The Smith House, 311 South Main Street, Downtown Harrisonburg

The Smith House, 311 South Main Street, Downtown Harrisonburg


Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to a thriving arts community that represents a variety of different backgrounds. This region of the Shenandoah Valley is a hub for individual artists' studios, galleries, theater events, museum exhibitions quilting sessions, and cooperative arts spaces that encourage the creativity that is alive in all of us. 

We invite you to explore Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia—the heart of the arts—where the arts live in the heartbeat of our citizens. 

Follow the link below to explore!

The Arts Council of the Valley was founded in 2000 by a group of local citizens who had a dream of bolstering the arts within the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities. The founding group of members conducted their initial meetings on the stage at the Court Square Theater. The members managed the theater as its performing arts branch and created innovative partnerships amongst area businesses, civic organizations, schools, and certainly, artists.

Today the Arts Council has grown into a multi-faceted community resource that offers Advancing the Arts grants to artists and art educators, coordinates Harrisonburg’s First Fridays Downtown events, runs a creative Theater space for performing arts and film, and houses monthly exhibitions in its Smith House Galleries. As a community resource, the Arts Council Staff and Board welcome your feedback and your ideas for partnership. Please call or email with ways that we can better support you and the arts in our community.

The Arts Council of the Valley is a consistent voice of our arts community.
— Angela Carter, poet

Thank you to our 2019 Lead Music Series Sponsor!

Thank you to our First Fridays Downtown 2019 Lead Sponsor!

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ACV has played a pivotal role in advancing opportunities for artists to show, work and connect with the community.
— Lynda Bostrom, studio artist + graphic designer