Jane Franklin Dance and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association Present Live at the Athenaeum

Saturday October 3, 2020 @ 7:30 pm 

Brought to you virtually on Zoom

Tickets: FREE with donations encouraged


Jane Franklin Dance presents a performance streamed live from The Athenaeum. Enjoy a Zoom performance event that is filled with interactive moments and real time performance, all from the ease of your own living room. The program includes:


Do Not Touch – Experience an agreeable cast of characters negotiating themes of opposition through movement, words and images. See the interplay of an ordinary discussion about the weather and the group dynamics involved in creating compromise. Nothing to argue about? It’s merely the weather and a difference of opinion. Interactions combine in a non-linear narrative and it’s not just Covid-19 that limits the touch. When it’s all said and done, everyone can shake hands and walk away.


1 X 7 - Seven one minute solos react to artworks from NVFAA's current exhibit "Moments in Time . . .  a very weird time," an exhibit about the pandemic.  The solos are performed in side-by-side juxtaposition with artworks by Elliott Hamilton, Ellyn Weiss, Sweta Shah and others.

Wire Works (video from The Athenaeum Feb 24, 2018) - Visual artist Ellyn Weiss’s show "Form and Void" began with Ellyn’s consideration of extremophiles, organisms that live in the most hostile environments on earth—extreme heat and cold, toxic materials, radioactivity, without oxygen, etc. The visual art is interpreted by the moving body in an overarching connection to the environment. Spoken word: Ellyn Weiss


Post performance Q & A 


Tickets are FREE with donations encouraged 


Registration required - REGISTER HERE

$10 suggested minimum to help JFD & NVFAA

*donations of $20 and above receive a free viewing code for a Vimeo on Demand performance  


Speak Your Truth | Black Lives Matter

An Athenaeum Online Exhibition Focusing on Social Justice

Opening October 1, 2020

The Athenaeum believes art has the power to transcend boundaries to elevate voices, artistic expressions, and opportunities for active engagement accessible to all. We continuously celebrate the creativity of our diverse population in the DMV region and plan to launch an online digital gallery for Black Lives Matter. This exhibition will feature visual art and poetry that aims to represent the depth and diversity of the DMV and beyond with reflections on the activities associated with BLM. 

Write Like a Woman Networking Workshop

Saturday, July 18, 4:15 pm


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. 


Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced for this workshop.


Space is limited, please RSVP to

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. 

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