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theme of the 2018-2019 season:

Decades & generations

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dear patrons of the arts

While we are celebrating a decade as a cultural arts center. the building has been standing for over a century. the exposed beams that were once the framework of a segregated school now serve as the backbone for this inclusive and visionary space.

the soul of the building has been completely transformed. 

From our opening night in 2008 with the amazing roberta flack to countless performances celebrating the blossoming talents of our region's youth, we celebrate the commitment and diversity of our audiences.

our 10th season will be both a reflection and an affirmation of the very best. we will acknowledge our history as a cultural arts center, embrace the present moment, and look forward to our future with you as we work towards building community through the arts. 


Upcoming events

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Workshops & classes 

downing-gross cultural arts center is dedicated to building community through the arts. we offer free and inexpensive programming throughout the year, geared towards bringing supplemental arts education to the city of newport news.


facility rentals

downing-gross is not only a cultural arts facility, it is also an event venue with a variety of spaces available for rental. consider having your next event here with us! We offer affordable and competitive rates with discounts for residents of the city of newport news.

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Get involved

help us in our goal of building community through the arts! find out how to get involved as a partner in the arts!