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1922

Suffolk High School

Built in 1922, this beloved high school served as a place of gathering and learning ​for thousands of students, parents, teachers, administrators and many others, until its doors were closed in 1990.

1998

The Transformation

A task force was appointed to develop a plan for the grand old school building. The result? A transformation of Suffolk High School into the area’s only full-service cultural arts center, the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts!

2006

Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking took place in August 2004, and after much hard work, the Center was completed the summer of 2006.

2022

Construction

In 2022 we launched our $4.5 million Capital Campaign to complete extensive repairs to our 100-year-old building. Both the interior and exterior have sustained substantial damage requiring new brick work, new windows, and much more!

2023

Hit Goal

In June 2023 Suffolk Center reached our $4.5 million Capital Campaign Goal! Phase 1 renovations are completed, Phase 2 is underway on the front of the building, and work continues throughout the coming year.

2024

The Reveal

The Suffolk Center building renovations continue, with an anticipated completion date of February 2024.

Suffolk High School, built in 1922, served as a beloved place of gathering and learning ​for thousands of students, parents, teachers, administrators and many others, until its doors were closed in 1990. The building’s halls still seem to resound with 70 years of youthful excitement and potential. The old slate stairs were lovingly worn with the buoyant steps of all those who had passed through this magnificent building. Through the years Suffolk High School had seen many great changes, but an ingenious metamorphosis was on the horizon.

In 1998 a task force was appointed to develop a plan for the grand old school building. The result? A transformation of Suffolk High School into the area’s only full-service cultural arts center, the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts!

Strategies were put into place and a capital campaign was launched in September of 2001. The adaptive-reuse of this building qualified for historic tax credits, which greatly aided the renovation. With the incomparable support of the City of Suffolk and the private sector, the remainder of funding was secured. Groundbreaking took place in August 2004, and after much hard work, the Center was completed the summer of 2006.

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts has come to resounding life! We invite you to share the excitement of our next season. Experience world-class performances as actors, entertainers, musicians and dancers grace our stage. Witness the mastery of visual artists in our gallery space. Learn something new, participate in a variety of art classes, involve your children, meet friends for lunch or dinner or host a party, or even a banquet! Join us as we celebrate the cultural arts in Suffolk.

SUFFOLK CENTER FOR CULTURAL ARTS
110 W. Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434
Main: 757-923-0003 | Box Office: 757-923-2900

Administrative Offices are OPEN ~ Tuesday – Friday, 9-5 PM

ART GALLERIES are OPEN ~ Tuesday – Saturday, 10-4 PM
Rental Tours available upon request.

Administrative office, class registration and ticket sales 3rd floor.

Ticket window opens 60 minutes before events.

 

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in partnership with Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the ArtsDonations are tax-deductible.

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