The College of Visual & Performing Arts at George Mason University (CVPA) was formed in 2001 to unify the various academic and professional arts programs previously housed in various units across the university. CVPA is dedicated to advancing the study, creation, performance, and exhibition of the arts acting on its belief in the potential of the arts to transform individuals and societies.
CVPA serves over 1,400 majors pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Schools of Art, Dance, Music, and Theater, as well as programs in Arts Management, Computer Game Design, and Film and Video Studies.
CVPA also plays a significant role in campus life by offering participatory arts experiences for majors and non majors, offering a wide range of general education courses, and enlivening the cultural landscape of Northern Virginia with a full schedule of performances and exhibitions. As GMU’s Fairfax campus becomes increasingly residential, CVPA continually expands its contribution to the “spirit” of the university community.
CVPA honors the great traditions in the arts, while actively engaging in the creation of new works and ideas. These fusions of the academic and the professional, the campus and the community, the past and the present define the College as it moves into its second decade of growth and discovery.
To help CVPA expand to serve all of GMU’s arts students under one roof, the Foundation supported a 31,000-square-foot addition. The de Laski Performing Arts Building creates much-needed space for the growing Schools of Music and Dance and helps attract and retain high-quality students and faculty to Mason. The addition creates more flexibility and opportunities for the music and dance programs to expand. It includes a 5,000-square-foot instrumental rehearsal hall, which can accommodate orchestras, band and choruses of up to 250 people; two 2,500-square-foot dance studios; a percussion studio; a suite where the performing arts medicine clinic operates to serve all CVPA students; and instrument storage facilities. Dedicated to fostering students studying in the performing arts, the Foundation also created a scholarship endowment for music, dance, and theater students, helping arts students gain access to CVPA’s strong programs.