Select Articles About the Workhouse

Celebrating Women’s History Month 2020 in Fairfax County
Connection Newspaper – March 2020

Silent No More: The New Lucy Burns Museum Speaks to the Centennial of Suffrage
American Alliance of Museums – March 2020

Women’s Suffrage Museum Offers A Learning Experience For All
Patch Newspaper – February 2020

Lucy Burns Museum Opens at Workhouse Arts Center
NOVA Daily Flyer – February 2020

The LOVEworks at Lorton Workhouse
Fairfax Station Connection – February 2020

New LOVEworks Sign To Be Revealed At Workhouse Arts Center
Lorton Patch – February 2020

Women’s Suffrage Museum Delivers A Learning Experience For All
Lorton Patch – February 2020

Dance and Live Music Take Center Stage at Workhouse Arts Center
Fairfax Station Connection – January 2020

Virginia Gets New Museum Honoring Suffragists, 100 Years After Women Got The Right To Vote
WAMU – January 2020

Museum Honoring Suffragists Who Fought for Women’s Voting Rights Opening this Weekend
ABC7 WJLA – January 2020

New Lucy Burns Museum Highlights the Suffragists and Area History
Fairfax Connection – January 2020

DCMTA 2019 Staff Favorites: Outstanding Design Elements in Professional Productions
DC Metro Theater Arts – January 2020

How the Vote Was Won
AAA World – January/February 2020

Comedians Featured at the Workhouse on New Year’s Eve
Alexandria Gazette – December 2019

Oculus: A Place of Unseen at the Workhouse Arts Center Artist Talk December 14
Potomac Local – December 2019

Operation Freedom To – OMG! Workhouse Arts Center
Integrative Health VA – December 2019

New Virginia Museum Will Honor Women’s Suffrage Movement
Washington Post – November 2019

New Virginia Museum Will Honour Women’s Suffrage Movement
Toronto City News – November 2019

New museum in Fairfax Co. will honor women’s suffrage movement
WTOP News – November 2019

New Virginia Museum Will Honor Women’s Suffrage Movement
NBC Washington – November 2019

New Virginia museum will honor women’s suffrage movement
Richmond Times Dispatch – November 2019

New Virginia Museum Will Honor Women’s Suffrage Movement
WHSV3 – Harrisonburg – November 2019

A Guide to What’s New with Virginia Museums
Boomer Magazine – November 2019

Promoting Love of Arts in Fairfax Schools
Connection Newspapers – October 2019

Enter at your own risk: all new Haunted Trail 2019 – BREAKOUT!
Fairfax County Times – October 2019

‘Carrie’ is Coming to the Workhouse Theater
Connection Newspapers – October 2019

New Thrills, New Chills in Lorton
Connection Newspapers – October 2019

Review: “Carrie, The Musical” at Workhouse Arts Center
DC Metro Theater Arts – October 2019

Workhouse Brewfest Returns to Lorton
Connection Newspapers – September 2019

Skills of a Clown
Connection Newspapers – September 2019

Fairfax County’s first permanent LOVE letters set up at Workhouse Arts Center – August 2019

Painting the Sounds and Vibrance of Music
Connection Newspapers – August 2019

Public Outdoor Artwork on Display in Lorton
Connection Newspapers – July 2019

Workhouse Arts Center to Host Inaugural Mural Project and Festival
Northern Virginia Magazine – July 2019

Live painting, live music, alive you! 
Fairfax County Times – July 2019

Legendary Puppeteer Bill Diamond helps bring ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to life at the Workhouse Arts Center
DC Metro Theater Arts – June 2019

Northern Virginia Fourth of July Fireworks and Festivities
Inside Nova – June 2019

Musical Night with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in Lorton
Connection Newspapers – May 2019

Review: ‘The Full Monty’ at Workhouse Arts Center
DC Metro Theater Arts – May 2019

Workhouse’s Award Winning Photo taken on the Ganges River
Potomac Local – April 2019

Review: ‘The Explorers Club’ at Workhouse Arts Center
DC Metro Theater Arts – March 2019

Expanded Dance Classes at the Workhouse Arts Center
Connection Newspapers – February 2019

The Workhouse Arts Center 2018 Gala Raised over $200,000 for the Arts
Viva Tysons – February 2019

Glitz and Glamour at the Workhouse Gala
Connection Newspapers – November 2018

Innovative Ideas Sought to Continue Making the Workhouse Arts Center a Vibrant Mixed Use Arts Campus
Fairfax County – November 2018

Celebrating 10 Years of Renovation at the Workhouse Arts Center
Fairfax County Television – September 2018

Next Reflex Dance Collective Now in Residence at the Workhouse Arts Center
DC Metro Theater Arts – September 2018

Workhouse Arts Center to celebrate 10th Anniversary with special events week
Covering the Corridor – August 2018

Forging Ahead: Bladesmithing troops, vets and caregivers a chance to heal
Stripes – August 2018

Workhouse Brewfest Returns
Connection Newspapers – July 2018

VIDEO: Museum Remembers Night of Terror
ABC7 Washington, Lucy Burns Museum, October 2017:

