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Events & Programs

Founded in 1984 by a group of artists and art lovers, the Center for the Arts aims to enrich the quality of life in the Northern Virginia suburbs through performances, gallery exhibits and arts education. A theater, an art gallery, classrooms and administrative offices are located in the Center’s  home in the historic Candy Factory in Old Town Manassas.

Shrek Swampfest CharactersPied Piper Theater

The Center for the Arts’ nationally recognized Pied Piper Theatre (PPT) welcomes young people ages 8 through 18 to explore the world of theatre both on the stage and behind the curtain.

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Rooftop Productions

Rooftop Productions, the Center for the Arts’ theatre company, now entering its 10th year, brings a refreshing variety of classic drama, comedy, and musical entertainment to the community.

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Upcoming Events & Programs


Ages 5-10
August 1-5
Mon.-Fri. 10am-1pm

Instructor:  Abby Squyres
Caution! This class contains bugs, and lots of them! We will take a close-up look at some real pinned insects, discover how they work and learn how to draw them with detailed accuracy.  Get your own field journal, visit a real butterfly garden, and learn to use watercolor paint and colored pencils to depict your favorite creepy crawlers.  Become an insect artist!

Camp Fee includes $30.00 supply fee.


Ages 5-7
(2 weeks) Aug. 1-12, 2016
Mon.-Fri. 10am-12:30pm

For a recipe of fun add a dash of fantasy, a pinch of adventure, and sprinkle liberally with fairy dust for this magical journey into musical theatre for ages 5-7.  Storybook Theatre introduces the young actor to basic performing skills through movement, music, and imagination.  Children have fun acting out a simple play based on a childhood tale or short story.  Family and friends are invited to a performance on the last day of this two week adventure.


Ages 13-22
Aug. 1-19, 2016
Mon.-Wed.-Fri. 6-8:30pm

Act up with the best known playwright in history as love, comedy, tragedy, and vengeance take the stage in this three-week workshop.  Even reality TV, sci-fi, and the history channel can’t match the drama of Will Shakespeare’s classic adventures.  Bring your imagination as you step back in time and meet the many fascinating characters he created as you move from the printed page to the stage.  Mark your calendars for the final performance for family and friends which will be in the Kellar Theater on Friday, August 19 at 7:30pm.

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Dance Programs

Join us for the fabulous dance sessions one Sunday of each month from 4-6pm at the Center for the Arts. Beginners and advanced dancers are all welcome.

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Arts on the Go

The Arts on the Go project consists of three self-contained interactive exhibits, each with a distinct theme.  Two modules (Habitats and Energy Matters) have been designed for use in elementary schools, and a third module (PowerUP!) has been created for middle school students.

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