The SWVA Cultural Center & 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.
We’ve launched several organizations to celebrate our region, and they’re headquartered right here at Heartwood:
- The Crooked Road, which 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.
- ‘Round the Mountain, which 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 Heartwood.
- Appalachian Spring, which 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 the SWVA Cultural Center. We’re glad you’re here – and hope you’ll spread the word about Southwest Virginia.
It’s authentic … distinctive… alive.