Art courtesy of Workhouse artist Martin Cervantez. http://www.martincervantez.com/

If you are interested in learning more about supporting the Workhouse Arts Center through our various sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Workhouse at (703) 584-2900 and ask for the Development Office.

The Workhouse Arts Center serves more than 150,000 students, artists, and visitors each year. Through your support we offer affordable classes in a wide variety of areas; present more than 300 performances and exhibitions, dozens of lectures and seminars; and serve as a home to nearly 60 regional studio artists and an additional 30 associate artists who exhibit their work in our galleries. We collaborate with a large number of community groups, including our ongoing partnerships with George Mason University and Fort Belvoir.

Fifteen years ago, following the closing of the District of Columbia Prison at Lorton, a group of visionary individuals embraced the idea to transform the Prison into a community arts center – a place where people could learn a new craft, be inspired by the nation’s best artists, support local talent, and come together for festivals and celebrations. Today that vision is a reality, and the future of the Workhouse Arts Foundation is full of possibilities. You are an important part of our future, and we look forward to starting the next chapter of our story – together.

We hope you join us to celebrate all that the Workhouse does to make Lorton a vibrant place to live and exciting place to visit.

Your support ensures that the Workhouse, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, can continue to offer a wide variety of performing arts; visual arts; arts education; and museum and history programs for people of all ages throughout the local and regional area. Sponsorships range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Your annual contribution makes it possible for the Workhouse to:

  • provide affordable studio and gallery space to nearly 100 local artists;
  • host multi-week residencies with the nation’s most talented visual artists;
  • present nearly 300 high-quality performances, lectures, and exhibitions;
  • offer arts classes for people of all ages and abilities that serve tens of thousands annually, both on our campus and in local K-12 classrooms;
  • preserve the history of our unique facility; and,
  • unite the community through popular cultural events throughout the year.

Banner art courtesy of Workhouse instructor Martin Cervantez


Workhouse Fireworks brings nearly 10,000 Northern Virginia residents to the Workhouse campus to enjoy an expertly-choreographed display of pyrotechnic light and thunder. The region’s largest pre-Independence Day fireworks show celebrates the history of this amazing nation and honors the more than 238 years of courage, perseverance, and sacrifice that have made America a beacon of hope and freedom around the world.

Haunted Trail

The Workhouse Haunted Trail – Virginia’s scariest haunted attraction as judged by FrightFind.com – scares the stuffing out of 7,500 to 10,000+ thrill-seekers each Halloween season. Our frightmasters specialize in bringing dark fears and nightmares to life, leading guests on a terrifying journey through mazes, dark alleys, and abandoned buildings across 100-year-old former prison.


Each year Workhouse Brewfest brings between 2,500 and 5,000 beer lovers – from the uber-knowledgeable beer geek to the casual drinker and those new to the world of craft beer – to campus from across the mid-Atlantic region to celebrate creativity, art, and Virginia craft beer and spirits. Last year’s event featured nearly 50 breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries, 16 bands performing on three stages, and dozens of gourmet food vendors.


Our signature black-tie event is held annually and brings together our most dedicated supporters for a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and dancing. The evening is rich with visual and performing arts and features the presentation of our Exceptional Artist Award.


Volunteer at the Workhouse Arts Center
Contact our volunteer coordinator at 703-584-2900 or click the Contact Us button. We're happy to provide more information, answer any questions, or send you a volunteer application.

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