A prison transformed into an Arts Center! Amazing!
Free and open to the public; housed in the National Historic Registry buildings on the Workhouse Arts Center campus. The Workhouse Arts Center is also included in the NOVA Arts and Cultural District, a groundbreaking multi-jurisdictional partnership of a vibrant pocket of arts, outdoor activities, artisans, restaurants, and entertainment.
Located in Lorton, Virginia, on 55 acres once occupied by the historic Occoquan Workhouse prison, the Workhouse Arts Center is a vibrant community of visual artists, performing artists, and arts educators working together to serve over 100,000 visitors annually from communities throughout Fairfax County, the greater Northern Virginia region, and around the country.
Nearly 100 regional artists create or exhibit their art at the Workhouse, and the Workhouse annually hosts more than 100 arts exhibitions, 300 performances, and 800 arts education classes, in addition to exciting events like Workhouse Fireworks and Brewfest.