COVID-19 Update (4/26/21)

Dear Hampton Arts Family:

As Spring approaches, we wanted to write to provide a brief update from Hampton Arts – including The American Theatre, The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center, and Arts Education. As you may have noticed in recent days, public facilities throughout Hampton (Community Centers, Libraries, History Museum) are starting to reopen, some with abbreviated schedules and all with new safety protocols. We are happy to see many of our Hampton venues reopening to serve the community again!  

With that said, I want to let you know for the time being, The American Theatre and The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center will remain closed to the public.

Many facilities such as ours have been shuttered across the country, a great number of these facilities have made the difficult decision to furlough or lay off staff. Hampton Arts has been fortunate that City Council and the City Manager remain committed to keeping all city staff employed throughout the pandemic crisis. Our dedicated Hampton Arts staff members have been deployed in various departments throughout the city and assisting pandemic efforts – including City Vaccination Clinics. We are hopeful our staff will be home by the middle of summer to focus on the reopening of Hampton Arts programs. 

At The Visual Arts Center, we are planning to open the Small Works Exhibition later this summer and hopefully return to in-person classes for the Winter Session.

At The American Theatre, our current plan is to announce later this fall, a shortened season that would begin in early 2022 along with resuming our Arts Education Home School programming in Spring 2022.

While plans can always evolve and change, once we have more detailed information on our ability to reopen and reengage our community in person – we will update you further. Until then, please stay well and healthy.

We look forward to welcoming you Home to the Galleries and the Theatre again!

Update: 12-11-20

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Dear Friends of Hampton Arts,


It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know we have made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our 2020-2021 Season at The American Theatre and The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center.


This decision was reached with two primary reasons in mind. Our foremost concern, of course, is the safety and well-being of our visiting artists, staff, volunteers, and audience members. After consultation with the Virginia Department of Health, we made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming performances at The American Theatre and postpone the remaining Visual Arts Center Exhibitions. Additionally, faced with this global pandemic, our budgetary/financial and box office metrics have not met our goals. The season cancellation is in the best interest of the department and our stakeholders as we work to focus on future performances and exhibitions.


For ticket holders, our Box Office will be working over the next few weeks to process refunds for all ticket purchases. For fine artists, the Visual Arts Center staff will be in touch very soon with details on exhibitions, future plans, and proposals.


As Artistic Director, I understand well the importance of the performing and visual arts in the life and tapestry of a community. We are still here for our community and will continue to be a beacon for our citizens and our region. I will be taking the next few months to better understand what next year’s season may look like; at this particular moment, I am still evaluating options as the current environment evolves. With light on the horizon nationally with vaccines and therapies, we are optimistic that in the not-too-distant future we will be gearing up for live performances again!

While this news may come as no surprise to many, it breaks our hearts here at Hampton Arts because our audience members, visitors, and our artists are the soul of our work.  We want to have everyone back as soon as humanly able.


From our staff to your family, we send much love and warmth for the Holiday Season and hope that you may have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and a better and bountiful New Year.




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Artistic Director
The American Theatre and Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center





Refunds for The American Theatre 2020-2021 Season Cancellation


The American Theatre Box Office, currently operating out of the Hampton Coliseum, will begin processing refunds for all 2021 season ticket purchases immediately. Hampton Coliseum Box Office will operate by appointment only on Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please call 838-4203 to schedule an appointment.

Refunds for tickets purchased online through Ticketmaster will be issued automatically. To receive a refund for tickets purchased in person, purchasers must bring the ticket and original form of payment to the box office.

The box office is currently open on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Hampton Coliseum Box Office
1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA, 23666