As we test out our operation of the new Tea Room at The Commons, please note that the Tea Room will not be open and serving tomorrow (Tues) or Friday of this week. The Tea Room will be open 10 – 4:30 on Wednesday and Thursday. Next week, we plan to begin full M-F operation.

We look forward to seeing you as we offer another choice for food, drink, and a friendly place to come and stay awhile.

Introducing The Commons Community and Arts Center!  The Commons aims to be a broad-service community center for Viroqua, hosting numerous events, weekly groups, workshops, classes, as well as offering a comfortable and resource-rich space for people of all generations to come and enjoy.

Regularly scheduled classes/meetings at The Ark will continue as classes at The Commons.  These as well as new activities will be announced in local community calendars, on this website, on our Facebook page, and elsewhere.  We expect the transformation of The Ark into The Commons to continue through fall and winter, and we plan for a “Grand Reopening Celebration” in the spring.

The Ark Cafe is closed at this time.  We will be introducing an exciting new tea-room shortly, offering drinks and inexpensive pastries and snacks.

Thank you for your patience and support of The Commons (formerly “The Ark Center for the Arts.”)


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If you’re interested in bringing your event/workshop/class to The Commons, please email


The Commons is operated by Artists and Friends, Inc, an IRS-certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  We value, and can always use your help in supporting this community center and the programs offered here.  To make a tax deductible donation via PayPal, please click the button below.

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