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Update from the Center for the Arts

June 8, 2020

During the past several months, with our stages dark, the Center for the Arts has held closely to our belief that the arts create community. We have missed seeing you in person, but we have been so grateful to spend time with you virtually through our Mason Arts at Home programming.

Meanwhile, we’ve been eagerly waiting to be able to unveil the 30th Anniversary Season. However, after much careful consideration in coordination with George Mason University, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our presentation of traditional, live, professional performances inside our spaces through the end of 2020. Current ticketholders for events scheduled in fall 2020 will be contacted with ticket options as soon as information is available regarding either postponements or cancellations.

The Center for the Arts prioritizes the safety of our patrons, artists, students, and staff. Beyond this, we are committed to presenting artistic experiences of the highest caliber. Growing uncertainty around the ability to ensure both of these priorities has led us to this decision to wait until 2021 to resume our typical series of performances in our venues.

Although the season will not begin this fall as we had originally envisioned, we are working with the artists who were supposed to grace our stages, in an effort to bring them back in the future. We are also pursuing creative opportunities for digital programming, as well as exploring safe and artistically satisfying options for in-person programming for the remainder of 2020. 

Join Us for a Virtual Conversation with the Center

We will continue to update you about what to expect from the Center in the coming months. In the meantime, please plan to join us for Looking Ahead: A Conversation with the Center for the Arts on June 23, when we will share more about this decision with you, and engage in a discussion of the state of the arts, answering your questions (whether submitted in advance or in real time) as we go.

Help us Move Forward

Coming together to create our community may look different in the coming months, but we remain deeply grateful for your ongoing support and patience as we carefully navigate this time together.  

Though our stages are dark for the moment, we are hard at work in both the digital realm and in planning for a return to live performance as soon as it is safe and feasible.  So your gift ensures that the Center for the Arts can continue to thrive by offering diverse programs, commissioning new works from our alumni, and allowing artists to directly interact with our students and our community. Your donation of any amount makes a difference and is deeply appreciated. Make a gift.

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