ARTS by George!

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Returning Saturday, September 30, 2023

Save the date for the annual ARTS by George! on Saturday, September 30, 2023! This annual benefit event supports student scholarships at George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Mason Community Arts AcademyGreen Machine Ensembles, and the Great Performances at Mason season at the Center for the Arts.

ARTS by George! has raised more than $2 million since it began in 2006. The evening begins by showcasing the remarkable talents of Mason students amid an array of spectacular food and beverages, and culminates with a an exciting headliner performance in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

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Renée Elise Goldsberry
Featuring Renée Elise Goldsberry in Concert

Tony-, GRAMMY-, and Emmy Award-winning star of stage and screen Renée Elise Goldsberry takes centerstage as the 2023 ARTS by George! headliner in a dazzling concert featuring Broadway hits and American songbook classics. “A sparkplug of musical wit and vitality” (The New York Times), Goldsberry is best known for her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton. As a member of the original cast, she also received a GRAMMY Award when the original cast album won Best Musical Theater Album in 2016, featuring her show-stopping rendition of “Satisfied.” In addition to her Broadway appearances in The Color Purple, Lion King, and Rent, audiences will also recognize Goldsberry for her many television roles on shows including ABC’s One Life to Live, CBS’s The Good Wife, Peacock’s Girls5eva, and Disney+’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. There is no doubt this performance will leave you more than “satisfied” with Goldsberry’s “commanding power, laced with vulnerability” (Houstonian).

ARTS by George! Sponsors

as of May 23, 2023

Presenting Sponsor

Sandy Spring Bank

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Executive Producer

Carolyn Peterson and the Peterson Family Foundation
Robert K. Purks


John and Annie Bolger
Steven Golsch and Jim Nedohon
Nancy Jean-Louis


Dr. Rick Davis and Ms. Julie Thompson



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Matthew Morris and Shelby Olson
Rick and Phoebe Peterson
Richard W. Averill Foundation
Mary and Ed Zigo


Art Fraud Insights, LLC

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Leroy R. Barnes, Jr.
Linda Beckman
Vanessa Blair-Lewis
Dianne and Gerard Blais and Mack and Paulette Miller
Jerry Bridges and Sally Turner
Pat and Pat Carroll and Rob and Ida Portland
Lavern Chatman
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia/John and Nina Toups Charitable Fund 
Dr. Bernadette Dunham and Dr. Raymond Petryshn
Joyce Grimes
Molly Grimsley
Arthur and Linda Hamerschlag
Linda and Harlan Harber
Shirley Joyce
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Kanyan
Linda and Buford Lewis
Limelight Insights by Shugoll

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Kimberly Macedo
Vince and Carolyn Modugno
Don and Sonja Palomaki and Bob and Pat Warakomsky
Pure Barre Fairfax

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Roberta Roumel
Dr. Victoria N. Salmon and Mr. John J. Salmon
Dr. Peter N. Stearns and Ms. Donna L. Kidd
Annabelle and David Stone
Weiner, Spivey & Miller PC


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Workhouse Arts Center

Watch a virtual presentation of ARTS by George! in 2020

Below: Highlights from the 14th annual ARTS by George!

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Patrons enjoying a break at the Kustard Bar
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Live Auction at Arts by George 2019
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Guests explore the silent auction offerings.
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Tempting food displays in the George's tent
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Audra McDonald and CVPA Dean, Rick Davis, at champagne reception
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School of Theater students perform excerpts from "Rags."
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Jazz vocal students entertain the guests.
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Mason Doctoral student
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School of Art students showcase screen printing techniques.
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Display by School of Dance freshmen
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Performance by Mason Community Arts Academy musicians