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Workhouse Arts Center

9518 Workhouse Way


To be a self-sustaining, thriving arts center with programs in the visual and performing arts and arts education through the repurposing of the former Workhouse correctional facility.


Leverage the architectural heritage of the former Workhouse correctional facility by transforming it into a unique arts center that provides visual and performing arts, arts education and entertainment for the community-at-large.


Shahid Nasim

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Great fireworks show for family. You can park on Ox Road, either side. You may also park at the Shoppes of Lorton shipping center; it is exactly 1 mile away, and an easy walk to Workhouse Rd. The lawn at Workhouse Rd and Ox Rd provides for a great view, with fireworks exploding over the arts center. $20 parking if you want to park at the Arts center. Ice cream trucks and various food truck venders will be spread around. You can bring your own lawn chairs, food, and ice buckets. Show started at 9:30pm and was for ~ 1/2 hour. Show is slow for most if the time, which is why I have the 4 star rating, but like all other displays, and had a monster ending.

Justin Ober

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
One may draw a strong likeness between the Workhouse Arts Center and the Torpedo Factory, as both art centers have been reappropriated from different uses to now offer residencies, galleries, workshops, and events. The artists at the Workhouse Arts Center are kind, passionate, and talented individuals. The space recognizes its cultural heritage and the artists I have met have been open to talking about its past. The classes offered here are high quality, yet the institute may not be highly advertised because their marketing opportunities are restricted by government funding. I would highly recommend visiting if you enjoy art and museums or if you're interested in talking with artists-in-residence or even taking a class!

melissa g

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
I went to a comedy show here at the W16 building. It's in an art building and they don't serve food. They do have alcohol and sodas to drink and candy bars if you're hungry. The comedy was OK if you really want to get out but I don't think I will go back. I couldn't wait for the show to be over because the seats were uncomfortable. A fair price for the show would be $10.

Frank H

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Very nice to see an infamous historic place, now closed down, turned into an arts center and a place for community events such as the Fourth of July fire works display. Art classes, to include pottery, stained glass are offered as well as cooking classes. There is a very small but informative museum about the Work House history - it includes the early 1900's Women's Suffrage Movement through the lens of incarceration at this site. There is a smal memorial plaque of Correction Officers killed while in the line of duty when the Work House served as a prison. The open grassy area of the Work House is used for the Fourth of July fireworks display and other outdoor events, take notice that it can get very crowded due to the small size of the field. There still is much to do to improve the place and look forward to see what more will be done to the complex. Nearby the Work House is an old, closed down, razed Nike Missile site built to defend Washington, DC from Soviet bombers during the Cold War.

Juan Torres

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The people at the center were extremely friendly, welcoming and passionate about their artwork, the range of classes they offer is amazing and the environment couldn’t be better. Really glad I passed by.

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Upcoming Events at Workhouse Arts Center

Mount Vernon Concert Series - Brass 5

Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Mount Vernon Concert Series - Mariachi Los Amigos

Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Mount Vernon Concert Series - Kevin Maines and The Volts

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Mount Vernon Concert Series - Bill and the Belles

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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