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Arts and Education

Engage your mind and soul.

Our arts and education programs are designed to engage the mind and soul through innovative events, activities and presentations—both on and off the VMRC campus. We’re committed to providing a variety of educational opportunities for residents to stimulate learning. Through a diversified approach, we’re able to address the needs and interests of all residents. This encourages residents to learn and grow as an individual and as part of a larger community. Here are examples of our Arts and Education offerings:

  • Juried Art Exhibitions

    Preview the images selected for the 2018 Juried Art Exhibition. We congratulate all 89 artists from 20 states whose works were chosen by jurors to display in the 15th annual national, multimedia show. 

    The show is an amazing variety of original, one-of-a-kind works of art by national artists demonstrating mastery of design, technique, and creativity utilizing a range of media. Thousands of people visit our campus to view the show, purchase art and vote for their favorites. 

    For more information, email

  • The Shenandoah Valley Lyceum Event Series

    The Shenandoah Valley Lyceum is funded in part by the VMRC Shenandoah Valley Lyceum Endowment to enhance the cultural and intellectual life of residents living at VMRC and people of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. 

    We will announce the 2018-19 season this summer! Check back when we reveal our programs for Fall 2018 through Spring 2019. 

    All events are held at 7 p.m. in Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, Va.

    Ticket Information 

    Single Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at the door
    Season Tickets: $25 for all four events in single season
    Lifetime Pass: $100

    Payments can be made with cash, check or credit card by calling the VMRC Wellness Center, 540-574-3850, or in person at the VMRC Wellness Center, 1481 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg.

    To make a gift in support of these events, please make checks payable to the VMRC Foundation. Gifts to the Endowment will increase VMRC’s capacity to pay honorariums, travel costs and other direct program expenses.

  • Park Gables Gallery

    We are getting ready for the 15th annual Juried Art Exhibition which will be offered May 27-June 29 in the Park Gables Gallery. 

    Join us 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 1 for the First Friday Reception of the new show. First Friday's are a Harrisonburg tradition!

    Can't make it on Friday? The Artists' Awards Reception will be 2-4 p.m. June 3. 

    The Park Gables Gallery is located on the VMRC campus at 1491 Virginia Avenue. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays/1-4 p.m. Saturdays/Sundays

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