Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

EVENTS

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center events and activities include First Weekend activities. First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public.

First Saturday activities typically feature guest artists and live craft demonstrations.

For more events and activities happening in Portsmouth, please visit PortsVaEvents.com

friday
AUG 7

5:00 - 8:00 pm

FIRST FRIDAY
Concert In The Courtyard: Live Music by Robbin Thompson

First Friday - Free Admission

The tradition continues as Robbin Thompson returns to move the Olde Towne district with his original music. A Virginia-based singer-songwriter, Thompson has played in bands with Bruce Springsteen, co-written songs with Timothy B. Schmidt of The Eagles, and has also written numerous musical scores for commercials and films. This free performance also comes with free admission to museum exhibits and light refreshments.

The Concert in the Courtyard series is headed by PortsEvents, and sponsored by The Portsmouth Partnership, PortsEvents, TowneBank, Portsmouth Economic Development, and the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority.

 

saturday
AUG 15

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

BuilderFest

Special Admission: $12 includes admission to the Children's Museum of Virginia

Visitors will be invited to explore three activities related to building and architecture.

Stephen Marder of Orzo Studio will demonstrate hand-building techniques in clay out in the courtyard, coinciding with the exhibit of Virginia ceramic artists in the Museum. Those unfamiliar with ceramics can play with the clay to get a feel for this malleable material.

Philip Weber will be in the galleries to offer a building-block activity using large Styrofoam shapes. Philip is the featured artist on the first floor exhibit, where visitors can see his drawings created while he attended the Frank LloydWright School of Architecture.

James Negri, an architectural planner for Hanbury & Evans, will bring computer programs to show how he uses technology to design structures and sculptures.

At the Children’s Museum of Virginia, you’ll be greeted outside by The Virginia Institute of MarineScience (VIMS) and The Tidewater Blacksmith’s Guild.

Visitors to VIMS booth will learn how marine animals deal with buoyancy - the ability to float- as they build their own “Cartesian Diver.”Participants will also get an up-close look at preserved shark jaws, a sea turtle shell, fishes, and invertebrates, while learning about current research.

The Guild will be utilizing late 1800s coal forges to modern day gas forges to create items of interest to the general public. New purchased steel as well as old items such as horseshoes and railroad spikes are used, which are transformed into decorative and functional pieces such as wall hooks, bottle openers, knives, fire pokers, plant hooks, steak turners,and dinner bells.

Inside the museum visitors can take part in a Lowes’ Children’s Workshop, explore“Little Bits” technology with the Portsmouth Public Schools, discover aspects of shipbuilding with the Hampton Roads Ship Model Society, and participate in the Museum’s own S.T.E.M. Studio.

 

friday
SEPT 4

5:00 - 8:00 pm

FIRST FRIDAY 
Concert In The Courtyard: H.M. Johnson Band

FIRST FRIDAY
Concert In The Courtyard: H.M. Johnson Band

First Friday - Free Admission

A live concert of swing and blues music by the H.M. Johnson Band. The band has been performing together for over nineteen years. They include Henry Johnson, Carlton Lillard and “Ju-Ju,” who together serve up a savory mix of diverse musical styles sure to please the most discriminating palate.

The Concert in the Courtyard series is headed by PortsEvents, and sponsored by The Portsmouth Partnership, PortsEvents, TowneBank, Portsmouth Economic Development, and the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority.

 



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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.