College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University

College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers programs in Art, Arts Management, Computer Game Design, Dance, Film and Video Studies, Music, and Theater.

Who We Are The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) offers degrees in Art, Dance, Film & Video Studies, Music, Theater, Arts Management, Art Education, and Computer Game Design. Professional and liberal arts courses of study are designed to prepare students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders, and arts entrepreneurs, while enriching the cultural life of the Mason Community. Why major in the arts? Students in CVPA work closely with faculty who are recognized professionals in their fields and bring their talent and expertise to the classroom in order to foster skillful and creative leaders. Our outstanding faculty members strive for innovation and excellence in their classes. Outside of class, three campuses plus the entire Washington DC metro area provide exciting opportunities to experience meaningful internships and other collaborative endeavors within the arts.

Read the latest update from President Washington regarding the spring semester ↙️https://buff.ly/3m6AM1o
10/26/2020

Read the latest update from President Washington regarding the spring semester ↙️

https://buff.ly/3m6AM1o

George Mason University's Family Weekend 2020 starts today, with events through November 12!Check out the full schedule ...
10/23/2020

George Mason University's Family Weekend 2020 starts today, with events through November 12!

Check out the full schedule and create your own experience: https://bit.ly/2HmDh0H

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💚💛FAMILY WEEKEND 2020💛💚
Although we are unable to provide our traditional, in-person events, we are committed to helping you create your own Family Weekend 2020 experience!

We are offering live events that you can participate in from the comfort of your home. 💻Online registration is required for most events, and the registration links are listed within the Schedule of Events at MasonFamilyEvents.gmu.edu.

10/22/2020
Virtual Masterclass with Third Coast Percussion

A peek at yesterday's masterclass with Third Coast Percussion!

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble is in residence with us through mid-November. Learn more about the first virtual Mason Artist-In-Residence for the 2020-2021 season: https://bit.ly/31sZC3C 🥁

Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music
George Mason University's Center for the Arts

10/21/2020
Mason Players

Join us on October 23 at 8 p.m. ET for a musical revue celebrating diverse voices in musical theater: "Gaining Ground!"

More details: https://bit.ly/2Te3zo9

https://www.facebook.com/themasonplayers/videos/810400916448869

We are ONE WEEK AWAY from the virtual presentation of Gaining Ground: A Celebration of Diverse Voices in Musical Theater on October 23, 2020 @8:00pm! This music revue was conceived and directed by James Gardiner, Erin Gardiner, and musical director Joe Walsh.

***This event will be streamed for FREE simultaneously on the CVPA webpage, Facebook and YouTube at the scheduled time. Registration is not required but highly suggested because it will send you a reminder email of how to view the performance. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaining-ground-a-celebration-of-diverse-voices-in-musical-theater-tickets-122604241587***

In the spirit of The Season of Jubilee, a yearlong celebration of uniting in joyful responsibility and change, The Mason Players have gathered songs by BIPOC and/or women composers and lyricists whose work is often overlooked. Moving forward as a community, the Players are proud to present a concert of hope that embraces George Mason University’s commitment to inclusion.

(Trailer edited by Mason Player's Apprentice, Samba Pathak)

10/20/2020
George Mason University's Center for the Arts

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Join filmmaker, musician, speaker, and activist Bree Newsome for a conversation as part of The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices—a speaker series that provides an opportunity for Mason students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater community, to engage in dialogue around creative process, activism, and racism. Newsome and student filmmaker and fellow activist Taj Kokayi (Mason Film and Video Studies Program BA, 2022) will conduct a live, interactive conversation about Newsome’s activist work and how it has informed her filmmaking and storytelling and vice versa. Together they will explore what it means to be an activist in America today, as our country grapples with acts of racism, anti-Black rhetoric, and unjust killings. The evening will conclude with live questions from the participating audience.

10/20/2020

Watch the newest installment of the Visual Voices Colloquium featuring Adriana Ospina, Curator of the Permanent Collection and Educational programs at the Art Museum of the Americas. The conversation will highlight her work with Latin America and the Caribbean.

This event is presented by the George Mason University School of Art as part of #MasonArtsAtHome.

