CANCELED: Community Engagement Workshop

Thank you so much for your interest in Community Engagement Workshop. To ensure the health and safety of our community,  Arlington County has recently issued Guidance for Public Meetings and Gatherings to Mitigate and Contain the Spread of COVID-19.  In alignment with this guidance, we will need to cancel this gathering at this point in time.

Artists and arts organization get an overview of ways to engage the community they are trying to serve. Instructor Sushmita Mazumdar will share how her artist’s projects and others she has observed or been part of hope to use art to achieve long-term outcomes, try our new processes, and build relationships.


Date: March 25, 2020



Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Theater On the Run
3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr.
Arlington, VA 22206
Fee: $20-$25
Registration: Sorry, registration is closed.
For more information, please contact:
Name: Joan Lynch
Phone: (703) 228-1852
Email: [email protected]

Sushmita Mazumdar is an Arlington-based artist, writer, and educator, and founder of Studio Pause, her art studio where she invites the community to make time to explore creativity, and celebrate the art and stories in the community.

After a 15-year career in the advertising industry in India and the US, Sushmita started writing stories about her childhood in India to show her American-born son how different yet wonderful lives can be. She made each story into a unique book by hand. In 2007 she launched Handmade Storybooks and since then her work has been about encouraging children, families, and seniors to share their stories of home, heritage, and migration through the fun and exciting book arts.

In 2010 Sushmita participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Asian Pacific American Local Lives Global Ties program. In Oct 2012 she had her first solo show at Glen Echo Park’s Popcorn Gallery. She opened Studio Pause in Sept 2013. She has designed and taught projects for the Smithsonian Institution and its museums, Arlington Arts, Alexandria City Public Schools, DC Public Libraries, National Building Museum, and Alexandria Black History Museum.

“I work across stories, book arts, and visual art, often mixing into it the community who collaborate, discuss, and respond to inform my creations. I believe that everybody is creative and everyone has stories to share—we just don’t explore them because we don’t have the time, don’t think we are very good at it, and we don’t think anyone cares.”

In 2018 Sushmita was awarded Arlington County’s Woman of Vision award for her work at Studio Pause. And in 2019 she was appointed one of 13 Arts Commissioners for Virginia.



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