College of Visual and Performing Arts Proposed

Posted: September 21, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo

Faculty members gathered yesterday at a town hall meeting to show support for a proposal that would create a College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at George Mason. The CVPA would unite the arts disciplines into a single, strong, prominent, academically rigorous unit and merge the Institute of the Arts, the Center for the Arts, and the Music Department, which is currently housed under the College of Arts and Sciences.

In an informal interview Friday, Provost Peter Stearns said he supports the current proposal for three reasons. “First, it clarifies the relationship between the academic and performing units, it also brings music together with the other arts, and it acknowledges the rapid enrollment growth in the arts,” he says. Enrollment in the arts programs (i.e., academic programs within the divisions of Art and Visual Technologies, Dance, Theater, and the Department of Music) has increased by more than 70 percent from 1996 to 1999 to a total of 665 students.

Under the proposal, the CVPA would become home to the departments of Dance, Theater, Music, and Art and Visual Technologies, which includes InterArts (Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts), as well as the Center for the Arts, the Theater of the First Amendment, the Internet Multimedia Center and Multimedia Performance Studio, the Gallery Program, and other academic and performing units to be developed.

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