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The Art of Possibility, Part 1

In the book The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander, a family therapist, and Benjamin Zander, the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the authors invite the reader to transform their perspective on limitations, obstacles and seemingly intractable problems. When we look at the facts in front of us as they are now, rather than dwelling on what could have been or what should have been, we can better […]

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Torpedo Factory: Status Quo is Not an Option

Vision and imagination were at the heart of a 1974 initiative to transform a World War I-era munitions facility on Alexandria’s waterfront into an innovative art center. Thanks to the leadership of Marian van Landingham, who served Alexandria in the House of Delegates for 24 years, and the late Mayor Charles Beatley Jr., the building was converted from a storehouse for federal documents to the nation’s first collection of publicly […]

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