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Alice Nappy,
Executive Director, VisArts

What Alice loves about VisArts? The sense of community!

I’m not an artist, but I love to watch artists at work. I have taken classes in ceramics and quilting and what I really enjoyed was the feeling of being able to create something beautiful from a lump of clay or from fabric squares and thread.

What I love most about VisArts is the sense of community. You can come here by yourself to take a class, view one of our exhibitions or attend a community event, but you’re also surrounded by other people engaging in the arts.

On of my most memorable moments at VisArts was two summers ago when a participant in our class for wounded veterans made a point of thanking me on behalf of his family. VisArts provided his son with a scholarship to attend our summer art camp while his Dad was undergoing medical treatment at Walter Reed. Despite his severe injuries, the dad was so appreciative that his son was able to enjoy his summer camp experience just like any other kid.

It makes my day when I hear about the impact the arts have on the individuals we serve.

Please donate today to the VisArts Challenge and have twice the impact!

VisArts Reviews

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!

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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!

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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