Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc. Announces New Board Members

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The Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors recently welcomed seven (7) new members who bring diverse experience and expertise to an organization that is poised to build upon its solid foundation in the coming months and years.

Caroline Blanco, Workhouse Arts Foundation Board of Directors Chair, shared: “I am very pleased to welcome our new Board Members.  Given their experience and talent, as well as their passion for the Workhouse, I fully expect they will strengthen our already outstanding and committed Board of Directors. These new members will add fresh and strategic perspectives, which will go a long way to help us achieve the Workhouse Arts Center dream.”

The Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc., new Board of Directors include:

  • Sharon Bulova, Former Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Greg Kihlstrom, Principal, Chief Strategist, GK5A
  • Rachel Kizielewicz, Former Executive Director at Los Alamos Community Foundation
  • Joe Plumpe, Founder STUDIO39 Landscape Architecture
  • Brad Prentice, Manager, Jordan Kitt’s Music
  • Greg Riegle, Partner, McGuire Woods LLP
  • Katie Turcotte, Vice President, Advancement – University of Mary Washington

Leon Scioscia, Workhouse Arts Foundation President, and CEO said: “I am excited to be working with a Board of Directors that is so committed to supporting our organization, which is made up of a dedicated staff, outstanding artists, devoted volunteers, and exceptional teachers.”

About Workhouse Arts Center — The Workhouse Arts Center (Workhouse) is housed in the former Workhouse prison facility of the DC Correctional Complex in Lorton, VA that opened in 1910.  After closure in 2001, its founders, in cooperation with Fairfax County leadership, transformed the site into a community arts center where people could learn about and participate in art making; be inspired by the region’s and nation’s best artists; experience visual and performing arts talent; and come together for festivals and community building.

Opened in 2008, the Workhouse now houses over 80 resident and associate artists; presents 100 annual art exhibitions and 300 annual performances; and supports dozens of classrooms for teaching 800 classes, engaging over 100,000 people annually.  The Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the Commonwealth of Virginia, operates the Workhouse Arts Center.

The Workhouse fosters innovative collaborations in the visual and performing arts through education, community engagement and personal enrichment for students of all ages and walks of life.  The goal of these collaborations is to encourage art making; provide therapeutic art experiences; support physical health through Art of Movement activities; present opportunities for other forms of self-expression; and to provide the public with access to high quality performing arts experiences and events.  The Workhouse also provides the public with access to the rich history of this nationally important site through the Lucy Burns Museum.

Since its inception, the Workhouse has dramatically expanded its arts education curriculum and community events calendar, deepened its relationships with the Armed Services through military arts programming, and expanded its in-house performing arts offerings with live concerts, musical theatre, and dance.

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