HAPPENING TONIGHT→ Bree Newsome and student filmmaker/fellow activist Taj Kokayi will conduct a live, interactive conver...
10/20/2020

HAPPENING TONIGHT→ Bree Newsome and student filmmaker/fellow activist Taj Kokayi will conduct a live, interactive conversation about Newsome’s activism, filmmaking, and storytelling work.

Tune in Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. ET.

Join us tomorrow, Oct. 20 at 7pm, in conversation with Bree Newsome for the first installment of our new #MasonArtsAtHome Series - The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices.

More info: https://bit.ly/3nPzZ6z

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10/16/2020
Green & Gold Performance

Here to brighten your day with the talents of our very own Dean Rick Davis and Dr. Linda Apple Monson of the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music 🎵

'Like' of you're "staying safe here at Pandemic U!"

Who's ready to flex their acting chops?!The Mason Players are holding auditions during the week of October 18. Casting i...
10/15/2020

Who's ready to flex their acting chops?!

The Mason Players are holding auditions during the week of October 18. Casting is open to all full-time, degree-seeking Mason students—regardless of major—with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

More information: https://buff.ly/2SU0r0N

Don't miss this webinar on how computer intelligence and games can both increase and improve learning in the new world o...
10/14/2020

Don't miss this webinar on how computer intelligence and games can both increase and improve learning in the new world of remote education 🎮 Presented by CVPA's Virginia Serious Game Institute.

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Special event: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Teaching and Learning in the Age of COVID-19. Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. - Virtual event. Join us for this special lecture and discussion on this timely topic. This event is hosted by the Virginia Serious Game Institute at Mason's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Learn more and register. https://vsgi.gmu.edu/speaker-series/

ICYMI→ we are thrilled to launch The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices speaker series in an effort to spotlight th...
10/13/2020

ICYMI→ we are thrilled to launch The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices speaker series in an effort to spotlight the essential intersection between the creative sector and social justice movements.

Read the article to learn about the first two events: https://bit.ly/3nGlZfo

10/09/2020
Mason Players

TONIGHT→ #MasonArtsAtHome presents The Mason Players' staged reading of Lauren Yee's "Hookman!" Have you registered to access it?

Go here: bit.ly/3igg4tv

https://www.facebook.com/themasonplayers/videos/622956128396396

We are ONE WEEK AWAY from the virtual presentation of Hookman by Lauren Yee on October 9th, 2020 @8:00

***To view this event, registration through Eventbrite is REQUIRED, here: bit.ly/3igg4tv ***

The Mason Players present a staged reading of Hookman—an existential slasher comedy! Freshman year at college is hard, especially when there is a hook-handed serial killer on the loose. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend, she can finally learn what it means to grow up–and it’s not pretty.

This play contains adult content including sexual violence and racism.

Listen to the third installment of the Visual Voices Colloquium, featuring Argentinian artist Agustina Woodgate who focu...
10/08/2020

Listen to the third installment of the Visual Voices Colloquium, featuring Argentinian artist Agustina Woodgate who focuses on the interplay between human beings and their surroundings 🎨 Access the LIVE radio broadcast: https://buff.ly/2PtByd3 (click "Listen Live").

This event is presented by the George Mason University School of Art as part of #MasonArtsAtHome.

Calling all theater lovers! 🎭Register NOW for access to The Mason Players' staged reading of "Hookman" by Lauren Yee—an ...
10/07/2020

Calling all theater lovers! 🎭

Register NOW for access to The Mason Players' staged reading of "Hookman" by Lauren Yee—an existential slasher comedy: https://buff.ly/3cFU2zg.

The presentation will be strictly available from October 9 at 8 p.m. ET through October 10 at 8 p.m. ET. Registered patrons will receive instructions via email on how to watch it.

A new virtual tool is making distanced performing arts classes possible at CVPA. Introducing the Moving Story Window Wal...
10/06/2020

A new virtual tool is making distanced performing arts classes possible at CVPA. Introducing the Moving Story Window Wall™ created by Heritage Professor of Dance Christopher d'Amboise!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2GuLZtv

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TOMORROW (October 6 at 8 p.m. ET)→ don't miss Film at Mason alum Kwanza Nicole Gooden, along with co-writer/producer And...
10/05/2020

TOMORROW (October 6 at 8 p.m. ET)→ don't miss Film at Mason alum Kwanza Nicole Gooden, along with co-writer/producer Andrea Lewis, in a conversation and screening of their short film, "Token"—a coming of age story about a young Black girl growing up in the suburbs and trying to fit in.

