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George Mason University

Give Beyond the Classroom

Mason is a destination for artists, and lovers of the arts, in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Support the Performing Arts Centers

Each year, more than 200,000 audience members attend 60 performances at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus and the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Prince William County, featuring world-renowned symphony, ballet, opera, theater and dance companies. Private funding ensures performances remain vibrant and affordable today and for future generations.

Support the Green Machine Ensembles

The Green Machine Ensembles are the Athletic Bands and Campus Spirit Ensembles of George Mason University.  The Ensembles consist of students from a wide-variety of majors from across the University.  They also boast the number one pep band in the nation, according to the NCAA. The ensembles are comprised of:

This organization provides a unique link between the arts and athletics, campus and the community and is the physical embodiment of spirit at George Mason University.

Support the Potomac Arts Academy

As the College of Visual and Performing Arts' non-degree community outreach arm, private funding for the Potomac Arts Academy supports individual and group arts instruction for 3,000 community members of all skill levels, artistic abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. Courses are taught by our distinguished faculty and graduate-level arts education students in the evening, after school and in summer intensive settings. Potomac’s Instruments in the Attic program transforms forgotten musical instruments into treasures for Mason Music Education majors and the public school students they teach in a suite of in-school programs.

Capital Needs

Several of the College of Visual and Performing Arts' physical assets – including the Center for the Arts and Harris Theatre, our two busiest venues – are sound, but aging. Renovation will enhance their capabilities and restore their competitive position. Responding to demonstrated demand, the Hylton Performing Arts Center is expanding its program, with an Education Wing opening in 2017.

In our teaching spaces, technology is reaching obsolescence, requiring long-term investment to deliver a 21st century education in the arts. A total of $30 million, in a blend of endowment and temporarily restricted funds, will allow our facilities to meet the needs, both current and projected, of the communities we serve.

For more information, contact Susan Graziano, Director of Development, Fairfax Programs, at sglomb@gmu.edu, 703-993-4188; or Eileen Kennedy, Director of Development, Hylton Performing Arts Center, at ekenned9@gmu.edu, 703-993-6092.

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