A Weekend of Beauty

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A Weekend of Beauty

Event Overview

Get ready for an unforgettable weekend of beauty, exploration, and reconnection with CSS Members and Alumni, hosted by Common Sense Society in the heart of our nation’s capital on June 2nd and 3rd. Our first-ever weekend retreat is the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and deepen your understanding of beauty across various mediums.

We’ll start the weekend off right on Friday, June 2nd, with a warm and welcoming Hospitality and Fellowship evening from 4 PM to 8 PM. The next morning, we’ll embark on a journey of discovery that includes a guided tour of the National Gallery of Art with CSS artist-in-residence Michael Curtis, a poetry reading and discussion on the National Mall with CSS Executive Vice President David Talbot, and an optional Nationals baseball game at Nats Park in Navy Yard.

“A Weekend of Beauty with CSS” is an exclusive event, open only to CSS Members and Alumni of CSS Fellowships. While there is no cost to attend*, registration is required. Space is limited. To secure your spot, be sure to RSVP to Alex Pack at alex@commonsensesociety.org by May 15th.

If you’re looking for recommendations for sightseeing on Sunday, June 4th, or lodging for the weekend, our team is here to help. Simply reach out to Alex Pack at alex@commonsensesociety.org for assistance. Want to round out the Beauty experience? If you are coming to town on the early side on Friday, you are more than welcome to sign up for our Members’ Art Practicum that afternoon.

*Attendees are responsible for lodging and transportation. There will be a charge for tickets to the Nats game.

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1455 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20004

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Michael Curtis


Michael Curtis is the artist-in-residence at Common Sense Society. He is a sculptor, painter, historian, architectural designer and poet. He has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, the College for Creative Studies, and the National Gallery of Art. His pictures and statues are housed in over three hundred private and public collections, including the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Supreme Court. His plays, essays, verse and translations have been published in over thirty journals. His most recent nonfiction books include, Occasional Poetry: How to Write Poems for Any Occasion, and The Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C.: A History and Guide.

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David Talbot

Executive Vice President

David Talbot is the executive vice president of Common Sense Society, an international nonprofit network that advances the principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty, where he is chiefly responsible for the administration of programs and operations. He was formerly chief of staff at the congressionally authorized Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, an educational, research, and human rights nonprofit. He has worked as a construction laborer, a substitute teacher, a camp cook, a collegiate athletics statistician, an industrial laundry equipment installer, an oil and gas lease researcher, a ghost writer, a security officer, a janitor, and a grocery store clerk. He serves as treasurer of the National Civic Art Society, and graduated cum laude from Hillsdale College.

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