Gooden is an Alumni Artist Support Initiative awardee.

More details: https://buff.ly/34iNqTM

NEWS→ the Mason Players are being featured on an episode of WETA Arts!Hear about their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to...
10/02/2020

NEWS→ the Mason Players are being featured on an episode of WETA Arts!

Hear about their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine the formerly shuttered "Rags The Musical." The episode starts airing on October 4 and it will be available to stream from October 5.

Watch online: https://buff.ly/3kLzCYC

09/30/2020
Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group

Mark your calendars! 📅

CVPA’s Arts in Context is continuing the Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group this fall, moderated by George Mason University faculty members Jessica Kallista and Kristin Johnsen-Neshati. Join for free via Zoom.

More information: https://bit.ly/3j2EhEP

09/28/2020
Safe Return To Campus: Up for a Challenge

Together we are #MasonStrong! 💪

Our community is showing resilience and care for each other. Wear your mask, follow the safety protocols, and keep up the great work.

When it comes to fighting Covid-19, Mason Patriots stick together.

It's ARTS by George! night!  Join us NOW as we celebrate 14 years of ARTS by George! Tonight, we’ll hear from students, ...
09/26/2020
ARTS by George! | College of Visual and Performing Arts

It's ARTS by George! night! Join us NOW as we celebrate 14 years of ARTS by George! Tonight, we’ll hear from students, alumni, staff and artists. We’ll ask for your help to raise funds for student scholarships. And – we’ll announce next year’s thrilling headliner!

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ICYMI→ Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music Faculty James and Julianna Nickel have been hosting "Porch Concerts"...
09/25/2020
Musicians perform for Fairfax neighborhood

ICYMI→ Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music Faculty James and Julianna Nickel have been hosting "Porch Concerts" in their neighborhood since May! Fox 5 DC covered them in this segment.

[UPDATED] The next "Porch Concert" is September 26 at 5:30 p.m. ET and it will feature students from the Mason Flute Studio 🎶

A Northern Virginia community got a musical treat tonight when some local musicians performed in the front yard of a Fairfax home. FOX 5 photojournalist Craig Little shows more in the video above.

ATTENTION STUDENTS→ don't forget to sign up for the virtual Mason Graduate Showcase! You'll learn about George Mason Uni...
09/24/2020

ATTENTION STUDENTS→ don't forget to sign up for the virtual Mason Graduate Showcase! You'll learn about George Mason University's 127+ degree programs at the master’s, doctoral, and professional levels, as well as 100+ graduate-level certificates.

Register today: https://buff.ly/3kBcX0P

"It was a privilege to know her & to be known by her."School of Theater Associate Professor Edward Gero reflects on his ...
09/23/2020
Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Edward Gero - DC Metro Theater Arts

"It was a privilege to know her & to be known by her."

School of Theater Associate Professor Edward Gero reflects on his encounters with the late Justice Ginsburg for DC Metro Theater Arts.

Mason Players

The actor who played Justice Antonin Scalia in 'The Originalist' looks back on his encounters with the late great theater and opera lover.

09/22/2020

Tune in to the second installment of the Visual Voices Colloquium, featuring Lawrence Technological University's Department Chair of Art and Design Steven Rost 🎨 This event is presented by the George Mason University School of Art as part of #MasonArtsAtHome.

It's ARTS by George week! 💫An evening like no other will stream this Saturday, September 26 at 7 p.m. ET on the George M...
09/21/2020

It's ARTS by George week! 💫

An evening like no other will stream this Saturday, September 26 at 7 p.m. ET on the George Mason University's Center for the Arts page and GMU-TV. You'll hear from alumni scholarship recipients, see content from performances and exhibitions, and meet current CVPA student artists.

