CVPA Breaks Ground for Performing Arts Building Addition

Posted: June 29, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 29, 2009 at 8:30 am

By Dave Andrews

The Mason community is invited to a groundbreaking for the addition of the Donald and Nancy de Laski Performing Arts Center on the Fairfax Campus.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, near the George Mason statue. Mason President Alan Merten and administrators from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) will make remarks.

The 31,000-square-foot addition will give the ever-expanding dance and music departments some much-needed breathing room. New dance and percussion studios, as well as an orchestra and band rehearsal hall, will be an asset to the university and the community.

Administrators predict that Mason will have an even greater ability to attract and retain high-quality students and faculty as a result of the new space.

“Our dance program is one of the most selective programs at Mason,” says Brian Marcus, associate dean of CVPA. “It’s a nationally respected program because of the quality of our faculty. But having brand-new facilities surely puts us in an even better position and will allow us to get accreditation.”

The addition is expected to be completed by summer 2010.

Donald de Laski and his late wife, Nancy, have been longtime supporters of Mason and the arts, with a keen interest in helping young people pursue their talents. The de Laskis created a new scholarship endowment for music, dance and theater students and helped launch a summer music academy.

Donald de Laski serves on the George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees and Nancy de Laski, who passed away on June 19, served on the Arts at Mason board.

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