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Art Centers: Art & Music Classes, Performances and Events

The Washington, DC area has many art centers, places to take a wide selection of art, music and drama classes. See performances and attend special events at these art venues in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Arlington Arts Center
This art center in Arlington, Virginia provides exhibitions, educational programs, and subsidized studio spaces.

The Art League
This is the art school located at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. A wide variety of art classes are available for children and adults.

Artisphere – Arlington Virginia’s Cultural Center
Artisphere, Arlington, Virginia's newest cultural center featuring four performance venues, plus a Wi-Fi café, three visual art galleries, and a 4,000 square foot Ballroom that will bring regional, national and international cultural offerings to the region. Learn more about Artisphere

BlackRock Center for the Arts
This arts center located in Germantown, Maryland offers a wide range of art classes, performances, and exhibits for all ages.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
The Arts Workshop houses a gallery, private music rooms, a ceramics studio, art studio, dance studio, and a photography studio with a darkroom and digital classroom. Classes are available for all ages, with special programs for early childhood, youth ages 5-12 and adults interested in art, music, and fitness.

The Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County
The Center for the Arts offers classes in the arts, summer camps, theatrical productions, and community outreach programs.

District of Columbia Arts Center
This is a nonprofit organization located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. A 750 square foot gallery and a 50 seat black box theater, provide a professional venue for visual and theater artists.

Gaithersburg Arts Barn
An art center in Gaithersburg, Maryland where you can to observe artists at work in their studios, participate in art, music and drama classes and enjoy musical and theatrical performances.

Glen Echo Park - A National Park for the Arts near Washington, DC
Explore Glen Echo Park, a national park near Washington, DC with year-round dance, theater, and arts programs for adults and children. Learn about Glen Echo Park which is located in Glen Echo, Maryland.

Harmony Hall Regional Center
A converted elementary school in Ft. Washington, Maryland serves as a community center, with recreation classes and events in the visual arts, theater and dance.

Imagination Stage – Children’s Theater in Bethesda, Maryland
Imagination Stage, Bethesda, Maryland's children’s theater company offering year-round productions and classes in drama, acting, dance musical theatre, and filmmaking.

Latin American Youth Center's Art & Media House
The center provides programming for youth ages 11-18. The Art & Media House offers hands on training in digital media, radio, photography, beat-making, music/poetry, graphic design and art, drawing, painting, graffiti, sculpture, stenciling and murals. The facility includes an art studio, digital media lab, recording studio and a gallery for exhibitions.

Montpelier Arts Center
This arts destination is located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, Maryland. The center provides visual, literary, and performing arts programs and classes.

Music Center at Strathmore
Expand your music appreciation by attending a concert at the Music Center at Strathmore, a new state-of-the-art concert hall in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts Classes
The Studio Arts Department of the Resident Associate Program offers 200 hands-on art classes each year including Drawing, Painting, Fiber Arts, Photography, Digital Media, Ceramics, Beading, Calligraphy, and more. Classes are designed for ages 16 and up.

Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
The Torpedo Factory Art Center, one of the largest visual arts centers in the U.S., 84 working art studios, 5 galleries, 2 workshops, the Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
The national park offers outdoor concerts in the summer and indoor performances the rest of the year. Visit the park all year long in Vienna, Virginia, just 20 minutes from Washington, DC.

Workhouse Arts Center
Located in Lorton, Virginia, the program of the Lorton Arts Foundation, provides a home for more than 150 professional and emerging artists as well as cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues, dedicated gallery space, and event facilities.

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