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Workhouse Arts Center
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Lorton
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Owner description: The Workhouse Arts Center, once a former prison, is now a flourishing arts community that is home to over 100 of the finest regional artists, with a rich local and national history. The Workhouse has a beautiful campus open year round to the public, with eight artist studio buildings, two main galleries, a prison museum, cafe, gift shop, art supply store, new Youth Arts Center and W-3 Theatre. New performances at the Workhouse W-3 Theatre include: Comedy Nights, a Cabaret Series, Dinner and a Movie Nights, as well as Children’s Theatre programs. The Workhouse offers over 200 educational opportunities for all age groups and skill levels.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I love visiting the Workhouse Arts Center! There is something for everyone, painting, drawing, pottery, jewelry, fused glass, weaving, knitting, woodworking...

Thank KathOIB
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Workhouse Art center is the redo of a Federal prison which had been an agricultural work camp. Besides the many interesting artists and craftsman studios and various art presentations, there is also as small museum located in one of the buildings. It shares the history of the site but more a detailed account of the site is on their website. The website indicates that, "The first prisoners at the Workhouse were misdemeanants—men who has been arrested and jailed for public drunkenness, petty theft, simple assault and non-support. Women were sentenced for solicitation, prostitution, disorderly conduct, vagrancy and intoxication. Beginning in July 1917 and continuing until November 1917, 72 members of the National Women’s Party were incarcerated at the Workhouse for protests over voting rights for women, including one of the movement’s founders, Lucy Burns."
We particularly enjoyed Carol Tripp Marten's ceramic tea pots, Jeanne Treschuk's mixed media and Hsi-Mei Yates Chinese Brush paintings.

Thank James A
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Took my wife to a Saturday night ballroom dancing event. Apparently they hold these monthly...and hopefully that will be expanded in the not too distant future. For a very reasonable price, one could get a lesson, followed by about 2 hours of free dance. The facility was almost perfect for dance...except for the support poles in the middle of the floor. Dance instruxction was adequate but not stellar. Music, of course, was via electronic means, but filled the hall. Many of the people there were newcomers to dance and obviously did not know some of the rules (i.e., travel along line of dance). Nevertheless, the Workhouse is a very good venue for this sort of thing. I hope they devote more resources to improving the instruction...if so, I'll be a repeat guest.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Did you know that you can watch DC-quality comedy shows at the Lorton Workhouse? They are put on by a Fredericksburg-based company called Cool Cow Comedy and it looks like they try to have something in Lorton at least once a month.

I've been to two shows already: one for a national comedian and one local showcase. Tickets were $15 and $10 respectively. The venue is spooky at night, but that only adds to the charm of it. There is plenty of parking and the auditorium fits 100 people just fine. Before the show, they sell beer, wine, soda, water, and snacks--all at reasonable prices. The shows last about two hours, and whether you like all or just some of the comedians, you'll have a good time.

1  Thank MangezDonc
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Took the kids to a play at the Workhouse Art Center Theater. (Kids are 7 and 11). The play was not great - let's just say we won't be doing that again. Ever. However, the idea of renovating the old prison to make a new art center is actually a good one. What we did enjoy was wandering through the gallery/work spaces and looking at the locally produced art and glass. I think, eventually, this will be a great attraction, once it is landscaped and some money flows into the project. For now, we'll wait from afar, until the center has time to mature.

Fees: only for the play, not for wandering the galleries.

Thank WFleet
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