Torpedo Factory Braces For Change | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Torpedo Factory Braces For Change

Play associated audio

By Michael Pope

For years, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, made munitions. Now it's an art center where many artists work in public for visitors. But some are concerned proposed changes could affect that mission.

Potential changes include closing the south half of the first floor to create a new gallery that would keep later hours and opening a restaurant. Now the Alexandria City Council has created a new governing board that will take operational control away from the artists, which hasn't met universal approval.

"With 150 artists, there's always different viewpoints," says Penny Berringer, president of the artists association.

"It goes from, like any group, from very, very conservative to very liberal and let's change everything," she says.

Some are concerned that closing half the first floor for a gallery and restaurant would intrude into an important common space that's currently rented out for events. Others say the art center would benefit from better marketing. Jim Steele is among those who welcome potential changes.

"They have decisions that they're going to have to make. Hopefully they'll make them in conjunction with us. I'm not sitting here afraid of the future of the Torpedo Factory," says Steele.

Members of the new governing board are expected to be appointed as early as September.

NPR

How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.
NPR

Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems.
NPR

House Could Vote On $500 Million To Arm, Train Syrian Rebels

The possible vote to authorize the Obama administration's plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.
NPR

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

With the price of solar panels falling, more municipalities and homeowners are installing them. But having solar panels doesn't mean you won't lose power in a blackout — at least not yet.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.