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Second Thursday Art Night

May 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In May, we celebrate the theme “Everyone Has a Story”. This month’s line-up features a talk for Ephemera in the main hall outside of Target Gallery, a DIY project with the Artist Association on the 3rd floor, and a solo artist reception for Lesa Cook in The Art League. Stop by the Post Graduate Studio to meet with current MFA grad Samantha Sethi. Meet George Washington University’s Art Therapy 2017 graduating class and take part in a creative storytelling workshop. Explore the Fundred Dollar Bill Project as they bring their ongoing project to the New Project Studio. Meet your local Alexandria Library and hear about their Alexandra Reads project. Welcome Story District, the critically-acclaimed DC storytelling program, to Northern Virginia in anticipation of their first-ever Virginia event here at the Torpedo Factory on June 23.  Visit our friends in the Alexandria Archaeology Museum all night as they share stories about artifacts from Alexandria’s past. As always, EatsPlace has the beer and victuals.




  • 6-9pm: Post-Grad Residency – Studio 12
    Take part in a hands-on project with Samantha Sethi, the Spring 2017 Post-Grad Resident, and hear about her upcoming projects throughout the DC area.
  • 7 pm: The Art League – Studio 21
    Reception for solo artist Lesa Cook: Gods, Heroes, and Fools
  • 7:30 pm: Target Gallery – North Hall (near Spiral Staircase)
    Artist panel for Ephemera, an exhibition in Target Gallery contemplating themes of nature, time, memory, and brevity. Several participating artists will discuss the process behind their works and answer questions.
  • 6-9pm: Torpedo Factory Artists Association – 3rd floor landing
    Join members of the Artist Association as they partner with WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association) to make sculptures out of bike parts.



  • “Everyone Has a Story: Creative Workshop”
    GWU (George Washington University) Art Therapy Students Association – Main Hall
    Over the past year, the graduating class of GWU’s Art Therapy program developed a series of art workshops and conversations focused on exploring identity and diversity. Join these talented students as they reach the culmination of their year with a special workshop at Torpedo Factory Art Center.
  • The Fundred Dollar Bill Project
    New Project Studio – Studio 8
    In celebration of the Corcoran Gallery’s extension of Mel Chin’s Fundred Dollar Bill Project, the New Project Studio welcomes this one-of-a-kind art project for the month of May. Experience the wonder of this unique art piece dedicated to raising awareness of lead poisoning among children. Create a Fundred Dollar Bill of your own. Come back on Thursday May 25 for a special reception and conversation in the Main Hall with artist/creator Mel Chin and the Fundred Dollar Bill Project team.
  • “Books and Beyond: Find Your Story”
    Alexandria Library – Second Floor Mezzanine
    The Alexandria Library is dedicated to building community by providing opportunities to learn, explore, create and connect throughout our neighborhoods. Stop by their table tonight to hear about their upcoming events, including All Alexandria Reads, in partnership with our Second Thursday event.
  • Story District at the Torpedo Factory
    South Hall
    Welcome Story District for a special pop-up project in preparation for their first-ever Virginia event on June 23 here at the Torpedo Factory. Called the “gold standard in storytelling” by The Washington Post and nominated for the 2012 and 2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Awards, Story District is widely known in the region for showcasing storytelling at its best.  Story District promotes excellence and cultivates new talent in storytelling in the Washington, DC, area through its live performances, coaching, classes, and ongoing support of storytellers. By showcasing diverse perspectives and life experiences, our stories entertain, enrich an understanding of the world, promote compassion, and highlight our shared humanity.
  • “Alexandria Speaks”
    Alexandria Archaeology Museum – Studio 327
    Artifacts can tell a story about what life was like in Alexandria long ago. Write your own histories of artifacts on display before returning to the present to watch oral history interviews of current Alexandria residents from the Immigrant Alexandria Project.


EatsPlace Café & Marketplace
Enjoy wine, beer, sweets, and hot sandwiches from EatsPlace. Try out the famous Bronut (Brownie/Donut) as featured in the Washington Post.
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May 11, 2017
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105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Torpedo Factory Art Center is part of the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.