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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 12-Adult
(5 Weeks)  Feb. 8 - Mar. 14;     No class Feb. 15
Mon. 7:00 - 8:00 pm
As with any instrument, the human voice sings the sweetest notes with proper training. If your instrument could use some fine tuning, join this class to work on proper voice technique. All levels of experience are welcome. Class size is limited so register early!

Ages 9-14
(2 hours) Wed. 6:30-8:30pm      

Instructor: Stephanie McGee
Make beautiful valentines with coiled paper embellishments in this intro to the art form “quilling.”
Course fee includes tuition and $8 supply fee.

Ages 15 & up
(6 Weeks) Feb. 10- March. 16 
Wed. 6:30–8:30pm

Instructor: James Lawrence
This class will provide an intro to drawing the clothed human figure. Live models will pose for both quick sketches and more detailed studies. We will work from photos as well, exploring gesture drawing, and the movement of line, physical proportion, and the body’s balance in various action and dynamic poses.
Course Fee includes tuition and $20 supply fee.

Fred and Ginger side by side
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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