Hello Workhouse Friends!

This February, the Workhouse Arts Center is honoring Black History Month by highlighting the stories and legacies of African American icons who share a history with our campus. Throughout the coming weeks, we will share articles and videos featuring musicians, artists, and the Black suffragists who fought for both racial and gender equality. We look forward to learning about, honoring, and celebrating Black History this February.

To kick off the month, we are highlighting one of the most iconic musical figures in the D.C. area - Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go. Chuck Brown spent eight years at the Lorton Reformatory during the 1950s. It was during this time that that his love for music was born. According to our docents, Brown traded two cartons of cigarettes for his first guitar - and the rest is history. Before his death in 2012, Chuck Brown returned to the Workhouse one last time to perform for a packed house.

For more on Chuck Brown's Biography, click here. To learn more about Go-go Music, check out www.thebeatisgogo.com/about-go-go

Finally, enjoy this Tiny Desk Concert from 2010, featuring some of Chuck Brown's best known songs.

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Mardi Gras at the Workhouse
Let the good times roll - Mardi Gras at the Workhouse has begun! Join us now through February 13 for two weeks of family-friendly in-person and virtual events that will engage, teach, inspire, and make you laugh! Together, we can make this winter better with the arts! Get your tickets here!

Events include:
  • FREE Online workshops on festive mask making (on Facebook)
  • FREE Online Mixology sessions (on Facebook!)
  • FREE Online demonstrations on how to make floats or yard decorations (on Facebook)
  • FREE In-person glass bead demonstrations (safety protocols in place)
  • Featured Artist Exhibits (For more information, click here!)
  • In-person cooking classes (Register here!)
  • Parade on the Workhouse Campus (Get tickets here!)
  • Drive In Comedy Shows with Rahmein & Friends (Get tickets here!)

For more information on events, visit www.workhousearts.org/event/mardi-gras-2021/
New Exhibit: The Places We Forgot
On View: January 29 – February 28, 2021
Virtual Reception: Friday, February 12

Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present: The Places We Forgot, featuring photographs artist Brendan L. Smith has taken of abandoned places across the country he then transforms with layers of melted beeswax, resin, and other materials. The series explores the malleability of memory, that tension between the comforting fog of nostalgia and a sense of melancholy for roads untaken. The dreamlike images possess a strange and forlorn beauty revealed amidst the broken glass, rotting wood, and rusted metal. Our physical spaces often are demolished or gentrified in the name of “progress,” but these abandoned places speak to our collective history and the resounding echoes of our past.


The Places We Forgot Solo Exhibition Reception

Friday, February 12th at 7pm over Facebook Live

Featuring an interview with Brendan Smith with a live walkthrough of The Places We Forgot and musical guest Carrie McKnight
February 2021 Featured Artists
“The Cool Dudes” by Katharine Owens and "Autumn Dogwood" by Gwendolyn Bragg
We have three featured artist group shows this month!


Let the good times roll in Building W-7 with a festive Mardi Gras group show! Enjoy a variety of glass works created by resident and emerging Glasshouse artists. Celebrate a colorful collection of art including flameworked, fused, stained, cast and mosaic glass. Discover an assortment of functional, sculptural and wearable art.


To add further excitement to Workhouse activities, several artists will display Mardi Gras themed art during February in the Arches Gallery. Please visit the galleries in Building 9 to view works by Marc Pachon, Katherine Owens and others. Expect to be enchanted by photos, collage, and mixed media works.


The artists of Building W-6 present artwork inspired by the color red.

Workhouse Galleries are open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5pm.
Chat and Sip Returns!
Workhouse Chat and Sip is back! Join us every other Thursday for a special interview with past Workhouse performers and designers!

Our schedule starting February 11th is as follows:
  • February 11th- Chris Rios, Actor
  • February 25th- Rob Cork, Stage Manager
  • March 11th- Christopher Willet, Bass


Grab a drink, ask a question, and enjoy an inside look at the performing arts!
Winter After School Camps
New year, new camps, new us! Our second session of Winter Camp began this week!

Since Summer 2020, we have been holding safe, in-person camps for a limited number of students, creating a unique space for children to be both creative and social. Whether your child is interested in visual arts, film, or theatre, there's a camp for them at the Workhouse.

Now's the perfect time to sign up for our Winter Camp! But don't wait - space is LIMITED. Sign up today at https://reservations.workhousearts.org/Info.aspx?EventID=5

Camps are offered for the following grade groups: 1st to 3rd, 4th to 6th, and 7th to 8th. Visual Art Camp and Film Camp are not available for the 7th to 8th grade group. Only 9 students are permitted per grade group.

Camps will be held during the following sessions:
  • Session C: February 15th to February 26th
  • Session D: March 1st to March 12th
Call for Artists!
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