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Mission Statement

The mission of the Torpedo Factory Art Center is to foster connections among artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. We provide dynamic interactions with the arts through our community of visual artists, exhibitions, and programs. We offer art up close, in person, and in progress.


Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S.

Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.



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Average Review 3 reviews

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by Gloria G. (October 11, 2016)
I signed up to volunteer for this event as a Floater from 2pm to 5pm. I got to the TFAC at 12:20pm, my name was not in the list of volunteers but they add me right way to it and immediately showed me a place to put my belongings, which was their staff office. Then they gave me an apron and Daniel gave me instructions of how to help. I worked with Tia and her activities from the Art Lab truck, I helped her with all the kids that came over to her station to do a kind of paint prints using foam paper, paint and rolls. It was very intense due to the great amount of children but very fun too!! All the kids loved it and we were surprised to see that the age group interested in this activity was very diverse. After the activity with Tia finished at 3:50pm -it was such a great experience working with her- I went up stairs to see how else I could help so I saw Chris giving instructions of where to put things and how to clean up her painting station so I helped her with that.I was glad to help!
by Deborah A. (October 14, 2014)
This was a wonderful volunteer opportunity. Loved meeting the organizers and all of the families that arrived. I was at the Welcome table and what a joy to share the days event and get everyone excited about all the activities that were planned. Tons of children out with their parents and visitors to our city. I felt like an ambassador. Hope to volunteer again for other events.
by Bunmi J. (October 11, 2014)
I found this organization from idealist on Thursday and signed up the same day for Children's Craft Assistance on 2pm - 4pm. I showed up 30 minutes early today, only to realize my name wasn't on the sign up list. I decided to wait until it was 2 pm and looked around to find who I needed to talk to about my position. After 15 minutes of wandering around, I just left. It looked like such a fun event to help around with, but it felt poorly organized. Either that or I wasn't looking hard enough. But it doesn't change the fact that my name wasn't on the sign up list when I showed up this afternoon. And this type of organization would've been good for my résumé.