Art After Dark ©Longwood Center for the Visual Arts

Art after Dark replaces the formal “lecture” format normally associated with museums with interdisciplinary activities, such as a creative talk coupled with a volunteer-led hands-on activity, film screening, spoken word poetry slam, or musical performance. The evening gatherings have a relaxed atmosphere that encourages engaging conversation. All activities are completely free of charge.

Through the Art after Dark Creative Gatherings series, LCVA provides a welcoming forum to interact creatively with others in the community within a social setting. “With Art after... more

Community Achievements in the Arts Awards

Every year, the LCVA honors individuals, businesses, and organizations that advance the arts in Central Virginia.

Since its inception, over forty individuals, businesses, and organizations in Southside Virginia have received the LCVA’s Community Achievement in the Arts Awards


Former honorees include:

Roy Clark, the Farmville Herald, and Crossroads Community Services Board;

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Come Draw in the LCVA’s Gallery

For centuries aspiring artists learned to make art by copying the masters in museums. Observing great works of art and trying to replicate a master artist’s line, form, and texture can be an excellent way to hone one’s own skills. Even today visitors to the National Gallery in Washington can observe Corcoran College of Art and Design students drawing and painting copies of Whistler, Sargent, Cassatt, and many other renowned artists. However, budding artists in South Central Virginia don’t have to travel all the way to Washington.
The LCVA now... more

Family Guides: Everybody Wins!

Parents, have you ever been in a museum and heard your child ask, “Mommy, what is that thing? I don’t get it.” And frankly, you don’t know what to say? Well, fear no more. You will no longer have to grab you child’s hand with a “Let’s go look at this nice flower painting” to cover up your own perplexity. The LCVA has great new family guides that take you and your children through the permanent collection. A series of questions and activities help to answer perplexing questions about art while providing a truly interactive, enriching learning experience... more

Family Workshops

Family workshops are designed to bring the family together in an enriching and creative environment to celebrate the seasons of the year.

Thanks to generous sponsorships, the LCVA's workshops are free and open to the public, with a variety of activities, music, and light refreshments.

Attendants will be on hand to assist with activities. However, children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required -- come join us!

Focus Gallery ©Longwood Center for the Visual Arts

The Focus Gallery was established in 2000 as a way to bring exhibitions alive for children of all ages. Free of charge and open to everyone, the hours for the Focus Galery are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To learn about the current and upcoming offerings of the Focus Gallery, please visit our Current Exhibitions page.

Summer Art Studio ©Longwood Center for the Visual Arts

LCVA’s 2015 Summer Art Studio: Literally Art!

Join us every Monday-Friday from June 8th-August 7th from 11am-2pm to explore and create beautiful art inspired by famous children’s literature!

From toddlers to elementary-aged children, there is something for everyone! Just drop in- there is no registration required and this program is offered free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


LCVA’s galleries open late. Unwind with friends and neighbors at a café table while enjoying complimentary appetizers and camaraderie. A cash bar is available for those who wish to enjoy a glass of wine or beer selected by a guest curator from our community. Select nights will feature live music.