All proceeds from the 2017 Taste of Annandale are supporting the Re-Imagining Community Through Art initiative, a series of dialogues with community members and local high school students who participate in art and poetry workshops with professors at George Mason University.  After expenses, the Taste of Annandale netted a profit of more than $9,400.

Re-Imagining Community Through Art is spearheaded by the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. The program brings together youths, members of the public, faith communities, law enforcement, and others for dialogue sessions on their vision of community.

The first dialogue was held last May at the Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center in Seven Corners, and the second took place in October at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church. At those sessions, students from Annandale, Stuart, Falls Church, and Woodson high schools displayed the art they produced for the project to illustrate their feelings about community.

The public is invited to the third session, “A Dialogue Through Poetry and Art,” March 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Bailey’s Lower Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Bailey’s Crossroads.

Attendees will be treated to a free Latin American dinner. Childcare will be provided. It’s not necessary to have attended one of the earlier dialogues.

For more information, contact Norma Lopez of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, 703-533-5475.