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The Third Space Network (3SN) announces DC Metro Virtual Town Hall: Strategies for Survival in the Arts on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 6-7:30pm. The event will address the impact of Covid-19 on the visual arts in the DC metropolitan cultural community, an invitation for visual arts organizations, galleries, artists, curators, and other arts professionals to participate.

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The DC Metro Virtual Town Hall will include short presentations by local arts leaders along with open public dialogue intended to share solutions for: funding sources, future programming, support for artists, and engagement in community outreach. The event will also be an information resource for organizations facing the challenge of migrating their public events and exhibitions to the online medium. The Virtual Town Hall is envisioned as a timely opportunity to call for a regional-wide arts consortium for initiating collaborative projects and joint funding: helping to unite arts & cultural communities in the DC region during these extraordinary times of crisis.

Guest Speakers: Nora Halpern, Vice-President of Leadership Alliances, Americans for the Arts; Jack Rasmussen, Director of the American University Museum/Chair, Maryland State Arts Council; Robert Goudie, Chair, Virginia Commission for the Arts; Sarah Burford, Media Arts Specialist/Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts; Nathalie von Veh, Washington Project for the Arts; Jeffrey Scott, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities; Phyllis Hecht, Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies Program

Planning Group: Randall Packer, Creative Director, & Christina Papanicolaou, Communications Strategist, Third Space Network; Nancy Sausser, Curator/Exhibitions Director, McLean Project for the Arts; Susan Main, Gallery Director/Curator & Frank McCauley, Assistant Curator, VisArts/Rockville; Lily Siegel, Executive Director, Hamiltonian Artists/DC; Richard Dana, Artist/Co-founder, Take Me to the River Project; Kerry Brougher, former Chief Curator/Deputy Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Guest Speakers:

Nora Halpern, Vice-President of Leadership Alliances, Americans for the Arts, is an art historian and curator. She joined Americans for the Arts in 2001, while also maintaining a rigorous practice as an independent curator.

Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC since 2005, he previously held Executive Director positions at di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, Maryland Art Place, and Rockville Arts Place. He also currently serves as Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council.

Robert Goudie was appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam to the Virginia Commission for the Arts in 2019. He is also the executive director of the Reston Town Center Association, has been Board Chair for the Greater Reston Arts Center the last six years, and helped found Public Art Reston and serves on its Board of Directors.

Sarah Burford is Media and visual arts program manager for National Endowment for the Arts. She is also a curator and creative professional with expertise in program development and management; philanthropy and grant-making; modern and contemporary art; museums; government; non-profit management; and the public sector.

Nathalie von Veh is the resident storyteller at the Washington Projects for the Arts (WPA), which is administering the Warhol Foundation Wherewithal Recovery Grants for visual artists in the Washington, DC area.

Phyllis Hecht is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies Program. Her research focuses on best practices and innovative use of technology in the museum field.


Third Space Network (3SN) is an artist-driven Internet platform for staging creative dialogue and live performance.

Hamiltonian Artists is a dynamic catalyst for DC’s creative economy and a vibrant center for contemporary art in Washington, DC.

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) exhibits the work of emerging and established artists from the mid-Atlantic region, offers instruction and education in the visual arts, and promotes public awareness and understanding of the concepts of contemporary art.

VisArts in Rockville transforms individuals and communities through the visual arts. Their vision is a vibrant, diverse community enriched and connected by the visual arts.