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Arts & Culture

Alexandria's commitment to the arts runs deeper than mere passion: music, artwork and theatre are vital pillars that compose the city's identity. Named one of America's Top ArtPlaces in 2013, Alexandria houses the Legendary Birchmere Music Hall, where Johnny Cash and Ray Charles once performed; the Art League School, where creativity abounds; and the Athenaeum, home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.

Let your creative spirit soar amongst the 82 artist studios and six galleries held in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, located along the Potomac waterfront. Inviting curiosity and an exclusive opportunity to witness their unique processes, artists exhibit work ranging from welding to printmaking, fiber art to repurposed recyclables, helping mold Alexandria's vibrant cultural backbone.

Diverse in form and exemplary in quality, galleries, art shops and music venues compose Alexandria's vast artscape, bound together by artists working to uphold a strong community with paint brushes in hand.

Minutes from Washington, DC but a World Away

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IT'S IN OUR CULTURE Local shops and galleries mix art into your everyday... Learn More ›
ARTS POWERHOUSE Watch creativity unfold at the Torpedo Factory Art Center... Learn More ›
ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE Experience live theater, an award-winning symphony and the Legendary Birchmere Music Hall...
YEAR OF ART ANNIVERSARIES This is the "Year of Extraordinary Anniversaries," as a staggering number of art organizations reach major milestones...
Getting Here Easy to get here, easy to get around... Learn More ›