The Workhouse is open under Virginia Forward Phase II beginning Friday, June 12, 2020. 

Hours of operation are:

Friday – Sunday  12:00pm-5:00pm*

Select Artist Galleries by Appointment Only

Lucy Burns Museum (W-2)
Saturday 12:00 – 5:00pm*

*Subject to change

ALL Visitors MUST wear a face covering to enter and MUST maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

All visitors are expected to follow the Workhouse General Campus-Wide Visitor and Event Participant Policies posted to the right.

Restrooms available in Building 16 on the 1st Floor

To make an appointment please call the front desk at 703-584-2900 or email

Please see below for details, guidelines and our Preparedness and Response Program. Please see the links to the right for our policies.


On behalf of the Artists, Board of Directors and Staff here at the Workhouse, we want to take a moment to say thank you for your continued support, engagement with and dedication to the Workhouse and to the arts in our community. The arts industry is an economic machine in our surrounding community and brings our metro-area communities together to help one another and problem solve the challenges we are currently facing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Please know that staff are working very hard to find creative ways to continue our arts mission and allow us to provide an enriching, life-long learning and enjoyable experience and diversion from what is truly a remarkable period in all of our lives.

In response to Covid-19, the Workhouse has already implemented online classes in AOM, Dance, Music, Performing and Visual Arts, with our instructors delivering educational content through the means of live and pre-recorded digital platforms.  As we get closer to the expiration of the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order and following CDC and Fairfax County guidance, we are preparing to re-start our brick and mortar classes for the Summer quarter with an eye towards the safety of all of our visitors, instructors, artists and staff. During crises of this nature, we are all charged with taking care of and providing for each other, and at the Workhouse that will continue — together — as we navigate this current crisis.

Workhouse Covid-19 Policies

As the Governor and Fairfax County (NOVA Region) Virginia authorities continue to share their plans for re-opening Virginia, we will be implementing the policies and procedures found in the links to the right. Please keep in mind that this is an ever-evolving situation as we all learn more about this virus. Thus, it is imperative that our students, visitors, artists, staff and supporters understand that these policies will change as necessary in order to maintain a safe creative environment. Overall, the Workhouse will be limiting class sizes and any indoor activity using the “10 Rule,” decreasing our class sizes anywhere from 25-50% (no more than 10 per class) of normal capacity. Strict enforcement of social-distancing requirements of 6 feet, requiring the wearing of masks/face coverings, and implementing policies for regular hand washing and hygiene. Please see the policy links to the right that we are planning to initiate with our initial re-opening on June 12, 2020.

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Program at the Workhouse Arts Center

We are all dealing with a global crisis of enormous scale and impact. Our thoughts and hearts are with all who have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Workhouse is taking safety seriously. Our community of class participants, visitors, history buffs, artists, and employees are especially important to us. We want you to know what we are doing to proactively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to limit its spread. Here is the summary of the Workhouse COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program in accordance with the CDC guidelines.

What We Are Doing:

• Our daily and weekly professional cleaning procedures are thorough; extra time will be taken to clean and disinfect galleries, facilities, and bathrooms. Cleaners and disinfectants used meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2.

• Thorough cleaning and sanitizing are provided for classroom materials and equipment before and after each use, open galleries and gathering spaces.

• Training is provided for managers, employees, instructors, camp counselors, and volunteers on our protocol to ensure consistent safety practices.

• Employees are required to use Personal Protective Equipment (masks and/or gloves as appropriate) when interacting in person with other employees, customers, and others.

• Hand sanitizers are available.

• Employees are directed to stay at home if they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. Return to work will be in accordance with specific guidelines.

• All those on campus are practicing safe distancing by limiting the number of people and being at least 6 feet apart.

• When appropriate employees, customers, and visitors will participate in a COVID health screening.

What We Ask of You:

• If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home!

• Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizers.

• Wear appropriate PPE when visiting the Workhouse and practice safe distancing. Mask use is required during Phase I and Phase II.

• Those participating in classes, camps, or attending small events, may be required to participate in a COVID-19 health screening, which may include a temperature scan. If you do not wish to participate in this screening, please let us know in advance.

We are in it together and will weather this storm together, emerging stronger for it. Please stay safe and healthy.

Please stay tuned for any additional updates!


We are following guidelines and updates from Fairfax County. Read them here.


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As a non-profit organization, we flourish not only from donations but also from the proceeds of our shows, events and classes. Please consider donating your class registration or a ticket purchase so we can keep the arts alive and support the artists, performers and day to day operations!

You can also make a donation so that we can continue to do our best to bring arts to you until we open our doors again.

Help us keep the arts alive in our community, region and country!


While we are closed to the public we have set up virtual exhibits, Art of Movement practices you can do at home and are working on more.









Art of Movement






Performing Arts

Lucy Burns Museum

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