About Us: Mission, History and Vision

Established in 2000, Millennium Arts Salon is committed to "advancing cultural literacy" through its art and cultural programming, which includes salon talks, exhibitions, tours and special events.  Millennium programs are educational in nature, and designed to educate, raise awareness, and stimulate exchange on topics of art and culture. Another focus is to build bridges between communities, forge relationships, inspire positive action and contribute to the greater Washington good. We are founded on the principle of improving quality of life through the arts.

Millennium’s programs to date have totaled: 64 art salons; 8 exhibitions; 3 international tours; 6 domestic tours; over 59 salon speakers; 3 print collaborations; and 16 program partnerships.

 

Mission


Millennium Arts Salon has as its mission to:

  • Design and promote excellent programs to advance cultural literacy through the arts and cultural programming
  • Extend our believe that humans are more alike than they are different:  we seek to catalyze relationships through the arts
  • Respond to the changing ethnically and culturally specific demographic landscape in the geographies that we serve, locally and globally  


History

Millennium  Arts Salon's seasons have been thematic in nature with the first five seasons entitled "On Common Ground", investigating the commonalities of cultural output across the demographics of our marktet area.  Our successful "Scholars Speak" program season (2007-2008) heralded art scholars, and inspired five seasons exploring the artists and their creative impulses in our "Its All About Art" series.  In 2008 and 2009, in addition to our artists salon, artist studio visits, and collectors series, we added fine art print publishing to our portfolio of activity, featuring Sheila Crider, Billy Colbert, Rachelle Puryear (Sweden) and Preston Sampson. The year 2010 was a culminating year in that we published the works of twenty (20) mid-career artists across the ethno-cultural spectrum of Greater Washington, with exhibitions along the Atlantic seaboard from Virginia to New York, and sales of artists works internationally to benefit the artists both financially and in advancing their careers. 

MAS focuses on building institutional relationships in community, having collaborated over many years with such institutions as the Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, The Driskell Center at the University of Maryland College Park, the Center for the Study of Modern Art, George Mason University, Brady Gallery at George Washington University, Pyramid Atlantic Printmaking Workshop, Kenkeliba Gallery and the Dwyer Cultural Center (in NY), the Kreeger Museum of Washington, Busboys and Poets, and Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. As a part of its portfolio of services, MAS ventured into fine art print publishing, working with a number of its partner organizations to produce original works of art for the collecting community. 

 

MAS was recently awarded IRS Charitable Organization status as a 501(c)(3) organization, and engages financial and human resources to both enable and ennoble its vision and mission in service to its community.

 

Vision

Millennium  Arts Salon envisons a world in which its Board of Directors, its staff and volunteers, its members, its partners and donors influence understanding across ethno-cultural identity and the building of community interested and respectful of the arts and culture, leveraging the "fine art of conversation" inherent in its "arts salon" model, the creative impulses of its artists members and presenters, and the prowess of its institutional partners.

 

Current Board of Directors

 

Phillip Barlow

Jarvis DuBois

Neil Hartbarger

Janell Blackmon-Pryor

Eric Wray

Evangeline J. Montgomery

Sharon Burton

Juanita Hardy

Christina Waddler

Alexa Donaphin

Melvin Hardy

Doris Washington

 

Many thanks to our Board of Directors for the service and contributions to advance cultural literacy through the arts!

 

 

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