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Art Activated

— Let your creative side play at the 6th Annual Art Activated taking place during the Alexandria King Street Art Festival, Saturday Sept. 8 from noon-4 p.m. Cool off from the street fair and rejuvenate with refreshments at an art-filled extravaganza perfect for all ages.

Visitors can make their own original piece of artwork with the local screen-printing duo Sediment Press. Visit www.sedimentpress.com. Children from 1 to 100 will love the popular Bubble Gum Art where they can pick their favorite color gumball, chew it up, and add it to the "paint-by-number" style project. The Create-Your-Own Button station let's everyone make his or her own wearable collage. Get a firsthand look at the creative process by visiting artists in their studios and watch works of art take shape.

A Q-ART Code Scavenger Hunt will offer a chance to win big with a $150 gift-certificate to the Torpedo Factory; bring your smart phone to play. The scavenger hunt will begin at the Alexandria Art Experience booth at Market Square where visitors can also chill out with an Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser supporting The Art League. Visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/artleague.htm. The Q-Art Code

Scavenger Hunt will go on both days of the Art Festival, and on Saturday

only — only during Art Activated — we will also have a traditional

kid-friendly scavenger hunt at the Art Center.

Art Activated is part of the 2012 Alexandria King Street Art Festival

www.visitalexandriava.com, Old Town's annual art fair featuring artist booths along King Street, and special events and activities to indulge your passion in the arts.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization

whose mission is to enhance public art appreciation and education. Home to over 165 artists working in 82 studios which are open to the public, the Torpedo Factory serves as an example of how the arts can revitalize a community. The highlight of Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront, the art center attracts approximately 500,000 visitors annually. In addition to three floors of artist studios, the Torpedo Factory is home to six galleries, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and The Art League School. The art center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Visit www.torpedofactory.org/artactivated.