Workhouse Arts Foundation (aka Workhouse Arts Center)

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Founded 2002
Lorton, United States


The Workhouse Arts Center is an adaptive reuse project with transformed the former Lorton Prison into an arts center. There are nearly 100 artists who work and exhibit on campus in 6 of the 11 renovated 100-year old buildings. There are 100 art exhibits each year, and 300 performances, 800 arts education classes and workshops, and more than 100,000 visitors annually. In addition to the arts, the organization is also responsible for maintaining a history museum which shares the story of 91 years of prison history in addition to the imprisonment of the suffragists who were imprisoned at the Workhouse for picketing the White House for women's right to vote in 1917. The prison was built in 1910 and closed in 2001. The Arts Center opened in 2008.

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Lorton, VA - Northern Virginia; Washington DC region

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