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Kim Swanner

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Kim Swanner, Ceramics & Painting Instructor-one of several instructors for our classes for wounded veterans

What Kim loves about VisArts? Opportunities to experience the healing power of the arts!

Once a month, veterans undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Hospital are offered the opportunity to experience the healing power of the arts by participating in a class at VisArts. Kim has a personal understanding of the challenges service men and woman may face as her family includes her grandfather who served in WWII (and later in the army with Elvis Presley in Germany), her father-in-law who served in the Vietnam and Korean wars and a cousin who serves in the US Marine Corp.

Walter Reed clients are offered an art experience as part of their treatment program. Socializing with peers out in the community, learning a new skill or mastering an existing one and just "chilling out" all help to reduce stress and ease the transition back to the civilian world. Kim is thrilled to be a part of helping her students acclimate. She offers them opportunities to express their feelings in a visual way, to take their minds off the difficulties they may be experiencing and to leave feeling pride in their work.

One of VisArts' primary philanthropic initiatives focuses on providing low cost or no cost classes to wounded veterans and their families. We believe strongly in the healing power of the arts and want to expand opportunities for wounded veterans and their families to participate.

Please support VisArts' philanthropic efforts to help wounded veterans experience the healing power of the arts by donating today! Thank you.

Please continue to support your arts community by donating to VisArts!

VisArts Reviews

We chose Visarts because we wanted a venue that was a little different. Thinking of drab hotels that just offered a cookie cutter experience definitely wasn't in the cards,…

We all enjoyed the class. The instructor was great, very helpful, and it was a fun afternoon. I would love to see more weekend morning and afternoon classes and even…

I am sure you are aware how terrific Amy Wollins is, but I wanted to let you know as well. I just booked the Buchanan Room with her for…

Had our wedding here this past weekend and it was incredible! The rooftop cocktail hour was perfect - our guests were raving about the open space and view over…

I really enjoyed taking the Cocktails and Canvas class at VisArts. I'll be looking into other cool classes to possibly take in the future.

VisArts is such a beautiful location and the size was perfect for our Bar Mitzvah. Most of our guests had not yet been to VisArts and they were very impressed…

We loved having our wedding at VisArts. Amy was very helpful, and responded to any questions or concerns that we had. We loved the large windows and art gallery that…

Johnny had SUCH a fun party on Saturday. Alex and Avvim are wonderful, and the whole setup was super smooth and really fun for the kids (and stress free…

Highly recommend this space! I am in the industry and have done many events here. Now ...I add my own wedding to the list. Jackie, Amy and Omar and rest…

Thank you so much for everything you did that made my 50th birthday party a success. We had a wonderful time and danced all night. The "Queen's Bal" was…

I had a great time. Our instructor was very friendly & helpful. The space also is really cool. I'd definitely be interested in more Groupon deals for VisArts!

We held our staff 5 year anniversary party at VisArts. We all enjoyed the location/venue so much. Amy was very helpful and walked us through the whole process from beginning…

On Our Own was very fortunate to have the opportunity to have our forum at the VisArts Center. The Buchanan Room was a beautiful and yet very functional (tables…

What a beautiful and accommodating location. They went above and beyond to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams.

My wife and I held our wedding reception here this past weekend and it was wonderful! Jackie and Amy were a pleasure to work with and made it so…

I highly recommend a birthday party at VisArts. Kim was extremely responsive and the party was well-planned and organized. The children had a fantastic time, and I received positive…

Many of our colleagues were duly impressed and had no idea of the VisArts "goldmine" in our own backyard. We heard rave reviews of the venue, the room looked spectacular…

Thank you to the staff at VisArts for making our retirement party such a success. Amy Wollins is a pleasure to work with; she was always available and flexible,…

We had to change our program date because of the government shutdown, and VisArts could not have been more understanding or accommodating. Our event was seamless. The venue was…

I just want to thank you again for the wonderful party you created for my daughter's birthday. Many of the guests raved about the venue and the activities (so…

It was an Excellent way of getting to know clay and its ways. The wine was good, instructions clear and class was very well structured to leave enough room for…

Kim, Alex and Sarah organized the party in a very professional and yet a very friendly manner. Their friendliness and flexibility were the biggest assets for the party, as…

Went to VisArts Happy Hour Cocktails and Canvas and had an awesome time. Thanks!

