Through the new Emerging Visions program, Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) takes its mission beyond the center walls, creating opportunities for students to engage with contemporary art in their own classrooms. GRACE invites educators and students to engage in an ongoing program that provides art enrichment content to educators based on the exhibition, Green Is the Secret Color To Make Gold. Working directly with FCPS Art Educators, GRACE created an educator’s packet with an overarching theme and supporting concepts to integrate into classroom curriculum for each stage of schooling, K–12. Teachers and students are invited to view the exhibition and meet the curator and artist (if available). Students can respond to a theme by creating their own artwork in any medium. Student artwork, as selected by GRACE staff, will be exhibited as part of the Emerging Visions exhibition at Greater Reston Arts Center. Contact Sarah Black Sadler for more information.

Participating Schools:

Dogwood Elementary School
Hunters Woods Elementary School
Hutchison Elementary School
Rachel Carson Middle School
Herndon High School
Oakton High School
South Lakes High School

Emerging Visions exhibition booklet


Emerging Visions is generously supported in part by




Creative Students and the College Application Process with ARTriculate
Saturday, March 2, 4pm
ARTriculate is the only college consulting service in the DC metro area that specializes in helping creative students find the best fit college and apply. Their creative students include visual artists, performing artists, film students, digital media students, musicians, dancers, and other students who have creative interests that will inform their college choices. Many students combine their creative interests with STEM or humanities – ARTriculate helps them find programs and schools that provide this opportunity.

Free and open to the public. Registration not required but RSVP appreciated. Email

The workshop will cover: 

  • Great careers for for creatives in visual arts, performing arts and digital media
  • How to find your “best fit” colleges
  • The difference between a BFA and a BA, a College of Art and Design/Conservatory and a traditional Liberal Arts College/University
  • Timelines for activities during all four high school years and summers
  • What’s changed in programs and applications in the last 20+ years

Opening reception: March 2, 5–7pm
Free and open to the public

GRACE Family Day
March 16, 11
Free and open to the public.
Greater Reston Arts Center opens its doors to celebrate Youth Art Month for a with free day of family art making and exploration in the gallery. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center.

Emerging Visions Open Mic: March 16, 2–4pm
Comes see poets, singers, actors, and performers of all kinds from the new Emerging Visions program. Free and open to the public.

Meditation Workshop: Contemplating Creativity CANCELLED
March 21, 7–8:30
Join GRACE and meditation teacher Maryam Ovissi for a workshop contemplating the exhibition Emerging Visions, currently on view at the gallery.
Maryam Ovissi is CEO and Founder of Beloved Yoga, a vinyasa yoga studio and wellness sanctuary located in Reston. Beloved Yoga is a one-of-a-kind studio sharing the art of yoga, and meditation is one of its essential tools of expression. Offering over 80 classes a week for athletic adults, seniors, kids, and prenatal yoga.
Email to register. Ages 13 and up. Free for GRACE members and $5 donation for non-members. 


Facebook group for educators
Emerging Visions Educator Guide
Elementary School Lesson Plan
Middle School Lesson Plan
High School Lesson Plan

Download classroom presentations here

Caitlin Teal Price in conversation with John Pilson at the National Gallery of Art
Moderated by Lily Siegel, executive director and curator, Greater Reston Arts Center

Creative Response: M.J. Rymsza-Pawlowska, professor of public history at American University

In Their Own Words: artist Caitlin Teal Price in conversation with Lily Siegel, GRACE’s executive director and curator

Insights with Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture and curator of performance art at the National Portrait Gallery

Emerging Visions photos courtesy of Charlotte Geary