Arts and Education at The Chesapeake

Enriching lives, developing talents, and lifting spirits through the arts.

A full and enriching lifestyle includes experiences in the arts and opportunities to expand one’s talents and knowledge. At The Chesapeake, you’ll find ample opportunities to engage with the arts—whether as an artist or performer, or as one who enjoys and appreciates the talents of others. You’ll also find abundant opportunities for lifelong learning through educational lectures and seminars.

Visual Arts—The Creative Arts Studio at The Chesapeake hosts a variety of classes in the visual arts, from various forms of painting and drawing, to Ukrainian egg dyeing, jewelry-making and glass-fusing; new classes fill the calendar all the time. Our campus is home to accomplished artists as well as those who simply enjoy learning and developing their skills. Resident artworks are regularly displayed in our community.

Performing Arts—The Chesapeake offers an ongoing variety of musical performances for residents to enjoy. Whether it’s a performance by well-known local talent or some of the many talented residents who live right here, there’s something for everyone and every musical taste.

Cultural Trips and Events—The Chesapeake’s central Newport News location puts us close to a wealth of community resources such as historic sites and a variety of museums, theaters and performance centers. Our frequent outings to a variety of cultural events are a popular feature of life at The Chesapeake. Here we’ve listed just a small selection of the attractions you’ll find nearby:

  • Christopher Newport University and Ferguson Center for the Arts
  • The Mariner’s Museum/USS Monitor Center
  • Virginia Living Museum
  • The Virginia War Museum
  • Peninsula Fine Arts Center
  • Peninsula Community Theatre

Woodworking Shop—For those who enjoy woodworking, The Chesapeake’s well-equipped woodworking shop provides the opportunity to pursue your hobby without having to bring your own equipment. Residents have use of workbenches with table saws, a drill press, circular & scroll saws, sanders and a jointer. In addition, many residents choose to share their personal tools with others. The shop is vented for saw dust collection, creating a safer, more pleasant environment.