The Reston Historic Trust & Museum and Tephra ICA Presents: The Past and Future of Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum and Tephra ICA Presents: The Past and Future of Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art

March 10, 2021, 7 p.m. 

Join the Reston Historic Trust & Museum for a program in collaboration with Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (formerly Greater Reston Arts Center). Tephra ICA has promoted contemporary art and experiences in Reston and the Washington, DC metropolitan region for over 45 years through exhibitions, programs and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Learn about how this organization has grown over the years and where they are headed next. 

Jaynelle Hazard Executive Director and Curator of Tephra ICA said of their recent rebrand and history “This rebrand speaks to the incredible foundation of Greater Reston Arts Center and helps to better position the organization in the regional and national contemporary arts field. We look forward to sharing more about the successes that helped pave the way and to provide a sneak peek of what the future holds for Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art.”

Archival images from the museum’s collection will be highlighted in the presentation. The all-virtual program will be held on March 10, 2021 at 7 p.m.  Account and registration required with Reston Community Center at

About the Reston Historic Trust & Museum 

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum (RHT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Reston’s past, informing the present, and influencing the future of Reston. RHT is located at Lake Anne Plaza and is open Monday through Saturday. We are free of charge and conduct educational and public programming, exhibitions, and public events including the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta, Reston Home Tour, and Founder’s Day. RHT also preserves a collection of archival material and artifacts related to the history of Reston. Programs of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum are supported in part by Reston Community Center. 

About Tephra ICA 

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a 501c3 non-profit located in Reston, Virginia, announced a significant rebrand in January 2021, introducing the organization as Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA). The repositioning emerged as the institution’s programs, audience, and impact continued to evolve over the past several years, and the original name and acronym no longer aligned with the organization’s reach and vision.

Tephra ICA is a non-profit, non-collecting institution committed to promoting innovative contemporary art and thinking. Leading with curiosity and care, the organization is a catalyst, generator, and advocate for visual arts. The institution is devoted to celebrating artists and values the power of art to broaden and shift perspectives, start difficult conversations, and consider alternative ideas.

The word “tephra,” matter ejected from geothermal eruptions landing upon, nourishing, and changing the surrounding environment, emphasizes the institution’s belief in the combustibility of creativity and generation of ideas and growth that the arts can provide.

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