Lunchtime Lecture with Megan Beyer — Arts and Gender Equality Advocate, Journalist, and Much More | News Release | Athenaeum


Megan Beyer

Arts and Gender Equality Advocate, Journalist, and Much More

We invite you to join us for an animated discussion with Megan Beyer and a delicious box lunch to benefit the Athenaeum Tuesday, March 21 from 11:30 to 1:30.  The cost is $45 for one ticket or $80 for two and includes a box lunch.

“The arts and the humanities are the soul of America. They tell the world who we are. They shout our values, question our character, express our concerns and reflect both our strengths and weaknesses. The arts keep us honest by challenging us.”  – Megan Beyer

Megan has a long history of advocacy for gender equality and the arts, having served on a number of boards including WETA, The Virginia-Israel Commission, Wolf Trap, and Woodlawn Plantation. A journalist and TV commentator, Beyer was a regular panelist on To The Contrary, a weekly PBS news forum for women to discuss national and international issues and policies. In 2010 she founded and chaired the Swiss-American bilateral Women Leaders Project, Sister Republics. Most recently Beyer served as the Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, appointed by President Obama.

This interactive discussion will revolve mostly around Megan’s activities with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She will share a behind-the-scenes perspective of some of her experiences including the Turnaround Arts Program designed to help America’s most fragile elementary schools, and the cultural delegation she led to Cuba with American artists including Usher, Smokey Robinson, Joshua Bell, and Dave Matthews.


Also of interest is the time Megan spent in Switzerland with her husband, Don Beyer, (lieutenant governor of Virginia 1990-1998) when he served as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Don now serves in the House of Representatives from Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.
Between her impressive accomplishments, fascinating experiences, and media savvy, guests are sure to enjoy a thought-provoking and amusing mid-day treat.

Seating is limited 

Call the Athenaeum at 703 548-0035 or send an e-mail to Tom Schultz to reserve a spot and let us know which lunch option you prefer:
  • Grilled chicken breast with Fontina on pita
  • French green beans tossed in fresh herbs and goat cheese
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Chocolate chip cookie
  • Chipotle tuna salad with confetti peppers with baby field greens
  • Grapes with Maytag and walnuts
  • White bean succotash
  • Macaroons
  • Grilled pepper and orzo salad with fresh herbs
  • Sweet potato hash
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Chocolate mousse

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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