Smith Mountain Arts Council Affiliates are independent organizations that share the mission of supporting one or more of the performing, visual, or literary arts. The Smith Mountain Arts Council and its Affiliates seek opportunities to engage in mutually beneficial activities which further each organization’s mission and vision. These activities may include publicizing and encouraging support for each other's events and reciprocal Website links.

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Bald Knob Artists

A group of local artists, come together at the Franklin County Public Library (Rocky Mount, VA) the first Wednesday of each month to share ideas and artwork. Come and be a part of our group (membership fee is required).

Contact: Leslie Santapaul

Bedford Community Orchestra

The Bedford Community Orchestra, located in Bedford, Virginia, was founded in 1989. The orchestra, under the direction of Scott Walter, provides a Spring and Fall Concert Season. The BCO traditionally hosts two free concerts a year at the Bedford Middle School Auditorium in Bedford, and is also available for other performances throughout the year.

Rehearsals are held weekly, and include musicians from Bedford, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Blacksburg, and the surrounding areas, joining together to share in the joy and creation of orchestral music.

Visit the BCO Website,


Booker T. Washington National Monument

On April 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington was born a slave on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs. After the Civil War, Washington became the first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School. Later as an adviser, author and orator, his past would influence his philosophies as the most influential African American of his era. Come explore his birthplace.

Visit the website.

Contact: Penny Blue

Bower Center for the Arts

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The Bower Center for the Arts, under the umbrella of the Wharton Memorial Foundation, is a non-profit art center nestled in the heart of Bedford, Virginia at the corner of Bridge Street and Bedford Avenue.

Since 2006 the Center has worked toward providing a cultural arts center in Bedford and continues to build upon that foundation to provide an atmosphere of learning and personal growth through entertainment and education in the Visual and Performing Arts. Music and art classes are offered to children and adults.

The second annual Summer Arts Camp provided two weeks of quality in-depth art and music experiences for area students. Studio space is used by several artists who work and teach at the Center. Musical performances and special events round out our offerings.

Click here for the latest May 2016 Newsletter.


Sara Braaten, Acting Director Bower Center for the Arts
305 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA 24523
(540) 586-4235 (540) 586-4235

The Chorus of the Blue Ridge

Founded 14 years ago as The Salem Choral Society - changed name to The Chorus of the Blue Ridge to reflect a broader base both of singers and concert attendees. This is their second season of presenting concerts in the SML area.

Founded by current Music Director, Aaron Garber, who is also the Director of Music Ministry at Trinity Ecumenical Parish and Director of Music for The Jefferson Choral Society

visit our website.

Gretna Little Theater

Gretna Little Theatre’s mission is to provide multicultural opportunities and entertainment, offer projects for all segments of the community including theatrical events, a small instrumental combo, visual arts, dance, and education, enhanced by collaboration with other cultural institutions.

Because Gretna Little Theatre’s singular focus is on theatre and related arts, it is the premier source for theatre arts presentation and education in the area. Marketing will therefore focus on demonstrating the benefits of participating in Gretna Little Theatre-sponsored programs as an artist, performer, visitor, audience member, or any of the many opportunities available to the public.



This group of more than thirty men from Lynchburg and the Smith Mountain Lake area perform four-part harmony in the grand tradition of a-capella barbershop singing.

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Look who's playing in Rocky Mount! With over 150 musical performances from Rock to Country, Americana and beach music, its the newest venue to see your favorite artists and bands! 

Find out more at

The Harvester Performance Center - Music for Everyone.

League of Roanoke Artists

Founded in 1958 by area artists, The League of Roanoke Artists (LRA) is the largest independent art organization in the Roanoke area. The LRA has been devoted to expanding opportunities for artists and those that wish to support art for over fifty years.

We welcome artists, sculptors, and photographers at different levels of accomplishment. Our organization includes professional artists, and those just beginning to express themselves in art. We offer:

  • Regular meetings with demonstrations and presentations tailored for artists
  • Monthly critiques
  • The LRA newsletter
  • Retreats featuring workshops by highly qualified professionals
  • Many opportunities throughout the year for artists to show and sell their art
  • The ROYA youth program which brings art opportunities to area youth

Please join us at a membership meeting or visit our website for more information.

Let's Dance Band

The Let's Dance Band is a contemporary swing band under the musical direction of Ken Richardson. The band consists of 20 creative and talented musicians, many of whom have performed professionally in their past careers. Our primary goals are to enjoy and promote the “Big Band" style of music as well as mentor young musicians.

We have prepared several one hour SHOWS, including A Musical Tribute to The Greatest Generation and a Salute to the Baby Boom Generation. Each presentation includes a narration, PowerPoint visuals, professional dancers and the extraordinary vocal stylings of Bob and Libbie Colia.

In addition to the SHOWS, The Let's Dance Band can also be booked for dances and parties, offering a wide variety of music. A professional DJ is available for longer evenings when continuous music is required.

Please visit the band's website for pricing and other information. 

Little Town Players, Bedford, VA

Celebrating 35 years of live theater in Bedford. 

Contact: Box Office at 540-586-5881 or visit:

Rocky Mount Center for the Arts

The Rocky Mount Center for the Arts’ mission is to showcase, facilitate, and educate, to support artistic endeavors and rural creativity in the community and region, as well as enrich the community by broadening access and involvement of diverse audiences.

Visit the website.

Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association (SVSA)

The Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association (SVSA) is a group of amateur and professional songwriters with the common goal of improving songwriting and performance skills.

Visit the SVSA Website at

Sway Katz Jazz Orchestra

The Sway Katz Jazz Orchestra is a 19-piece ensemble founded in 2006 by vocalist Kim Pitts.

The group is directed by Scott Walter and its repertoire includes more than 200 jazz, latin, R&B, and funk tunes as well as popular ballads and swing standards. The Sway Katz are renowned for their tight ensemble work, inventive solos, and a groove that brings you out of your seat to dance.

For more information and for our schedule of performances, please visit our website:

Westlake Ringers

The Westlake Ringers, based in Moneta near Smith Mountain Lake, is a community handbell choir dedicated to the mission of sharing the joy of handbells in the Smith Mountain Lake area and offering performing and learning opportunities for avid handbell musicians. Formed in 2014, the choir consists of 14 full time members and performs on five octaves of handbells and five octaves of hand chimes.New members who have good musicianship skills and at least five years of intermediate level handbell experience are welcome.

For more information please visit our website: or Randi Paul

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