The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center offers classes, camps and workshops for youth and adults throughout the year.

First Friday: Art Exhibition & Concert in the Courtyard

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4,

5 – 8pm

Join us on March 1st for the beginning of the Concert in the Courtyard Series sponsored by the Portsmouth Partnership, Towne Bank, and the Portsmouth Housing & Redevelopment Authority. The Series continues through October. Enjoy live music outside in the courtyard (inside the Art Annex if inclement weather) and light refreshments along with beautiful art in the galleries of the museum. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 6 pm.

Concert in the Courtyard Performers:

May 3: The Wampler Brothers
June 7: Less Cowbell
July 6: Court Street & Company
August 2: Lewis McGehee
September 6: Chan Hall Smooth Jazz
October 4: Brackish Water Jamboree

For more information on exhibits, please visit

For more information about the artists performing, please visit our calendar and click on a specific day.

Target audience: All ages.

Guided Gallery Tours

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, April 13, 1:30pm
Saturday, May 11, 1:30pm
Saturday, June 15, 1:30pm

Saturday, May 11, 1:30pm; Exhibit Topic:Our Living Past: A Platinum Portrait of Music Maker

Saturday, June 15, 1:30pm; Exhibit Topic:Horizons: As Above, So Below

Join Curator Gayle Paul for a guided gallery tour. Learn about the artists and the creation of the exhibit. These gallery tours are offered in conjunction with events sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association.

Target audience: All ages.


Senior Series Provided by Tidewater Arts Outreach

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Wednesday, April 17
Wednesday, May 15


Enjoy a mini-tour of the current exhibits, immediately followed by a hands-on creative art project or musical event led by professional local artists. These activities are designed for adults 55 and better but friends and caregivers of those who attend are invited as well. There is a nominal $3 admission cost. Please call 757-393-8543 or visit online at

Target audience: Seniors and adults.


First Saturday: Exhibits, Music, and Art Activity

Music and Art Activity

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, May 4

Art Activity with Horizons artist Lynne Frailing: 10am-1pm

Music Performance featuring the Who We Are Not Group: 11am-1pm

Every first Saturday of each month through October, the museum exhibits are free and open to the public with programming that highlights exhibits. Enjoy a live concert by local act The Who We Are Not Group, led by Joe Talley and Pamela Jo Sward. Who We Are Not writes and performs original music as well as well-known songs from the past, with a unique mix of folk, jazz, and popular styles. Also, Horizons artist Lynne Frailing will offer a uniquely fun make-n-take art activity at 10am. 

Target audience: All ages.


First Saturday: Exhibits, Music, and Art Presentation

Music and Art Presentation

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, June 8


Music Performance featuring M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio: 11am-1pm

Art Presentation by Tim Duffy: 1:30pm

Every first Saturday of each month through October, the museum exhibits are free and open to the public with programming that highlights exhibits. Local musicians M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio dish out Piedmont style blues for listeners starting at 11am. Photographer, ethnomusicologist, entrepreneur, and founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, Tim Duffy gives an illustrated presentation highlighting the exhibition and his organization at 1:30pm. His discussion touches on his research, his work as an “ethnomusicologist” and the musicians he has employed and befriended through his foundation.

Target audience: All ages.



Workshops and Gallery Talks may require advance registration and fees. Be sure to review each event for details. Contact us at 757-393-8543 for additional information.




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400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 · 757-393-8543
Mailing Address: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.

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