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Mason Arts at Home

Mason Arts at Home brings you livestreamed performances, releases of previously recorded content, as well as interactive activities from across the college. Learn more about the initiative. Inspired by Mason Arts at Home? Consider making a gift toward future performances, exhibitions, or emergency student relief.

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The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices with Theresa Ruth Howard and Nicole Brewer

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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“The only way to make the world a better place, is to be better people in it,” shared prolific dance choreographer, industry expert, and author Theresa Ruth Howard. The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices is pleased to host Howard along with anti-racist theater advocate Nicole Brewer fo...Read More


Alabaster

Friday, Dec 04, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Written by Audrey Cefaly

Staged reading, directed by Rachel Sharp

A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist on a small farm in North Alabama. This intimate portrait explores the meaning an...Read More


A Chanticleer Christmas

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Join us in our tradition of ushering in the holiday season with peace, joy, and a cappella, with a specially recorded digital performance by Chanticleer! With their signature harmonic blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass, this festive holiday program features American...Read More


Running To and Toward: A Dance Film by Hope Boykin

Thursday, Dec 10, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

A Dance Film (World Premiere) by Hope Boykin and the Mason School of Dance

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“There are no limits to how we can make, build, and bring dance to the lovers of our art form; the lock is broken, and the lid thrown away.” -Hope Boykin

Through the efforts of HopeBoykinDance, Boykin is a creator, m...Read More


Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music Holiday Concert

Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

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Join us for a joyous virtual concert by the Dewberry School of Music as we ring in the holiday season! Showcasing Mason's outstanding ensembles, this evening will feature traditional holiday favorites and festive new works performed by extraordinary student artists.

This event will be strea...Read More


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas

Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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A Celtic Family Christmas

Champion fiddlers Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, and their seven children welcome us directly into their home to experience Christmas with them like never before through a virtual performance. Join their family as they invite you into their home for Celti...Read More


Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Mason Artist-in-Residence 

As the world’s first holiday show highlighting the African American tradition of stepping, Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is a feast for the eyes and ears! Step Afrika!’s fabulous and furry friends from the Arctic Kingdom—Popper the Penguin along...Read More


Past Events

30th Anniversary Season Announcement

Thursday, Aug 27, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Center for the Arts

We’re unveiling the 30th Anniversary Season! Join Director of Programming Adrienne Bryant Godwin and Dean of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Rick Davis for this live, virtual event announcing exciting in-person performances on the Fairfax campus, as well as new programming for Mason Ar...Read More


Visual Voices: D. Dominick Lombardi - "Resilience and Focus

Thursday, Sep 10, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Art

The George Mason University School of Art Visual Voices Colloquium is a professional lecture series that invites nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design to students and the community at large. Presented in a digital format this F...Read More


Grand Piano Celebration*

Sunday, Sep 13, 2020 3:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: All online

Get ready for an afternoon of joyous music during Mason’s own “All-Steinway” event, featuring livestreamed and recorded performances. Showcasing the Dewberry School of Music's extraordinary student and faculty artists, and including a tribute by Mason President Gregory Washington, this concert celeb...Read More


Black Lives Matter: Parkland Rising (2020) with producer Sara Ramaker and director Cheryl McDonough

Monday, Sep 21, 2020 1:30pm
Location: Virtual Event

Visiting Filmmakers Series Online: Black Lives Matter
Parkland Rising (2020) with producer Sara Ramaker and director Cheryl McDonough. Host: Rose Pascarell, Vice President, University Life.

To learn more about the artists and join the discussion, visit here

Contact:
Abbesi Akhamie, College of Visual an...Read More


Visual Voices: Steve Rost - Channeling the Flaneur and other stories

Thursday, Sep 24, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Art

The George Mason University School of Art Visual Voices Colloquium is a professional lecture series that invites nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design to students and the community at large. Presented in a digital format this ...Read More


A Celebration of ARTS By George!

Saturday, Sep 26, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Join us online for an e-vening like no other with A Celebration of ARTS by George! on Saturday, September 26. Streamed live on social media and GMU-TV, the event will take a look back at the tremendous success of ARTS by George! over the past 14 years. Since 2006, ARTS by George! ha...Read More


Fall for the Book: Everything Inside: A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

Personal, intimate, and brimming with wisdom, Edwidge Danticat’s collection, "Everything Inside: Stories" follows people on the brink of life-changing events: love is found in an unexpected place, a woman struggles to keep hope alive as she fights for her life, and a man struggles to confront his li...Read More


Dance Masterclass with Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano

Thursday, Oct 01, 2020 6:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are thrilled to share a FREE masterclass with the talented company Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano. Lara C. Garcia and Israel A. Rivas will demonstrate choreography, including movement from “El Jarabe Tapatio.” Due to COVID, the com...Read More


Alumni Artist Support Initiative: In Conversation with Kwanza Nicole Gooden

Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

In spring 2020, Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts launched the Alumni Artist Support Initiative, a concerted effort to assist alumni during a time of uncertainty and financial constraints. Film and Video Studies alum Kwanza Nicole Gooden (‘13) received one of the Initiative’s seven award...Read More


