLean Project for the Arts’ temporary location – MPA@ChainBridge – will be formally dedicated as the “Bullock Hitt Gallery” during an exhibition opening on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The renaming honors recent contributions by Matthew Bullock and Todd Hitt to support the arts group.

“Now more than ever, we need to step up and support our creative organizations,” said Hitt, president of the global alternative asset management firm Kiddar Capital. “The arts are an essential cornerstone of our culture, and enrich all of our lives.”

Bullock, chief marketing officer of Walnut Industries, said his support of the initiative would hopefully serve as “a vehicle to encourage youth to channel the power of innovative and creative solutions in facing complex challenges.”

The name will remain on the gallery for the two years the McLean Project for the Arts occupies the space. The arts organization will return to its previous home at the McLean Community Center following the renovation of that facility.

The contributions by Bullock and Hitt helped cover the cost of converting the retail space (which previously house an Alcohol Beverage Control store) for use as a gallery, along with staffing costs.

“The funding and opening of this new space was a true community collaboration, and we could not have done it without the support of our committed and generous partners,” said Lori Carbonneau, executive director of the organization.

For information on the organization, see the Web site at www.mpaart.org.

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