Awash in a debt of $53.7 million, the foundation that runs the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton is now fighting for survival.
June 16, 2012Lisa St. Martin, center, a resident artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, teaches a bead class. From left, Glenn Norton of Gainesville and Bill and Roberta Manly of Manassas watch her. Artists in painting, glass-blowing and ceramics work in nearly 70 studios at the facility, which is facing red ink. Awash in $53.7 million of county-endorsed debt, the foundation responsible for renovating the complex and running the center is now fighting for survival. Fairfax County taxpayers are paying more of its bills, to the tune of nearly $3 million a year. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post