CVPA Students Discuss Arts in the Real World

Posted: February 17, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

Mason students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) who wish to discuss the challenges and opportunities of navigating the arts profession can participate in a CVPA student career evening, Arts in the Real World.

Current CVPA students will be able to speak with CVPA alumni and other arts professionals at the event in Mason Hall on the Fairfax Campus Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

“Arts in the Real World is a valuable opportunity for students to receive career advice first hand from alumni who have gone through the same academic programs and can relate to students’ anxieties about entering the workforce,” says Leticia Moreno, development manager for CVPA.

Throughout the evening, a dinner buffet will be provided in the Mason Hall Alumni Atrium. Information tables will represent each of the CVPA disciplines: art and visual technology, dance, music, theater, film and visual studies, and arts management. Information about job and internship opportunities, as well as career tracks for graduates will also be available.

The panel discussion will take place in the Mason Hall Meese Conference room with time afterwards for question and answer sessions and informal networking. CVPA alumni from each discipline will share real-life stories about various artists and arts managers and how to network in the arts. Panelists include

– Richard Weinberg, MA Arts Management ‘06

– Katie Mason, BFA Dance ‘07

– Lisa McCarty, BFA Graphic Design ‘05

– Lee Umali, BFA Graphic Information Design ‘05

– Amy Hard, BA Theater ‘00

– Laura Scheidt, BM Music Education ‘07

– Aundi Moore, BM Music Performance ’03

– Arik Cohen, BA Film and Video Studies ‘08

This is the fourth annual career panel sponsored by the CVPA Alumni Chapter and University Career Services.

For more information, contact Moreno at 703-993-4749 or

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