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Signature Events

Support the Next Generation of Artists

Attend one of our annual events to show your support for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 

Dance Gala

Join us on Friday evening, March 31, 2017 for a special, insider-view event before the School of Dance’s annual Gala Concert performance. Featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres, open studios, and a chance to mingle with students, faculty, choreographers, this event raises much-needed funds for student scholarships. The School of Dance is one of the premier modern dance programs in the United States and attracts students from all over the country and the world. Your support helps students get a first-class education and go onto dance on stages all over the world, including on Broadway and at the Kennedy Center.

For ticket and sponsorship information, visit alumni.gmu.edu/dancegalacelebration or contact Alice Magelssen-Green at 703-993-1593 or amagelss@gmu.edu.

Thanks to supporters, School of Dance students like the ones pictured are able to learn from distinguished faculty and visiting choreographers.

Thanks to supporters, School of Dance students like the ones pictured are able to learn from distinguished faculty and visiting choreographers.

The Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Anniversary Gala

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.

Off the Wall

Come out and join us on Saturday evening, April 8, 2017 for Off the Wall, a celebration of the visual arts at Mason, including the School of Art, Computer Game Design and Film and Video Studies Programs. Guests interact with students and faculty in open studios and galleries in Mason’s state-of-the-art Art and Design Building. Make a print, star in a film, play a video game, enjoy a live DJ, sample delicious food and beverages, and bid in the silent auction. Proceeds from tickets and sponsorships support Art, Film and Game Design student scholarships and visiting artist residencies.

For ticket and sponsorship information, visit offthewall.gmu.edu or contact Susan Graziano at 703-993-4188 or sglomb@gmu.edu.

Engage with our talented students and faculty, enjoy delicious food and drink, and even take home art, all in support of much needed student scholarships and funds for visiting artists!

Off the Wall provides an opportunity to engage with our talented students and faculty, enjoy delicious food and drink, and even take home art, all in support of much needed student scholarships and funds for visiting artists!

ARTS by George!

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.

For more information, email Susan Graziano (sglomb@gmu.edu) Director of Development, Fairfax Programs, or call 703-993-4188.

ARTS By George! event

ARTS by George! event at the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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