Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Announcing Public Art Panelists!

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Coordinator Alonzo Davis and Curator Nehemiah Dixon III are proud to present the panelists for the upcoming Public Art Opening. The panel was graciously coordinated by Anne L’Ecuyer, Arts Management faculty at American University.


Liesel Fenner, Americans for the Arts (moderator)
Liesel Fenner, ASLA is the public art program manager at Americans for the Arts in Washington, DC, and develops national programs and services advocating for excellence in public art and design. She builds partnerships and cultivates field leadership through the Public Art Network (PAN) which has membership of  more than 1,000 art and design professionals. Liesel has planned the last five annual public art conference proceedings.
Diane Ruggiero, Office of the Arts, City of Alexandria
“I am impressed with the role history plays in the arts in Alexandria,” Ruggiero said. “My role and the role of the Office of the Arts is to promote the arts in the community. And there is no better inspiration for that than a city as beautiful as Alexandria.”
Deirdre Ehlen, Arlington Cultural Affairs
Deirdre Ehlen brings a passion for public art and effective oversight and management skills to large and small-scale public art and curatorial projects. For the past six years, Deirdre has collaborated with architects, planners, and artists to plan and install public art within the District of Columbia and Virginia. Deirdre holds a BA in art history from The George Washington University and an MA degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she focused her studies on contemporary art market trends.
Tonya Jordan, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.
Anne Delaney, Initiative for Public Art – Reston
The Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR), a group of civic leaders who represent Reston’s key community organizations, seeks to inspire a new commitment to public art that builds on Reston’s tradition of supporting community arts and culture. IPAR is dedicated to fostering community discourse and education about public art, creating new expectations about the possibilities for art in the public realm, and cultivating a new generation of artworks in the community.
The panel will be held September 27th at 7 pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium. This event is free and open to the public.
3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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