Write Like a Woman Networking Workshop

Saturday, May 15, 10am - 12pm



Facilitated by poet, author, and Poet Laureate of Alexandria, KaNikki Jakarta, this workshop welcomes amateur to professional women writers ages 18–100. Each workshop centers on uplifting and inspiring through writing and allows participants to enhance their writing styles.

The workshop will be held in the main gallery. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.


Space is limited, please RSVP to KaNikki.


This is a free program; donations are accepted.

Patricia Underwood

Trees/Humans: Life in the Balance

Exhibition Dates April 8 - May 16, 2021

In this exhibition Patricia Underwood employs photo images of ancient trees taken on her travels. 


Join us in the gallery for socially-distanced 'meet and greets' with Patricia Underwood

Saturday, April 10th, 2 — 4pm

Saturday, May 1st, 2 — 4pm

Saturday, May 15th, 2 — 4pm


Zoom artist talk and demonstration to learn about Patricia's artistic process and art-making techniques!

Sunday, May 2nd, 2 — 3pm

Join us HERE

Celebrating Architecture Month

Boxville - Creating a Just World

Thursday, April 15, 12 - 1pm


Join AIA Northern Virginia and the Athenaeum for a jointly held virtual event on the award-winning short film Boxville: Creating a Just World. The film was awarded third place in the 2020 AIA Film Challenge. You will hear directly from the film-maker Asia Taylor and the president of the Boxville Association about the importance of this project to the neighborhood it serves and how the process of documenting it through this short film has been a tool to highlight the value of similar community initiatives.


Storytelling has always been integral to the work of architects in community-based projects and the medium of film-making is expanding this tool and the ability to connect with wider audiences through social media and other forms of digital outreach. Programs like the AIA Film Challenge continue to encourage architects and film-makers to capture unique stories to share with others through the creative medium of film-making.


From the Filmmaker: “I think the overlap between public health, sustainability, and justice is listening. It’s so critical for architects to come into a community with a really listening ear and that ear is followed by action.” – Asia Taylor, filmmaker.


Register HERE

2021 Poem in Your Pocket

Thursday, April 29, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Free via Zoom

City of Alexandria Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta invites residents to read poetry in celebration of the National Poem in Your Pocket day.  This virtual event is hosted by KaNikki Jakarta, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association and the Office of the Arts. 


If you wish to participate, or join as an audience member, please send in your RSVP to: In the email, state if you wish to read, or just be an observer as an audience member. A confirmation and ZOOM invitation will be sent to you by KaNikki Jakarta, Poet Laureate, City of Alexandria.

Classes on Hold

Ballroom Dance Class  

Hosted by Gary Stephans & Margit Paulding

$30 per person, $55 per couple

Renowned, international ballroom dance instructor, Gary Stephans, promises the most fun you'll ever have learning or improving your Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Cha-Cha and Samba. Discover little techniques that will help you become a relaxed and confident social dancer in these small, personalized dance classes. Beginners and experienced dancers welcomed - no partner needed.


Two hours of dance lessons, practice dancing and refreshments from 7pm to 9pm. More information at Art of Ballroom Dance. Email: or call 703-505-5998. 

Celebrate Asian Heritage with Fiesta Asia!

 Asian Dance @ the Athenaeum

Sunday, May 30, 2 - 4pm



In conjunction with the Asian Heritage Celebration in May, join us to learn some basic Asian dance styles at the Athenaeum. You will widen your cultural experiences and acquire a new skill set – because you never know when you will be invited to a party where you can show off your dancing talents!


Open to children age 8 and above. (Adults are welcome too!)


The workshop will be held in the main gallery. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.


Space is limited to 12 people per session. Please RSVP to Veronica and specify if you would like to participate in session 1 or 2.


Session 1 - 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Session 2 - 3:00 – 3:45 pm


This is a free program; donations are accepted.