Workhouse Arts Center

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Workhouse Arts Center is a Virginia not-for-profit corporation that was created for the purpose of planning, developing and fundraising a self- sustaining arts space. The primary goal has been and remains the renovation, preservation and reuse of the former District of Columbia Complex’s Workhouse facilities. Officially transitioned from the District of Columbia Prison Complex to Workhouse Arts Center in 2008, the organization now sits on 55-acres of land surrounded by rolling hills, featuring 3 main gallery spaces, near 100 artist studios and hosts an array of engaging opportunities and inspiring experiences in visual and performing arts, history and education.


The mission of Workhouse Arts Foundation is to grow and support a vibrant arts center that offers engaging opportunities and inspiring experiences in visual arts, performing arts, history, and education.

Core Values

Commitment to High-Quality Arts and Education
Fiscal Responsibility
Exemplary Governance
Community Engagement

Workhouse Arts Center