More information: https://buff.ly/3kp3fyD

A week ago we received this wonderful news from the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music...and we're still celeb...
09/20/2020
Dewberry School of Music Announces $5 Million Commitment for Scholarships | College of Visual and Performing Arts

A week ago we received this wonderful news from the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music...and we're still celebrating! 🎉

Dewberry School of Music Announces $5 Million Commitment for Scholarships September 16, 2020   /   by Rob Riordan See All News Latest News All RSS Dewberry School of Music Announces $5 Million Commitment for Scholarships September 16, 2020 Going Global: Film at Mason and the Durban International F...

Mark your calendars for this #MasonArtsAtHome special event 🎥Film at Mason and the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason p...
09/18/2020

Mark your calendars for this #MasonArtsAtHome special event 🎥

Film at Mason and the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason present a conversation with Parkland Rising producer Sara Ramaker and director Cheryl McDonough. Join via Zoom on September 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

More details: https://bit.ly/32uDTcC

Stop by Fair City Mall this Friday, September 18 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for the annual Park(ing) Day event! Attendees will ...
09/16/2020

Stop by Fair City Mall this Friday, September 18 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for the annual Park(ing) Day event!

Attendees will enjoy refreshments, activities, giveaways, and performances by Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music's Flute Choir 🎶

More details: https://bit.ly/32ixMYF

09/14/2020
Do Your Part Mason: Random COVID-19 testing

A reminder that an important part of George Mason University's plan to keep our community safe is random testing to track asymptomatic COVID cases on campus 😷

Learn more from this video and #DoYourPartMason.

It's quick and easy and will go a long way to help keep our community safe.

An afternoon of joyous music awaits you: Grand Piano Celebration 🎹 This virtual concert celebrates the renaming of the S...
09/12/2020

An afternoon of joyous music awaits you: Grand Piano Celebration 🎹

This virtual concert celebrates the renaming of the School of Music in honor of the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family with livestreamed and recorded performances by student and faculty artists, as well as a tribute by President Gregory Washington.

Watch right here on Facebook this Sunday, September 13 at 3 p.m. ET.

More details: https://buff.ly/3hcTZvA

We honor them today 🇺🇸
09/11/2020

We honor them today 🇺🇸

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” — Barack Obama
Today the Mason Nation honors and remembers September 11, 2001. 🇺🇸

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Who We Are The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) offers degrees in Art, Dance, Film & Video Studies, Music, Theater, Arts Management, Art Education, and Computer Game Design. Professional and liberal arts courses of study are designed to prepare students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders, and arts entrepreneurs, while enriching the cultural life of the Mason Community. Why Major in the Arts? Students in CVPA work closely with faculty who are recognized professionals in their fields and bring their talent and expertise to the classroom in order to foster skillful and creative leaders. Our outstanding faculty members strive for innovation and excellence in their classes. Outside of class, three campuses plus the entire Washington DC metro area provide exciting opportunities to experience meaningful internships and other collaborative endeavors within the arts.

