Write Like a Woman Networking Workshop

Sep 21, 2019 – Sep 21, 2019

Facilitated by the City of Alexandria's Poet Laureate and author 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. Cookies and tea wil...

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Cathy Barrow with Nancy Pollard: When Pies Fly!

Sep 17, 2019 – Sep 17, 2019

Join us for a cookbook talk in support of Washington Post food writer Cathy Barrow's latest cookbook release "When Pies Fly!" Cathy will be in conversation with Nancy Pollard, former proprietor of La Cuisine in Alexandria and current writer of the food blog Kitchen Details, talking about recipes,...

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Opening Reception & Prizes: 2019 Athenaeum Invitational

Sep 15, 2019 – Sep 15, 2019

Join us in celebration for the 2019 Athenaeum Invitational | Board: out of our minds! During the reception, a $1500 prize for the best work will go to an invited artist, a $1000 prize will go to an artist from the open call, a $500 prize will be awarded based on core concept and game design, and...

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Let's Write | The Emerging Writers Festival 2019

Aug 16, 2019 – Aug 18, 2019

Featuring writers including, Kwame Onwuachi, Catherine Chung and Tope Folarin, The Emerging Writers Festival, is dedicated to bringing new voices onto the page and into the world. In partnership with Old Town Books it takes place over three days and multiple locations across Old Town Alexandria w...

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An Evening with KaNikki Jakarta

Aug 23, 2019 – Aug 23, 2019

The Athenaeum is proud to present an evening with Poet Laureate of Alexandria, KaNikki Jakarta as she releases a short story and poetry collection entitled: ALABAMA GIRL, VIRGINIA WOMAN. Returning for a fourth year presentation, we invite you to join us for performance poetry, storytelling, an au...

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Gallery Talk with the artists of "Memory"

Sep 8, 2019 – Sep 8, 2019

Please join us for this engaging gallery talk with the artists of "Memory" (Catherine Day, Amelia Hanking, Zofie King). A provoking exhibition, these artists work in different media, but all address memory, perception, and how the passage of time influences perception.

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MIN ~ Contemporary Flute and Guitar Duo

Jul 7, 2019 – Jul 7, 2019

Flutist Sais Kamalidiin and guitarist extraordinaire, Rick Peralta from MIN return to the Athenaeum for a summer concert. Their multi-faceted musical performance is beautiful and bold, serene and sensuous, intimate and intoxicating!

This event is free and open to the public.

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10 months ago
All of the Athenaeum staff was excellent to work with. During the initial planning stages, Veronica and Richard were my main points of contact, both of whom were very helpful answering questions. They were happy to entertain our questions both via email and during the various trips to check out the space. The contract process was fairly straight forward and fortunately renting out the space includes both the art gallery and the outside garden (it rained on our wedding day and the ceremony was initially going to take place in the garden). A few days before the wedding, we were informed that Amanda would be the staffer on hand on the actual wedding day. I sent Amanda my proposed timeline and we reviewed it over the phone. She was willing to assist with flow of show and confirming chair and floral deliveries/set up. She advised us of some renovations that were taking place in the alley behind the garden, which is where the ceremony was originally going to take place. While the staff ...
- Ashley O
11 months ago
Amazing little gallery. The collection changes very frequently and it's a good idea to stop by whenever you can to see if there's anything new. It's a small building, so it's a nice quick stop if you're just strolling the historic district. Also, they're available for rentals for small gatherings of up to ~100 people. I've seen several wedding there- it's really a great space.
- Chris B
3 weeks ago
Nice building.
- Diana N

Art Gallery & Event Venue

The Athenaeum is a historic building on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1964, it is owned and operated by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA) as an arts center. The artwork, all from local artists, provides a stunning and unique space to visit or hold your event.  The Athenaeum provides a beautiful location for wedding ceremonies, receptions, private and corporate rentals, workshop seminars and even live performances. You and your guests can not only enjoy a special art exhibit, but also amidst one of the few remaining examples of neo-classical Greek Revival architecture in Alexandria.  Whether for business or pleasure, hosting your event at this historic landmark will create the memories of a lifetime!

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201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Fri:12:00 – 4:00 PM
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