Sunday, October 17, 1 - 3pm



Are you AWARE!? Join Poet Laureate of Alexandria, KaNikki Jakarta, for an amazing event of Awareness. Now in its 5th year, in partnership with the Athenaeum, this event brings family and friends together in recognition of Awareness.


12 spectacular presenters bring awareness through poetry and story-telling focusing on their selected topics of Healing, Crisis of Faith, Cancer Awareness, Purpose-Driven Fear, Toxic Masculinity, Climate Change, Connections, using life’s difficulties as teachable moments, and more!


Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.

Please RSVP Here

Meet the Artist!

Saturday, October 23, 1 - 3pm



Stop by the Athenaeum and meet the artists participating in ART OPTIMISM!


Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.


A performance in response Art Optimism 

Sunday, October 24, 5pm

Tickets $20

Live stream by donation - $10 (suggested minimum )


Jane Franklin Dance returns to the Athenaeum with new works that respond to the current exhibit Art Optimism: Focus on Change and Sustainability.   

  • Rain or Shine - Dance is inspired by artworks from NVFAA's current exhibit "Art Optimism: Focus on Change and Sustainability.  The shared leitmotif is one of optimism for improving our footprint on the planet. Artworks by Steve Ferretti Capture the Tides, Capture the Sun, Capture the Wind, Rosa Inez Vera Lotus Fields III, Sally Kaufman Rebirth, Marty Ittner Tangled Up in Blue and Suzanne Yurdin Shadows Run Deep motivate a response in movement.

  • Rob Priore’s new work for Jane Franklin Dance explores themes of commitment and expression.  Surprising movement and group partnership echo music by Silvia Perez Cruz and Silvania Estrada.

  • Scientists, naturalists and hobbyists comment on flight, migration and climate. Barrier draws a picture of connections to earth and to each other. People -- like animals -- move to react to a push or pull in their natural habitats. As we confront global issues, JFD invites audiences to experience the real, personal journeys of the people and ecosystems in our midst.  

  • Post performance refreshments conclude the afternoon.  Learn about plans for upcoming productions and chat one-on-one with the director and performers.


Purchase Tickets HERE!

Poetry with Strings Attached

A Unique Performance of Original Poetry and Violin Compositions   

Saturday, November 6, 1 - 3pm



Join Alexandria’s Poet Laureate, KaNikki Jakarta and Composer, Neal Learner in a presentation of poetry and violin compositions. This family friendly event combines a love of music and a love of poetry in a collaboration of original artistry.  

KaNikki Jakarta - Poet

Neal Learner - Violinist

Josh Cleveland - Accompanist 

Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.


Space is limited, please RSVP HERE!


This is a free program; donations are accepted.

Yoga at the Athenaeum

Wednesdays at 5:30


Join Barbara Douglass and Jeneen Piccuirro for gentle flowing yoga classes that will build flexibility, strength and balance, and also bring a sense of peace and calm to your soul.


$10 cash, Venmo, PayPal, pay at the door

Please bring a yoga mat

For more information about yoga classes click HERE!