Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace

First stop for a creative economy

Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace is the gateway to Southwest Virginia’s rich culture and creative economy. Here you can see the work of regional artisans and musicians and find out about Southwest Virginia’s history, heritage, outdoor recreation and scenic beauty via stories and first-person narratives.

 

But it’s much more than a visitor and sales center. It’s the keystone in our effort to build a regional economy focused on our cultural heritage and natural beauty. We’re revitalizing downtowns as cultural centers and developing historic sites and outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the region. Artisan studios, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, music venues and outfitters spring up nearby to enrich the experience of both visitors and the folks who make their home here. We’re making sure the world knows what a special place this is – and providing the tools to plan a vacation – or a lifetime.

 

All of this adds up to jobs and profits based on assets that can never be depleted or outsourced.

 

Efforts to build Southwest Virginia’s creative economy are the work of the Southewest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission, appointed by the General Assembly in 2008. Partners include the Virginia Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentVirginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Resources.

 

Funding partners include the Tobacco Indeminification and Community Revitalization Commission and Appalachian Regional Commission.

First stop for a creative economy

Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace is the gateway to Southwest Virginia’s rich culture and creative economy. Here you can see the work of regional artisans and musicians and find out about Southwest Virginia’s history, heritage, outdoor recreation and scenic beauty via stories and first-person narratives.

 

But it’s much more than a visitor and sales center. It’s the keystone in our effort to build a regional economy focused on our cultural heritage and natural beauty. We’re revitalizing downtowns as cultural centers and developing historic sites and outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the region. Artisan studios, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, music venues and outfitters spring up nearby to enrich the experience of both visitors and the folks who make their home here. We’re making sure the world knows what a special place this is – and providing the tools to plan a vacation – or a lifetime.

 

All of this adds up to jobs and profits based on assets that can never be depleted or outsourced.

 

Efforts to build Southwest Virginia’s creative economy are the work of the Southewest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission, appointed by the General Assembly in 2008. Partners include the Virginia Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentVirginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Resources.

 

Funding partners include the Tobacco Indeminification and Community Revitalization Commission and Appalachian Regional Commission.

Soaring Architecture

Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace’s architecture evokes the spirit and character of Southwest Virginia. Barns, silos and other structures native to the settlers of this area serve as inspiration for a unique and dynamic building that somehow seems as at home now as it would in 1810.

 

Designed by award winning architects, Spectrum Design of Roanoke, the 27,000 square foot building overlooks a sweeping mountain vista including Whitetop Mountain from its hillside perch on eight acres next to Virginia Highlands Community College.

 

The LEED Certified building features galleries, a restaurant, coffee bar and performance and special events spaces that combine heartstopping vistas with warm interiors featuring sustainably harvested native woods.

 

The lobby and artisan galleries include towering exhibit panels and display cases made of local woods, designed by The 1717 Design Group of Richmond. They also planned and designed the restaurant and coffee and wine bar. Interactives and videos throughout the building are the work of Two Rivers in Williamsburg.

 

Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace is also home to the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission, ‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia Artisan’s Network and The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

Soaring Architecture

Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace’s architecture evokes the spirit and character of Southwest Virginia. Barns, silos and other structures native to the settlers of this area serve as inspiration for a unique and dynamic building that somehow seems as at home now as it would in 1810.

 

Designed by award winning architects, Spectrum Design of Roanoke, the 27,000 square foot building overlooks a sweeping mountain vista including Whitetop Mountain from its hillside perch on eight acres next to Virginia Highlands Community College.

 

The LEED Certified building features galleries, a restaurant, coffee bar and performance and special events spaces that combine heartstopping vistas with warm interiors featuring sustainably harvested native woods.

 

The lobby and artisan galleries include towering exhibit panels and display cases made of local woods, designed by The 1717 Design Group of Richmond. They also planned and designed the restaurant and coffee and wine bar. Interactives and videos throughout the building are the work of Two Rivers in Williamsburg.

 

Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace is also home to the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission, ‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia Artisan’s Network and The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

Promoting Southwest Virginia

Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace is the Gateway to Southwest Virginia.

 

Here we celebrate the unique natural and cultural assets that make Southwest Virginia such an amazing place to live in or to visit.

 

Our goal is to make Southwest Virginia famous all over the U.S. and the world for its natural beauty, for its unique culture, for its friendly people. People need to say “Southwest Virginia” with the same respect and affection that they feel for Tuscany. Or the Napa Valley.

Promoting Southwest Virginia

Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace is the Gateway to Southwest Virginia.

 

Here we celebrate the unique natural and cultural assets that make Southwest Virginia such an amazing place to live in or to visit.

 

Our goal is to make Southwest Virginia famous all over the U.S. and the world for its natural beauty, for its unique culture, for its friendly people. People need to say “Southwest Virginia” with the same respect and affection that they feel for Tuscany. Or the Napa Valley.

Experience Southwest Virginia

We’ve launched several organizations to celebrate our region, and they’re headquartered right here at Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace:

links musical venues, big and small, all across the region, as well as supporting the work of musicians, young and old and promoting traditional music in schools.

brings together artisans, galleries, schools, farms and more in a series of artisan trails and which supports our creative people through workshops and a great website as well as supervising the jury process that chooses the best craft work for sale here at Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace.

Appalachian Spring

links communities with the outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities throughout Southwest Virginia, and helps them locate and provide the services that outdoor enthusiasts need and want.

We’re constantly working to help communities and businesses develop new ways to experience Southwest Virginia’s beauty, history, and great outdoors. We host conferences and workshops on marketing, downtown development, resource management and more, giving community leaders a chance to pull together across the region to accomplish common goals.

 

Welcome to Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace. We’re glad you’re here – and hope you’ll spread the word about Southwest Virginia.

 

It’s authentic … distinctive… alive.