IOA Undergoes Changes in Management, Organization

Posted: May 2, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The direction and scope of the Institute of the Arts (IOA) have been changing rapidly, and these changes prompt both some shifts in management structure and a broader review of the institute’s title and organization. As part of this reorganization, Betsy Brininger, current director of the Institute of the Arts, is shifting to a position as director of the Center for the Arts within the institute, beginning later this month.

Since its formation in 1990, the Institute of the Arts has fulfilled its mission to make the arts an intrinsic part of all students’ university experience; to develop audiences within and outside the university that are knowledgeable and passionate about the arts and broadly representative of the area’s diverse communities; and to support artists and new works, with emphasis on multicultural and global perspectives. In response to the continued rapid growth of the Institute of the Arts, and in keeping with recent efforts to expand the scope, quality, and visibility of George Mason’s preeminent programs, a planning process for a re-conceived structure for the arts is being initiated.

An interim director of the institute will be selected to lead the efforts to create an environment more appropriate to the size and demands of the faculty and students in the growing academic divisions of Art and Visual Technologies, Dance, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts, and Theater. A committee will be established to consider the institute’s organization and, subsequently, to start a search for a new director or dean.

As director of the Center for the Arts, Brininger will continue to be responsible for the multifaceted program of performances–students, faculty members, and visiting artists; residency activities; student audience development programs; local school programs and “adoptions”; outreach activities; community volunteer groups; and facility management. She will participate in fundraising activities and explore new initiatives with the Prince William Campus and in the area of arts management. In collaboration with this new leadership team, the faculty and staff of the institute will work closely during the coming year on this exciting transition.

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