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From left, Julie Lansaw Warrin and Bari Livingston of the McLean Project for the Arts and Dan Smoot, owner of the Langley Shopping Center. The MPA hosted a "pop-up" party at an empty space in the shopping center to kick off their 50th anniversary celebrations Friday, Feb. 24.

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MPA Begins 50th Anniversary Celebration

Organization hosts "pop-up" party in downtown McLean.

Fifty years ago, the McLean Project for the Arts began as a way for local artists to get together, meet the local community and sell a few paintings while they are at it. The organization has undergone many changes since then, establishing a gallery at the McLean Community Center and putting on several signature events per year, but it remains the same at its core.

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