Signature Events

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

Support the Next Generation of Artists

Gala Dance Fête

Join us each Spring for a special, insider-view event before the School of Dance’s annual Gala Dance 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 information, please contact the CVPA Development Team at 703-993-3872.

Arts Emerging: A Celebration of Renewal

Saturday, September 25, 2021 
5 - 9 p.m. 

Holton Plaza and Center for the Arts 
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus 

Welcome back to campus for a one-night only family-friendly extravaganza full of arts, food, and community to celebrate the return of the arts to campus and the 20th anniversary of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts! 

Proceeds support student scholarships in Mason’s College of Visual Performing Arts, Mason Community Arts Academy, Green Machine Ensembles, and the Great Performances at Mason season at the Center for the Arts

  • Family-friendly 
  • Student and alumni showcases and exhibitions 
  • CVPA photos and video memories 
  • Food and beverage available for purchase  

Fans of ARTS by George!, please know that ARTS by George! will return in September 2022 in its usual form. 

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ARTS by George!

Center for the Arts, Fairfax Campus

Each September, the seven academic disciplines in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Mason Community Arts Academy, and the Green Machine Ensembles join forces to present the annual ARTS by George! benefit to raise funds for student scholarships and community arts programs.

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 $1.7 million since it began in 2006.

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.