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We are the College of Visual and Performing Arts. We are a community of more than 2,000 students, faculty, and staff. We are seven academic units (on four campuses), two community academies, two performing arts centers, the nation's best pep band, and many galleries, theaters, and studios. Every one of us can play a vital role in this viral time. Our visual artists can show us how to find and reveal hidden beauty in chaos or opacity, following the sculptor’s wisdom that the shape’s within the stone. Our dancers can help us know what it is to balance and soar, first at a safely social distance and then, by design, joyously, together. Our singers and players can teach us how to breathe with purpose and passion, to resonate together in harmony. Our actors, who know that all the world’s a stage, can help us imagine what it’s like to be someone else; some call it empathy, they call it craft. Our filmmakers can show us how to frame an image for maximum meaning, and to make stories out of seemingly disconnected moments. Our game designers can lead us on quests through imaginary worlds to help us learn to navigate an ever-changing real one. Our arts managers can help us understand the long-range strategies, the value propositions, and the hidden calculations that make everything possible. Our academies can reach the youngest and the oldest among us, beginning and extending the artistic journey across the whole continuum of life. Our Green Machine can prove how people from all points of the human compass come together and make inspiration a contagion. Our venues will soon resound again with music, dance, and drama; our galleries will welcome back the curious whose eyes, minds, and hearts need nourishment; our studios and screening rooms will hum with the energy of invention. Absence will beget presence with renewed hunger, need, and urgency. In CVPA we say that the arts create community. This isolating moment challenges and inspires us to find new ways to make that promise true. And the mission has never been so vital.
Call for Submissions: International Symposium for Visual Culture & Exhibitions ISVC To whom it may concern, We are holding the International Symposium for Visual Culture in Washington D.C. in March 14, 2020 and would appreciate if you forward this information to your faculty members, students, and alumni. --- [Call for Submissions: International Symposium for Visual Culture & Exhibitions ISVC] Website: http://cicamuseum.com/isvc We invites artists, scholars, and researchers worldwide to participate in the International Symposium for Visual Culture. The community of artists, researchers and academics meets in the international symposium and participates in the exhibitions. *Categories & Keywords: -Modernism -Postmodernism -Globalism -Digital Culture and Social Media -Mass Culture -Critical Studies -Post-humanism -Originality, Authorship, and Copyright Issues -Feminist Studies on Visual Culture -Nationalism and Visual Culture -New Media Art -Consumer Culture -Digital Nomad -Environmental issues and Visual Culture [Symposium] International Symposium for Visual Culture (ISVS) 2020 and Pop-up Show & Performances, Washington D.C. The symposium will be held on March 14, 2020 in Washington D.C., USA. Every artist/researcher of an accepted proposal will be provided with an opportunity to discuss the merits of his or her contribution with peers. It is required that the presenter will register for the symposium and present or perform in a session. We are open to proposals for paper presentations, workshops, experimental sessions, as well as artistic performance. After the symposium, there will be a Pop-up Show & Performances on the evening of March 14, 2020. Artists and researchers can showcase their projects, portfolios, and do artistic/experimental performances. [Exhibition] “Visual Culture 2020” at CICA Museum The international exhibition “Visual Culture 2020” will be held from January 22 to February 9, 2020 at CICA Museum. Participation is optional. *Installation: Photographs & 2D Digital Art Selected works will be printed in 10×15 inches, framed, and installed by the museum curators & assistants. If requested by the artist, works can be printed and framed in larger sizes. Additional fees may apply. Video & Interactive Art The museum will provide projectors and DVD/DIVX players for the show. Multiple single-channel works will be screen through a projector. The museum curators & assistants will install your work(s) according to your installation guidelines. If the work is required to be screened through a projector exclusively, or more than two projectors/monitors are needed, please indicate the special requirements in the submission email. Additional fees may apply. Physical Work & Installation Art The artist is responsible for the shipment and delivery of his/her physical work to and from CICA Museum, as well as all related expenses. The two-dimensional work should be no larger than 39 inch (1 m) on the longest side, and the installation piece should be no larger than 39x39x79 inches (1 x 1 x 2 m, w x l x h). The work that needs to be mounted on the wall should not exceed 10 kg. Please indicate in the submission email if you are interested in exhibiting works exceeding the size/weight limit. * Participants of the exhibition at CICA Museum will be required to pay the show processing & maintenance fee: $60 (USD) per work. *Timeline: November 25, 2019 Extended Deadline for submissions October 29 – November 10, 2019 Approvals: Selected artists/researchers will be notified by email. January 22 – February 9, 2020 Exhibition “Visual Culture 2020” at CICA Museum March 14, 2020 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ISVC Sessions, Washington D.C. March 14, 2020 4 a.m. – 7 p.m. ISVC Pop-up show & performances, Washington D.C. ***The schedule is subject to change. *How to submit your work: Please send us a proposal (a DOC or PDF file; up to 1200 words; may include max. 10 images and 3 video links) and a bio. Please email them to “[email protected].” Please write “Submission: Visual Culture 2020 – Presenter’s Name” in the subject line of your email. *Registration required at the time of the acceptance (more info: http://cicamuseum.com/isvc/registration/). We look forward to the participation of creative artists/researchers. If you have any questions, please visit our “Contact Us” page (http://cicamuseum.com/contact) and leave a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Auditions are THIS Saturday - contact us for a reservation time!