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 Topic: Adventures in Preserving Nature
 Hollywood Heavyweights, Anacondas, and Virtual Reality
 Presented by Meg Goldthwaite,
 Chief Marketing Officer, Conservation International

Please join us for our first Lunchtime Lecture in the Athenaeum Gallery on Tuesday, October 18 from 11:30 to 1:30.  The cost is $45 for one ticket or $80 for two and includes a box lunch.

Meg Goldthwaite serves as Conservation International’s (CI) Chief Marketing Officer.  Meg is CI’s chief storyteller, spreading awareness of its core belief that nature doesn’t need people, people need nature. Prior to CI, Meg served as Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation for Women for Women International. Formerly, she was Vice President for Marketing and Communications for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Meg will talk about some of the programs she has lead at CI including a video campaign called Nature is Speaking – where gorgeous nature footage is narrated by people like Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, and Ed Norton who give voice to various aspects of nature.  We’ll hear a bit about both sides of this project – the importance of getting people to appreciate nature and some of her behind-the-scenes experiences. Recently her endeavors have taken her to the most remote corners of the globe to make virtual reality movies about nature in order to get people to really experience the wonders of nature.  When in Washington she is the consummate professional, and when she is in Suriname she is just one of seven people walking in a line through the jungle with a 15 foot anaconda resting across their shoulders, taking it to a location to be filmed (and later returned to the exact same spot). Safe to say, Meg has some stories to tell!
Seating is limited.  Call the NVFAA Executive Director, Kelly Mechling 703 548 0035 to reserve a spot. When you call, please let us know which of the following box lunches you prefer.
1. Gluten Free: Tarragon chicken salad on mixed greens, melon balls with lemon and mint, roasted rosemary potato salad, assorted macaroons.
2. Omnivore: Black Forest ham and dill Havarti on fresh Kaiser roll with honey mustard, curried almond and pea salad, fresh berries, lemon bar.
3. Vegan: Grilled vegetable wrap with carrot hummus, Terra Chips, Chinese cole slaw, raw almond butter cups.
 Second Lunchtime Lecture: Tuesday, November 15, 11:30 – 1:30
 Megan Beyer, Executive Director for the President’s Committee on the  Arts and Humanities
Athenaeum Gallery  | 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314  |  703.548.0035 / nvfaa.org

The Athenaeum Gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm.  It is closed on holidays. Admission is free.

The NVFAA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent art and unique experiences.

The NVFAA is partially supported by funding from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.The NVFAA is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or materials in an alternative format contact us at nvfaa@nvfaa.org or call 703.548.0035.

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