Visual Voices: Agustina Woodgate - "Critical Circulation"

Thursday, Oct 08, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Art

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The George Mason University School of Art Visual Voices Colloquium is a professional lecture series that invites nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design to students and the community at large. Presented in a digital for...Read More


Hookman

Friday, Oct 09, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Theater

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Written by Lauren Yee
Staged reading, directed by Julia Rudgers

The Mason Players present a staged reading of Hookman—an existential slasher comedy! Freshman year at college is hard, especially when there is a hook-handed serial killer on the loose. But if Lexi can discover what really happen...Read More


CANCELLED: Cirque FLIP Fabrique Six°

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 1:00pm
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 4:00pm
Presented By: Center for the Arts Outdoor Concerts

Cirque FLIP Fabrique Six°, scheduled for October 17, has been cancelled. This performance will not be rescheduled or replaced. Ticket holders will be contacted regarding options for their tickets.

Bring the entire family for a thrilling live outdoor performance in front of the Center for the Arts on...Read More


The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices with Bree Newsome

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Join filmmaker, musician, speaker, and activist Bree Newsome for a conversation as part of The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices—a speaker series that provides an opportunity for Mason students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater community, to engage in dialogue around creativ...Read More


Visual Voices: Adriana Ospina - "Working at the Art Museum of the Americas - Latin America and Diplomacy"

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Art

The George Mason University School of Art Visual Voices Colloquium is a professional lecture series that invites nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design to students and the community at large. Presented in a digital format this F...Read More


Gaining Ground: A Celebration of Diverse Voices in Musical Theater

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Theater

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A Musical Revue
Conceived and directed by James Gardiner, Erin Gardiner, and musical director Joe Walsh

In the spirit of The Season of Jubilee, a yearlong celebration of uniting in joyful responsibility and change, The Mason Players have gathered songs by BIPOC and/or women composers and lyr...Read More


CANCELLED: Cameron Carpenter: All You Need is Bach

Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 5:00pm
This performance by Cameron Carpenter, scheduled for October 24, has been cancelled. This performance will not be rescheduled or replaced. Ticket holders will be contacted regarding options for their tickets.

Cameron Carpenter is a game changer in classical music, and during these unprecedented time...Read More


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: with Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Sunday, Oct 25, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

Front Row: National
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Mozart: Concerto in D minor for Piano, Flute, and Strings, K. 466
Smetana: Trio in G minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 15

The Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center are pleased to present Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Cente...Read More


Visiting Filmmakers Series Online: Black Lives Matter: Melissa Haizlip with Mr. SOUL!

Monday, Oct 26, 2020 1:30pm
Location: Virtual Event

Visiting Filmmakers Series Online: Black Lives Matter: Melissa Haizlip with Mr. SOUL! Discussion with filmmaker, online screener of film available before the session.

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Contact: Abbesi Akhamie, Film at Mason, aakhamie@gmu.edu, (703) 993-3287

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Alumni Artist Support Initative: In Conversation with Paul Chinen

Friday, Nov 06, 2020 12:30pm
Location: Virtual Event, Virtual Event Zoom
Presented By: Mason Arts at Home

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The College of Visual and Performing Arts launched the Alumni Artist Support Initiative in Spring 2020 to assist Mason alumni during a time of uncertainty and financial constraints. Seven alumni received awards towards future projects including Dr. Paul Alan Chinen, School of Music ’14. Maso...Read More


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: featuring Michael Brown, piano

Sunday, Nov 08, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Front Row: National
Michael Brown, piano

Barber: Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 28
Brown: Prelude and Dance for Cello and Piano
Mendelssohn: Sextet in D major for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Bass, Op. 110

This performance streamed here from November 8 at 7 p.m. through Novemb...Read More


Mason Artist-in-Residence Third Coast Percussion: A Discussion on Entrepreneurship in the Arts

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason Arts at Home

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Join the Grammy ® Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion for a livestreamed conversation exploring how the artist-run ensemble is managed and the unique ways they are innovating during the era of COVID-19. The ensemble, known for using traditional instruments like xylophones, marimba...Read More


Dancing Conversations: Lil Buck, Jon Boogz, and Third Coast Percussion

Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 5:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason Arts at Home

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Join the Center for the Arts and the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron) for a panel discussion with Grammy® Award-winning Third Coast Percussion’s David Skidmore and Movement Art Is Lil Buck and Jon Boogz. This live conversation will focus on Metamorphos...Read More


Jazz 4 Justice™

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

Jazz4Justice™ and Justice for Jazz. 

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Established in 2001 by Fairfax, Virginia attorney Edward L. Weiner, Esq. and Founder of Mason Jazz Studies, Jim Carroll, Jazz 4 Justice is an award-winning annual concert presented by Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) and Mason Jazz Studies. Th...Read More


Mason Players' Originals! Part 1 and Part 2

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 7:00pm
Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Theater

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Part One: 7 p.m. / Part Two: 8 p.m. 

A series of plays and presentations, each 10 minutes in length, that showcases The Mason Players’ student writers and creative artists. The performances are pre-recorded and will premiere in two parts. 

The performances will be streamed simultaneously on...Read More