The College of Visual and Performing Arts Alumni Cocktails and Conversations with Dean Rick Davis returns with three new events in spring 2021. The live, digital conversations showcase CVPA alumni across the world in addition to career resources for multiple art forms and roles in the arts.

For the March 29 event, artist educators reflect on one year of challenges and opportunities of virtual arts instruction, and what lies ahead. The featured guests will be Jennifer Tsukayama (School of Dance) Vice President, Arts Education of New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Maria Cuzzocrea Burke (School of Art) Founder and Art + Design Educator of Emergent Design Studio and Art Teacher at Yorktown High School in Arlington, VA; and Jordan Daugherty (School of Dance) Dance Instructor at Center City Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C.

Creative industry careers are arguably some of the most challenging in normal times, and the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new level of uncertainty. Whether you’re a freelancer losing work, a teacher adapting to virtual instruction, or an arts administrator cancelling or reimagining programming, we face new challenges but also opportunities to conduct our work in new ways. Hear from industry experts within the CVPA community about how they are thriving and moving forward in their careers.

How to Watch

This event will be available to watch beginning Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m. EST simultaneously on this webpage, the Center for the Arts Facebook page, and YouTube channel.


You can give back to future arts leaders by supporting their educations. Gifts of any size to the arts management scholarship fund are deeply appreciated. Make a gift.

Image from left, clockwise: Jennifer Tsukayama, Maria Cuzzocrea Burke and Jordan Daugherty