About the Hanover Arts & Activities Center

The Hanover Arts and Activities Center is located in Ashland, Virginia the home of Randolph Macon College, many major businesses throughout the State, and a short 20 minute drive north of historical Richmond, Virginia, the former confederate capitol of the south. Ashland came about because the President of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad, (RF&P), thought the area was a perfect location to build a summer home away from the pressures and strain of the big city and managing a railroad. By 1857 Ashland was incorporated as an independent town and in 1859 a congregation of like minded community members formed the First Baptist Church of Ashland, and built themselves a small one room church. For 104 years, the building served the community as a church with the exception during the Civil War when it was used as a temporary hospital. Then in 1969, it was converted into a public non-profit community arts, education, and activities center continuing to serve the same community even into the next century.

The Center not only sponsors popular events such as The Fourth of July Parade, the biennnial Ashland Musical Variety Show, Hanover Idols, the Children’s Musical Theater Programs and the Bluemont Summer Concert Series, we offer studio and meeting space for artists, musicians and community groups. In addition, we are in the process of adding an exciting calendar of upcoming classes and seminars such as paper marbling, This I Believe workshops, Gardening in Small Spaces, and much more. Steeped in history, the Center is a wonderful space to rent for any occasion. Its neoclassical architecture provides a large, open ballroom, soaring windows and ceilings, and an elegant exterior and lawn that provides a perfect backdrop for memorable events.

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The Center’s Mission

Vision:

We envision a vibrant, inclusive community celebrating cultural enrichment.

Mission:

To be a vital center of enrichment for all, through cultural, educational and community events. 

Shared Values:

Community Focus, Inclusiveness, Creativity, Inspiration, Accountability, Responsiveness, Flexibility, Supportiveness and Preservation. 

The Center has engaged in Strategic Planning and is working on mapping out a five-year strategy to transform the services we offer.  We will be introducing the Plan to our members and the public later this year, so please stay tuned — your input will guarantee a vibrant Center we can all enjoy and of which we can be proud.

Board Members

President- Sara Wright-Holloway

1st Vice President – Paul Burch

2nd Vice President – Paige Christy

Secretary – Colette Kelly Zemp

Treasurer - Chris Dull