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“I have always longed for a place where individuals can foster a passion for the arts, nature, and lifelong learning.”

Mary hardy  |  Founder


SCAN’S Current Happenings |


To create a space for the exploration of the natural environmental through the arts.


Established in 2005, by Mary Hardy, Scottsville’s Center for the Arts and the Natural Environment is a non-profit organization that works to celebrate, develop and deepen our community’s knowledge of the The Performing and Visual Arts, while discerning the collaborative potential of these and our regional ecological landscape including Agricultural and Apicultural practices, Botany, Hydrology, and the significance of these in the biodiversity of our landscape.

SCAN works to make our Music, Theater, Dance, Painting, Drawing, and Environmental programs accessible to all members of the community regardless of gender, age, or physical ability.


Fall Registration is Open! Sign up now for Visual and Performing Arts and Environmentally inspired classes for all ages.


“Mineral Medium” Exhibition in “our rivers . our landscapes . our community”


“Paint Out Pollution” SCAN collaboration with James River Association in Scottsville, VA Summer 2019.



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SCAN’s Beginnings |


Arriving in Scottsville in 1994 toting over 100 stringed instruments, Mary Hardy Roberts set up her music studio in the living room of her home on James River Road. Her “The Family Players” music program was met with immediate success and Mary became known as the “music lady” to the general public and “Miss Tudala” to her students. Through the years the “Family Players” teaching program became a rich multi-media experience for children and adults. Students entered through the back door and after an hour or two or three, would leave with music, poetry or games running through their minds. The teachings of Mary Hardy had always been about more than music they were a transforming creative experience.

Mary was a born teacher who came from a long line of educators and who always said "music chose me." Prior to her move to Scottsville, she taught in Philadelphia, Richmond, Longwood College and Buckingham and as a young mother from NYC in the 1970s she would travel to Harlem on the subway to teach violin to youngsters at the Harlem School of Arts under Dorothy Maynor. Mary left this earth in November of 2014, but we are determined to carry on her legacy of bringing the joy of creating, whether it be in music, dance, visual arts, bee keeping, nature studies, or performing to the Scottsville community.