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. 

The Cabin Film Series welcomes guests to the Longwood Cabin for screenings of Cult Classic films. Prior to the the viewing, guest lecturers provide insight on themes and references within the film as attendees enjoy camp-fire themed refreshments. These programs take place several times a year and have featured films such as The Conjuring, Cabin in the Woods and Evil Dead 2. 

The Longwood Cabin is located at 1401 Johnston Drive, Farmville, VA 23901. Traveling from town by East Third Street, turn right at the intersection by Sunchase Cinema 8 onto Longwood Avenue, then turn left onto...

2019 Awardees


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:


Martha Dorrill, LeDora Ann Trent, Erin Parker, Henry Fulcher, Rochette's Florist LLC, and Illyria Theatre Company (pictured)


Summer Garden...

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 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.

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!

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 Gallery are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1-5p.m. on Sunday. 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.

LCVA’s Summer Art Studio

Join us every Monday-Friday from June 5th-August 4th 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.

The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts(LCVA) invites you to join us this summer to explore and create beautiful works of art inspired by some of your favorite children’s literature, both...

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. Select nights will feature live music.

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