Greater Reston Arts Center Hosts Creative Response: Michael Ratcliffe

By Editorial Team on November 18, 2019
Photo of Michael Ratcliffe. Courtesy of Greater Reston Arts Center.
Talk: Thursday, November 21 at 7pm

Join GRACE to hear Michael Ratcliffe respond to the exhibition Centroid Towns: Like a Passing Shadow, featuring new work by Baltimore-based artist Nate Larson. The short presentation will be followed by open conversation. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Michael Ratcliffe is Assistant Division Chief for Geographic Standards, Criteria, Research, and Quality in the Census Bureau’s Geography Division, where he is responsible for geographic area concepts and criteria (for example, how to define urban and rural areas, places, and other geographic areas), address and geospatial data quality, and research activities. For the 2010 Census, he led the team responsible for identifying the center of population and was part of the team that scouted the location to place the 2010 center’s monument in Plato, Missouri. In addition to his work at the Census Bureau, he has been an adjunct instructor in geography at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and George Washington University. He is also a published poet, with work appearing in a variety of print and on-line journals, most recently Gargoyle, Fourth & Sycamore, and Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review. His work can also be found on his website at

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Greater Reston Arts Center is located at 12001 Market Street, #103, Reston, VA.