who we are
Bower Center for the Arts embodies the belief that the arts hold transformative potential.
The Center elevates the social culture of our community, empowering citizens to bridge borders through participation, intellectual exploration, and leadership development of the arts.
Renowned for excellence in collaborative programming between artists, schools, and citizens, the Center presents innovative, relevant and diverse cultural experiences that both reflect and expand the community's interests.
Bower Center for the Arts is an innovative regional Central Virginia Arts and Cultural Center, promoting the unique cultural narrative of the region and its creative economy by developing and offering arts, cultural and community programs. We are the cultural center of visual and performing arts, education, community engagement and personal enrichment, promoting inclusivity and diversity and contribute to a high quality of life for the community.
As a Downtown Anchor of Bedford, the Bower Center is an active component and partner of the Downtown revitalization process by building collaborations and partnerships with Downtown merchants, governmental, corporate and other organizations.
We are constructing an innovative road map for a sustainable future through art tourism, enthusiastic community engagement and creative economies, while ensuring sound alignment with the long-term vision and mission of the revitalization process of Downtown Bedford.
The mission of the Bower Center for the Arts is to make visual and performing arts available to the entire Bedford population; to become a creative force and an educational resource for the community, and to harness the economic vitality of the arts.
As an organization we adhere to the values of innovation, interdependence, collaboration, and diversity.
As individuals, we pledge that our relationships with one another and with others will be governed by integrity, respect, trust, cooperation, a positive approach, and self-discipline.