Multimedia Performance Studio Receives Funding for New Stage Technology

Posted: October 5, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded $125,000 to the Multimedia Performance Studio (MPS), a component of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts’ division of Art and Visual Technology. The grant will support the development of new performance technology through the New Stage Technology Project.

The MPS award is one of the NEA’s recently announced 2001 “Resources for Change” grant awards. The marriage of both vital artistic freedom and technology is at the heart of Mason’s Multimedia Performance Studio’s mission. “We are excited about this opportunity to develop and explore intensively the uses to which new technologies can be put in creating a new form of stage work for a new century,” says MPS director Kirby Malone.

The award, one of the largest government grants received to date by the college, serves as further validation for the college’s interdisciplinary mission to integrate the traditional creation of arts with new technologies and media.

“This grant is both an affirmation and an inspiration,” says William Reeder, dean of the college. “We anticipate that the discoveries of the MPS will infuse dynamic energy into new ways of working with art, and in the production of new art.”

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