Workhouse Arts Center Fireworks

On Saturday, June 29th, Workhouse Fireworks will race skyward, illuminating the Northern Virginia landscape in an expertly-choreographed display of pyrotechnic light and thunder. Launched from the Workhouse Art Center’s historic, campus in Lorton, Virginia, the region’s largest pre-Independence Day fireworks show celebrates the history of our amazing nation and honors the courage and sacrifice that have made America a beacon of hope and freedom around the world. This year, the US Navy Band Sea Chanters – the United States Navy’s official chorus – will treat guests to an incredible performance that ranges from traditional choral music (including sea chanteys and patriotic fare) to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. A nearly 30-minute fireworks show follows the performance and will dazzle visitors with an incredible display of vibrant colors, bright lights, and ground-shaking explosions.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Workhouse produces a number of events each year – like Fireworks – that generate much-needed funds to support our operations, including visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and history experiences for more than 100,000 community members. It also enables the Workhouse to offer arts programming and scholarships for children and families in need, supports our work with the military community through our Workhouse Military in the Arts Initiative, preserves the important prison and women’s suffrage history tied to our site, and much, much more. If you’d like to support these and other important programs by making a tax deductible donation to the Workhouse, please visit

Guests will also enjoy art exhibits in 12 galleries and meet and explore the studios and works of art of nearly 80 resident and Arches Gallery artists. Galleries and studio buildings will remain open until 9pm, just before the fireworks begin, to ensure that everyone has a chance to enjoy the many examples of painting, sculpture, fiber arts, glass and ceramic arts, photography, and other art forms on display across our campus.

Guests at Workhouse Fireworks will also be able to enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks and craft beer and fine wine will be available for guests aged 21 and over. Ice-cold water, soft drinks, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase by all our guests. As always, please drink responsibly.

Admission to Workhouse Fireworks is free; convenient parking on the Workhouse campus is $25 per car when purchased online in advance at On-Campus parking purchased the day of the event will be $30 (cash only) when entering the Workhouse grounds. Our exclusive, ticketed VIP Lounge returns for our fireworks event this year, as well, featuring a catered meal, private lounge space and performances, premium parking, and reserved seating for the fireworks show. Both general parking and the VIP Lounge sell out every year, so purchase early to avoid disappointment!

More information about Workhouse Fireworks is available online at

The Glasgow Print Society

Through the Glasgow Print Society ARTSFAIRFAX artist residency, students communicate their ideas about community and environment through poster design and printmaking.

Students discuss what being a member of a society means to them, and how they can empathize with one another through peer discussion and active listening within the society.

Students investigate what makes a school environment conducive for learning and how the environment connects to the school community as a whole. As members of the community, they explore ways by which they can and actually do impact their own learning environment.


Students recognize how graphic design affects environments and communities. They identify both positive and negative ways in which design can impact a community, through examining real world examples. This includes a selection of WWII posters, works by Shepard Fairey, and local publicity. They collectively break down and analyze these examples of graphic design by developing their understanding of how principles of design can be used to express ideas and meaning. They discuss how to find creative solutions to everyday problems through design thinking. This informs their thought process as they plan their own poster designs. Students learn about and apply methods of screen printing to create affirmation and motivational posters about the school community. They learn about screen printing processes, apply these approaches and learn how to recognize

Exploring Movement in Improvisation

This ARTSFAIRFAX theatrical residency offers students opportunities to practice effective communication active listening skills. By creating original, imaginative stories through improvisation, students learn and demonstrate the basic tenets of improv. Using techniques such as CRO/OW (character, relationship, objective, obstacle, and whereabouts) and a movement vocabulary based on the work of renowned theatrical movement practitioners, students will perform improvised scenes from beginning to end.

Students practice focus, risk-taking, and working as an ensemble by learning a series of warm-ups, exercises, and games. Using a movement vocabulary, students explore how movement and gesture impact character development and relationship within scenes. Students practice effective communication and active listening skills by working in pairs, small, and larger groups to create improvised scenes. Collaborating in small groups, students utilize creative and critical thinking skills to build scenes from a series of prompts from their classroom colleagues. Students offer feedback to their colleagues to deepen the understanding and practice of the theatrical concepts.

