The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center offers classes, camps and workshops for youth and adults throughout the year.
Opening Reception: Through Darkness to Light
& Concert in the Courtyard: Don Comer and Patti Triplett
Friday, July 6
5 – 8pm
Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad presents an illustrative journey documenting locations and the routes taken by fugitives from slavery on their search for freedom. Enjoy light refreshments and live music with Don Comer and Patti Triplett. First Friday Concerts are sponsored by the Portsmouth Partnership, TowneBank, and the Portsmouth Economic and Housing Redevelopment Authorities. For information call 757 393-8543.
Free Admission & Illustrated Presentation by Cassandra Newby-Alexander
Saturday, July 7, open 10am – 5pm (presentation at 1:30pm)
Admission is free for the first Saturday of the month, with the new exhibit Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad. In conjunction with this exhibit, an illustrated presentation by award-winning Historian Cassandra Newby-Alexander will be given at 1:30. Mrs. Newby-Alexander co-authored the book Black America Series: Portsmouth and her latest Remembering School Desegregation in Hampton Roads, Virginia in 2009, and co-edited the book Voices from within the Veil: African Americans and the Experience of Democracy in 2008. She is currently Professor of History for Norfolk State University. For information call 757 393-8543.
Concert in the Courtyard Featuring Lewis McGehee
Friday, August 3
5 – 8pm
The museum will be open free for this event with live music by one of the area’s top performers, Lewis McGehee. McGehee launched his musical career playing guitar and singing with the likes of Ry Cooder, John Prine, The Talking Heads, and Bruce Hornsby. This event is sponsored by the Portsmouth Partnership, TowneBank, and the Portsmouth Economic and Housing Redevelopment Authorities. For information call 757 393-8543 or go online.
Slave Train: One Victim’s Work to Eradicate Human Trafficking
Free Admission to Exhibits and an Illustrated Presentation by Tanya Street
Saturday, August 4, open 10am – 5pm (presentation at 1:30pm)
Admission is free for the first Saturday of the month to museum exhibits, including Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad. Focusing on the topic of slavery, local activist Tanya Street will speak at 1:30 about another kind of
underground railroad –one that needs to be reversed. Human trafficking is a real and present crisis in today’s world. Tanya Street will present on how she came from being a victim of this crime, to her work as an abolitionist. For information call 757 393-8543.
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.
Yoga in the Courtyard
Saturdays from April through June
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Write Where You Are
Creative Writing Workshop
Instructor: Lisa Hartz
Friday July 6, 13, 20, 27, 24, August 3 & 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Having taught writing for over ten years, Lisa Hartz is considered one of the best in her field. In this workshop, participants will be guided by innovative techniques and encouraged to share their work in a supportive and inspiring environment. Ms. Hartz holds an MA in English Writing from Hollins University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. She is former Director of The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA, and current Director of the Seven Cities Writers Project. Cost is $150/Nonmembers, $140/ Members. Call 757-393-8543 to register. The deadline is Friday, June 29, 4:00 p.m.PURCHASE TICKETS
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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.