Programs - Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Programs Happening at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center


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FIRST FRIDAY'S Concert in the Courtyard

 Is sponsored by Freedom Boat Club and Supporters of Portsmouth Public Art. On First Fridays, the Portsmouth Museums offer free admission to the concerts and exhibits.

Date:  October 1st and 15th

Day:  Saturdays

Times: 12:30-2:30pm

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Target audience: All ages

SATURDAY PAINTING SESSIONS: Courtyard Canvas Creations


Adults with any art skill level can create a unique painted canvas in the museum courtyard to take home. These painting sessions are free, but participants will need to sign-up in advance. To register, contact Kendra Banks at or 757-393-8501 ext. 6511.

Date:  October 7th

Day:  Friday

Times: 5pm-8pm

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Target audience: All ages

First Friday's Concert: Saint Juliens Creek Revival


VEER Award nominee in the Bluegrass/Americana category. Formed in 2016 out of Norfolk, VA, the members of Saint Juliens Creek Revival were brought together through the local bluegrass music picking circles. Recognizing a mutual love of traditional music and three-part harmony, they soon branched off to explore their own sound, and Saint Juliens Creek Revival was born.

The varied backgrounds of its members provide a unique combination of musical styles that is both contemporary and steeped in tradition, with influences ranging from Appalachian ballads to European gypsy jazz to Rock & Roll, performed with an upbeat, bluegrass-style implementation.

Saturday Morning Music

Check back soon for upcoming morning music

Yoga at the Courtyard

Date: Every Saturday until November 20th,

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00

Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

Target audience: All Ages

Bring your mat and join us for Yoga in the Courtyard every Saturday through October from 9 to 10 am. Donations accepted. Sign up at Roaming Yoga VA.

Origami Ornaments

Date: Friday, November 26th, December 3rd & 10th, 2021

Time: 3:30 pm – 7:30pm

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Target audience: Ages 12+

Capture the essence of holiday icons using simple paper-folding methods to render Santa ornaments, wreaths, dreidels, and other seasonal imagery.  These techniques will be taught by Rich Gray –an expert in this traditional Japanese art form, which began as a form of greeting card.  Origami decorations can festoon the home and make great additions to packages and presents.

Painted Glass Ornaments

Date: Saturday, December 4th & 11th, 2021

Time: 3:30 pm – 7:30pm

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Target audience: Ages 12+

Painted Glass

To highlight the season’s first few weeks, Winter Wonderland ticket holders can partake in an activity where they paint on glass.  The glass ornaments offer a unique and eye-catching surface onto which participants can color their own designs using a special paints that adhere to the smooth glass surface.

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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