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Celebrating the Art of the Automobile


The Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc. is thrilled to announce that AUTOWORKS Festival, Celebrating the Art of the Automobile, will take place, in the Workhouse Arts Center North Parking Lot on June 3, 2023.

According to Leon Scioscia, President and CEO (Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc.): “The Workhouse is inviting car enthusiasts from the greater District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area to come to the historic Workhouse campus and proudly show off their classic automobiles. The per car registration donation will benefit the non-profit Workhouse Arts Center’s many vital arts programs.”

While the exact schedule, and events, are still being developed, it is anticipated that schedule will shape up as indicated below:

·      9:00 am – 10:00 am – Car Arrivals

·      10:00am – 10:15am – Opening Ceremony

·      10:15am – 1:15pm – Car Judging

·      1:30pm – 2:00pm – Awards Ceremony

·      2:30:pm – 3:00pm – Cars Depart

For most up to date information about this annual event, including how to register, food/drink options, car classification categories, and sponsorship packages, please visit https://www.workhousearts.org/calendar/auto-works-festival







9518 Workhouse Way

North Parking Lot

Lorton, VA 22079




June 3, 2023, from 9am to 3pm.

Registration Donation: $30.00


About Workhouse Arts Center -- The Workhouse Arts Center (Workhouse) is housed in the former Workhouse prison facility of the DC Correctional Complex in Lorton, VA that opened in 1910. After closure in 2001, its founders, in cooperation with Fairfax County leadership, transformed the site into a community arts center where people could learn about and participate in art making; be inspired by the region’s and nation's best artists; experience visual and performing arts talent; and come together for festivals and community building.


Opened in 2008, the Workhouse now houses over 80 resident and associate artists; presents 100 annual art exhibitions and 300 annual performances; and supports dozens of classrooms for teaching 800 classes, engaging over 100,000 people annually. The Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the Commonwealth of Virginia, operates the Workhouse Arts Center.


The Workhouse fosters innovative collaborations in the visual and performing arts through education, community engagement and personal enrichment for students of all ages and walks of life. The goal of these collaborations is to encourage art making; provide therapeutic art experiences; support physical health through Art of Movement activities; present opportunities for other forms of self-expression; and to provide the public with access to high quality performing arts experiences and events. The Workhouse also provides the public with access to the rich history of this nationally important site through the Lucy Burns Museum.


Since its inception, the Workhouse has dramatically expanded its arts education curriculum and community events calendar, deepened its relationships with the Armed Services through military arts programming, and expanded its in-house performing arts offerings with live concerts, musical theatre, and dance. 


To stay up-to-date on the latest Workhouse news and events, follow the Workhouse on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or sign-up for our E-newsletter.

Venue Information

Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079

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Workhouse Arts Center

9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079
+1 (703) 584-2900

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