Celebrating Fourth in Lorton
Connection Newspapers – July 2018

Review: ‘Rock of Ages’ at the Workhouse Arts Center
DC Metro Theater Arts – May 2018

9 things I wish I’d known before visiting Fairfax County, VA
Matador Networks – April 2018

Quad renovation, trail system improvements under way at Workhouse Arts Center
Covering the Corridor – April 2018

Gleeful Look Back in Lorton to 1980s Musical Era
Connection Newspapers – April 2018

Cartoons unite the world: Illustrations by Jim Henson’s cartoonist on display at Workhouse Arts Center
Fairfax County Times – March 2018

Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Workhouse Arts Center
DC Metro Theater Arts – March 2018

New Virginia museum will honor the sacrifices of suffragists
Lonely Planet Travel News – February 2018

Showcasing Major New Happening at Workhouse Arts Center
Connection Newspapers – February 2018

Workhouse Prison Museum
Atlas Obscura – January 2018

Dulles Chamber announces finalists for Annual Business Awards Luncheon – Ava Spece Finalist
Inside NOVA – December 2017

Visit a former prison of suffragists now turned into an arts center in Virginia
Los Angeles Times – November 2017

NoVA Arts and Cultural District dissolves boundaries
Northern Virginia Magazine – November 2017

Autumn Thrills and Chills at the Workhouse Arts Center
Connection Newspapers – September 2017

Review: ‘Cabaret’ at Workhouse Arts Center
DC Metro Theater Arts – September 2017

‘Cabaret’ at Workhouse Stage
Connection Newspapers – August 2017

Artist brings color, light to old Lorton prison guard towers
Potomac Local – August 2017

Honoring Suffragists in Lorton
Connection Newspapers – July 2017

Workhouse Arts Center Hosts Independence Day Celebration
Connection Newspapers – July 2017

New Arts and Cultural District Created for Workhouse Arts Center, Occoquan District
Fairfax County Government News – July 2017

Guard towers transformed into kaleidoscopes at Workhouse Arts Center
InsideNOVA – May 2017

Art and Peace: Soldier’s mindful activity displayed at local arts center
Belvoir Eagle – January 2017

Workhouse Brewfest tips a glass to local craft beers
InsideNOVA – August 2016

Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton hosts first Brewfest
Connection Newspapers – August 2016

VIDEO: Inaugural Workhouse Brewfest
Fairfax Channel 16 – August 2016

Lorton: Something Big Coming to the Workhouse
Connection Newspapers – July 2016

Lorton: Workhouse Gleams under Rockets’ Red Glare
Connection Newspapers – July 2016

In the Moment: An Interview with Workhouse Arts Center’s Ava Spece
DC Metro Theater Arts – June 2016

‘In it together’: Explore Service member experiences through art
Belvoir Eagle – March 2016

Local playwright brings the story of Virginia suffragists to life
Northern Virginia Magazine – March 2016

In the Moment: Inner Voices Lecture with Roach Brown
DC Metro Theater Arts – November 2015

In the Moment: Ava Spece Named President and CEO of the Workhouse Arts Center
DC Metro Theater Arts – September 2015

Nature photography on exhibit at Workhouse Arts Center
Washington Post – August 2015

The Surprising Second Lives of Prisons
CNN – August 2015

Fresh and Delicious Date Night at Workhouse Arts Center
Connection Newspapers – May 2015

Workhouse Center Helps Vets with Artistic Expression
Connection Newspapers – April 2015

Ten Things To Do Before Closing a Prison
Washington City Paper, March 2001

Washington Post, January 1991
by Linda Wheeler, January 10, 1991 (includes interview of Irma Clifton)

About the Workhouse

Press Inquiries + Credentials

If you have general questions about the Workhouse Arts Center or about specific exhibits, performances or special events, please contact Ava Spece, CEO of Workhouse Arts Center, at


52-acre campus
26 buildings, 11 of which have been renovated
65 artist studios
12 galleries
~1,000 parking spaces

Awesome People
15 extraordinary staff members
65 studio artists, 21 associate artists
150 seasonal instructors
150 volunteers
100,000 annual visitors and students

Incredible Programming
Visual Arts: ~100 exhibitions throughout the campus per year
Performing Arts: 300 performances per year (theater, dance, music, comedy)
Arts Education: 800 educational opportunities (classes, workshops)
Museum & History Program: Lucy Burns Museum with original exhibitions and lecture series

Powerful Partnerships
Regional Universities: Art Lab space for MFA students
Creative Forces: National Endowment for the Arts, Department of Defense, Americans for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Lecture series held on campus
Fort Belvoir: Community sharing of arts facilities and programs
Charming Concepts: a beading studio specializing in jewelry handcrafted by aspiring artisans with intellectual and development disabilities.


Discover how our mission comes to life at our Second Saturday Art Walk.
The second Saturday of every month, from 6p-9p. Fine art galleries, artists, live music, wine + craft beer, and so much more!

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