The County’s Art Buzz – April

Special to The Fairfax County Times,  Apr 13, 2019

BalletNova awarded Martha Graham Dance Residency

A dozen young dancers are learning to transition from one movement to another to create a seamless whole. Every contraction, every lunge, every breath in time with the beat of the music rehearsed over and over again until the unnatural becomes natural. This is typical of the dance training hundreds of young people experience every day.

What is unusual for a select few high school students at BalletNova’s preconservatory dance division is to be trained and to learn from a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company. BalletNova is one of the few studios below the collegiate level to be granted a two-week artist residency from the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City.

“This work is usually done at a university level,” said BalletNova principal dancer Constance Walsh. “Our experience has gone beyond what I thought the students would appreciate.”

Martha Graham is considered one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century and an iconic figure of modern dance. Graham created a movement of language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body. Her studio, established in 1926, continues to teach students today. The artist residency at BalletNova began in February with Elizabeth AuClair and continues with former Martha Graham Dance Company and current BalletNova principal dancer Constance Walsh, who works daily with the conservatory level students to perfect a piece created and originally performed by Graham in 1936.

Students will perform their version of Graham’s “Steps in the Street” from May 3 – 5 during BalletNova’s Spring Show, “La Fille Mal Gardée & Other Works.” An ARTSFAIRFAX grant helped support this artist residency.

April art highlights

The arts are celebrating spring. NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra is presenting their spring concert on April 26 at the Richard J. Ernest Cultural Theater. On April 27, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will perform with the Fairfax County All-Star’s Youth Orchestra at the GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The Hub Theatre presents “The Burn,” an area-premiere play exploring what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch-hunt. “The Burn” plays from April 26 to May 11. In Tysons Corner, 1st Stage presents the thought-provoking piece, “Columbinus,” a docudrama that explores the Columbine High School shooting. The Polaris Piano Trio presents an evening of music for the Jordan Kitts Community Concert Series on April 27. Audiences of all ages will enjoy Creative Cauldron’s presentation of “Alice in Wonderland” and Reston Community Players’ presentation of “Annie.” Check the ARTSFAIRFAX website for dates and times.

Creative Aging Festival

Mark your calendars now to participate in great art offerings in recognition of Older Americans Month. ARTSFAIRFAX is partnering with Fairfax County agencies to present the 2019 Creative Aging Festival through the month of May. The Festival celebrates older adults’ participation in the arts. Over 60 free and engaging activities will be available in 28 venues throughout Fairfax County.

Visit for more information.

The County’s Art Buzz – March

There are plenty of art offerings in Fairfax, but have you checked out Twitter?

County resident and writer Jesse Stanchak tells his stories in 280 characters or less. A marketing professional in the metro area, Stanchak spins his literary prose three times a day via Twitter @MicroFlashFic. A modern version of an Irish Lyrics or a Japanese haiku, Stanchak’s work has attracted over 35,000 followers and been translated into multiple languages for audiences in countries around the world. Stanchak admits his work tends toward the scary and sad, but hopes readers will explore the many voices he represents in his work.

Stanchak gives this advice for aspiring artists, “The price of failure is so low. The worst that happens is that people ignore it.”

Link to his most popular Flash Fiction:

Four theaters nominated for Helen Hayes Awards

Four Fairfax County theaters received nominations for the 2019 Helen Hayes awards. 1st Stage leads the nominations with 22, and Brave Spirits Theatre, NextStop Theatre and The Hub Theatre each received two nominations. Get tickets now to see 1st Stage’s current presentation of “Columbinus” through April 20 and NextStop’s production of “Fallen Angels” until April 7.

Brave Spirits’ presentation of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and The Hub Theatre’s “The Burn” both start in April.

Brave Spirits and The Hub Theatre continue to receive audience and critical acclaim despite the challenge of finding a permanent home in Fairfax County.

Shape the County’s future

To understand residents’ needs and wishes, Fairfax County has launched a Countywide Strategic Plan survey to gather information to develop a plan for 2020 and beyond. The arts play a vital role in Fairfax, and it is critical for decision-makers to know the challenges facing the arts community. Please take time to complete this important survey:

Fairfax County citizens have other opportunities to speak for the arts by attending board of supervisors FY 2020 budget town hall meetings. Now is the time to get involved with your community and support the arts.

