Support the Next Generation of Artists
Attend one of our annual events to show your support for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Each September, the seven academic disciplines in the College of Visual and Performing arts join forces to present the annual ARTS by George! benefit to raise funds for student scholarships and the Great Performances at Mason season. Students and faculty from each discipline collaborate in a series of behind-the-scenes showcase performances and exhibits in open studios and rehearsal halls of the deLaski Performing Arts Building. The event includes award-winning wine and restaurant stations from the top restaurants in the D.C. region, as well as a silent auction of arts-related items and experiences. The evening culminates in a gala performance by a headliner in the Concert Hall, followed by an on-stage champagne and dessert reception with the artist. The annual event has collectively raised more than $1 million since it began in 2006.
Held annually during the spring semester, the Dance Gala features thrilling works by an array of acclaimed choreographers. The 2016 event included a pre-performance meet-and-greet with School of Dance students, silent auction and a dinner program featuring special guest Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This extraordinary evening features a dynamic performance by talented students as they embark upon their promising dance careers. This event is part of Mason’s Faster Farther Campaign. Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships support School of Dance scholarships.
For more information, email Alice Magelssen-Green, Development Coordinator, or call 703-993-1593.
Held annually during the spring semester, Off the Wall celebrates the visual arts at Mason, including the School of Art, Computer Game Design and Film and Video Studies Programs. The more than 250 guests interact with students and faculty in open studios and galleries in Mason’s state-of-the-art Art and Design Building. This event is part of Mason’s Faster Farther Campaign. Proceeds from tickets and sponsorships support Art, Film and Game Design student scholarships and visiting artist residencies.
For more information, email Susan Graziano, Director of Develpoment, or call 703-993-4188.
The Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Anniversary Gala raises funds for the performances and programs at the Hylton Center, including educational programs, the Veterans and the Arts Initiative, as well the the Hylton Center’s Endowment. Held annually in the Spring, more than 400 guests enjoy dinner on the Merchant Hall stage and performances by student and local artists. This annual event has collectively raised more than $1 million for the artists, performances, and programs of the Hylton Center and is part of Mason’s Faster Farther Campaign. For more information, contact Emily Robinson at or 571-242-7049.