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Spotlight: McLean Project for the Arts

MPA will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012.

Every day this week, Patch is profiling a local nonprofit agency. If there's a nonprofit that you think your neighbors need to know about, email Doug Tallman or Lauren Sausser.

Mission: "The mission of McLean Project for the Arts is to exhibit the work of emerging and established artists from the Mid-Atlantic region; to promote public awareness and understanding of the concepts of contemporary art; and to offer instruction and education in the visual arts."

Contact Information: Phone: (703) 790-1953; Fax: (703) 790-1012; Email: info@mpaart.org; Address: McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean; www.mpaart.org

Financials: According to Executive Director Nancy Perry, the 2011 operating budget, which includes paying for instructors for 200 classes a year, is about $600,000. Approximately 75 percent of the budget is allocated for programs directly and 25 percent for administrative.

History: According to the MPA website, "MPA is a nonprofit visual arts center founded in 1962 to exhibit the work of emerging and established regional artists."

How you can help: Donations and volunteers are appreciated. You can download a donation form online and find out more about volunteer opportunities including docent positions, school programs or various gallery projects. You can also support MPA by becoming a member.

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