The teacher, Jill, was great with the right level of explanation and very encouraging. It was very well run with the teacher, Jill, and helper. Thanks for offering the Groupon…

Above and Beyond! There is serious peace of mind knowing that I am working in a venue that lends hands on support and is willing to go the extra…

VisArts of Rockville was an excellent venue choice for our organization's event. The location is great because our attendees could access it via the metro or public parking and the…

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your sculpture classes. The wonderful models and beautiful poses you select, the people, your music and instruction is all…

Thank you so much for VisArts' generous support for On Our Own of Montgomery County's December 5, 2012 Forum "Impact of Healthcare Reform and Behavioral Health System Integration on…

Our very excited 7 year old and his 22 friends cannot stop talking about his Lego party! Kim and Chris were great with the kids, and kept the party at…

It was a GREAT party! My son loved everything about it, and so did his friends! Kim is a great party host, and a VERY creative party coordinator. I…

We had a great experience working with VisArts and would highly recommend them and use them again for future events. Amy in particular was a real pleasure to work with.…

I felt very comfortable dealing with Amy and Jackie who were very accommodating making the stressful exercise of finding a suitable place in a short notice.

VisArts at Rockville is a unique and beautiful location for an event. The pictures on the website don't do it justice, you must visit to see how special an event…

I had a Mixed Media decoupage party for my daughter who was turning 6. It was an amazing party - Kim ran the party and she was wonderful with…

The event managers at VisArts-Rockville Town Center provided us with a great value for the price we paid to hold our annual celebration. All of the details were taken care…

Thank you so much, Kim. The party was so much fun for the kids and so well organized. It was even fun for the parents. Exactly what I wanted…

We highly recommend a birthday party at VisArts. The kids all had a great time and can't stop talking about "the best party ever!" Staff was extremely organized and…

The instructor Stefanie Heideman was super. Knew her materials and was friendly and cheerful. A positive environment and a beautiful facility. Best kept secret in Rockville.

It was a great choice to have Nourish Now's third year Anniversary Fundraiser at VisArts. The view their is amazing and all of the staff was extremely helpful with all…

Kim Petty is an amazing party coordinator. This was our first party experience at VisArts. It was one of the best run “place” parties I have ever hosted or…

The BEST event we have ever had! From the venue, decor, location and personalized service. VisArts make each event specific to your companies needs, vision and desires. They are flexibility,…

Thank you to Kim for organizing a terrific Mincecraft party for my son's 10th birthday. All the boys had a great time. They really enjoyed learning about Pixel art…

My girlfriends and I did this on a whim and we had a great time. The instruction was good, the instructors were friendly and helpful and my friends and I…

Thanks so much for all of the referrals! We must have done something right! It is a great space...and you guys are great! - Debbie Lessans, Options Caterers…

For a second year in a row I celebrated my son's birthday party at VisArts. It was a great experience, all the kids and adults loved the activities. It…

We were the first family to try the jewelry-making party and we highly recommend it for girls who love to craft. Our now 7 year old daughter and her…

Our firm, Santos, Postal & Company, held a corporate event at VisArts wherein we brought in Tom Snyder, an internationally renowned speaker, to present to our entire firm. VisArts…

We were extremely pleased with our experience at VisArts. Kim gave great care in the planning/coordination and execution of the birthday party. It was truly an ideal venue for…

Thank you so much for all of your help before, during and after our event on March 21st. We really appreciate all of the hard work by you and…

I had so much fun making my plate, and hanging out with my friends! The Teacher, Brandon (I think) was great. It was a lot of fun!

Thank you so much for the beautiful dragonfly drawings for my daughter's birthday party! The birthday girl and her guests loved the whole event...and the teachers (Chelsea and Candy)…

Can't say enough great things! Extremely well organized from booking to finish. All of the young artists enjoyed themselves tremendously as did I. I would recommend this highly. A…

It was a great pleasure working with Amy Wollins. She was easy, flexible and very accommodating. We have done other events with VisArts and will continue to in the future.…

Thank you so much for coordinating my daughter's 4th birthday party. You really accommodated her wish for a princess-themed party and made it a truly wonderful experience for her…

We had a wonderful family reception at VisArts in Rockville in July 2014. The location was great, the room set up had my favorite colors, staff was responsive, helpful, and…

VisArts seems to be a secret wedding venue that is just waiting to be discovered. I am so glad I chose to have my wedding reception there. The art galleries…

The people behind the event management at VisArts were very helpful and professional. They listened to my needs and responded accordingly in a friendly and professional manner.

This venue is gorgeous. Our bar mitzvah celebration had a crowd that was heavily 13 years old but included a number of seniors who wanted to get away from the…

A short note to thank you and your wonderful staff for making this a memorable experience for us. Thanks again and I know we'll definitely want to host another…

What a blessing to find Instructor Elisabeth Vismans and her aptly named Transformational Art Workshop. A few well-chosen words from Elisabeth, a few nudges and whispers, and I experienced…

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