March art event highlights

Join the arts community for a variety of events in March. The Fairfax Choral Society presents music of composers, past and present that inspire thoughts about life on March 17, and The Fairfax Symphony presents students from Amit Peled’s studio of the Peabody Institute on March 31 both at Providence Presbyterian Church. McLean Project for the Arts is celebrating Youth Art Month by featuring work from students in the Fairfax County Public Schools Langley and McLean pyramids and the Fairfax Choral Society’s youngest choirs present “Bugtopia!” at United Methodist Church on March 16. For a great laugh, get your tickets for the Workhouse Arts Center’s presentation of “The Explorers Club” showing through March 31.

End the month by celebrating Women’s History Month and women in the arts. Join ARTSFAIRFAX President & CEO, Linda Sullivan and Senator Jennifer Boysko at the 4th Annual Women’s Choral Festival hosted by Capital Harmonia at the Community of Faith in Herndon on March 31. For more Fairfax events or more about the arts, visit

Vienna Choral Society

As our tagline says, we raise voices and spirits. Our purpose is to present varied programs of high-quality music for public entertainment and personal enrichment, to promote greater appreciation and enjoyment of good music by the general public and to join with other organizations in giving our time and our talent to programs and activities that benefit our community.

Our members come from all backgrounds and walks of life. We share a love of singing and a desire to grow both in our awareness of the rich choral music that exists and in our abilities to perform it well. We are proud to have several founding members of VCS still within our ranks, and we warmly welcome new members who are interested in blending their voices with ours.

Next Reflex Dance Collective

Next Reflex Dance Collective was founded by Roxann Morgan Rowley and Erika Surma in 2007.  An award winning modern dance company based in Northern Virginia, NRDC has been presented throughout the region by multiple venues and festivals including The DC Dance Festival, The Charlotte Dance Festival, The DUMBO Dance Festival, The Cool NY Dance Festival, The Goose Route Dance Festival, The Howard Community Festival, Mason/Rhynes Productions “Late Night Series”, The Carter Barron Amphitheater, The Workhouse Arts Center, The American Dance Institute, Dance Place, The Harman Center for the Arts, The 2010 Metro DC Dance Awards, The National Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others. NRDC has received support from the Puffin Foundation, the Arts Council of the Valley, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Arts Council of Fairfax County. NRDC’s en Route! A Touring Dance Project was established in 2007 with the purpose of bringing together diverse artists from various communities to broaden the awareness of dance performance in select cities and to provide touring opportunities for independent artists and small companies. In 2009, NRDC was the proud recipient of the Metro DC Dance Awards’ “Founders Award” for innovation in dance and was a finalist in multiple award categories. NRDC is currently the dance resident artist at The Workhouse Arts Center.

It is NRDC’s mission to create art collaboratively with artists of all disciplines and to support the creation of experimental dance work. As a unit, we are committed to creating new work which challenges ideas and broadens perceptions, while also encouraging experimentation at the highest level. We are devoted to being a part of our dance community’s growth through the inclusion of various artists in specific performance and outreach programs. Each NRDC collaborator brings a new community of not only audience but also outreach to our collective.

Public Art Reston

Public Art Reston’s mission is to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of public artworks in Reston. It imagines public art throughout Reston that inspires the community and engages the mind and senses. Public Art Reston with its founding community partners to commission temporary and permanent public artworks in Reston. For a complete list of public artworks in the community, visit our online gallery . Public Art Reston presents artist talks and film screenings about public art. Public Art Reston, in collaboration with community partners, presents the annual community festivals Chalk on the Water at Lake and ChalkFest at Reston Town Center.  View our Calendar of Events for more information.


Photo: Connie’s Quit (2018), South Lakes High School STEAM Team.


Paint Herndon

The annual Paint Herndon event on Saturday, September 19, 2015 is an all-day celebration of the arts and the anniversary of the opening of ArtSpace Herndon.

Craftsmen’s Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival

Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation with thousands of unique choices. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun & funky. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths for those one-of-a-kind treasures found only at the Craftsmen’s Classics. The show is all indoors for your comfort. Show hours are 10-6 Friday and Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. Admission is good all three days with your FREE Return Pass from the Show Desk. Be sure to pick yours up before you leave the Show. $8/Adults, $1/Child (6-12). Advance discount tickets available and discount coupons are in the local newspapers starting the week before the show. For more information, discount tickets and coupons, etc., visit or email Interested Artists & Crafspeople should visit or email