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February 10, 2009
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 A 24-hour festival of theater, art, music, film and dance activities

Feb. 20, 2009 starting 8 a.m. at B200 Fine Arts Building on Mason’s Fairfax campus


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 9, 2009George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is honored to present the inaugural MAKING CONNECTIONS ARTS MARATHON on Feb. 20 at 8 a.m., a 24 hour festival of interactive open studios, renewal, conversations, reflection, food and fun, featuring THE RASA BOX ACTING PROJECT with New York artist PAULA MURRAY COLE. The marathon will give members of the university community and the public the opportunity to participate in creative experiences, including an inspirational acting class lead by Murray Cole, and hands-on studio activities led by CVPA faculty and students in a progression of open house music, theater, dance and art studio settings. The marathon will be followed by a “Parade to the Point” beginning at Mason on Saturday Feb. 21 at 10 a.m., and follow the sidewalk along University Drive to open the “Point in Space Gallery,” generously sponsored by Kimco Realty. All events are FREE, non-ticketed and open to the public.

The marathon is organized by a faculty and student committee led by Ken Elston, assistant professor in the Department of Theater, and Helen Frederick, associate professor in the Department of Art and Visual Technology (AVT). Frederick and Elston are both excited about this first marathon offering. “This festival offers students, faculty, alumni and the public expanded experiences ranging from movement, image-making, music and reflection,” Frederick said. “Combine this with going non-stop for 24 hours with some of Mason’s finest faculty, a master visiting artist and fabulous students, and you have a truly unique experience.”

Marathon participants have a wide range of creative experiences from which to choose. They can try their hand at crafting meaningful images via photography, printmaking and digital animation; dance to Afro-Cuban music; explore an open class choreography session, improvisational music and performance; and attend a live audience television taping of GMU-TV’s “Studio A,” featuring Center for the Arts Artistic Director Rick Davis interviewing Hollywood agent/lawyer Eric Weissman, who has worked with Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and Gene Wilder, among others. This all night creative celebration in the College of Visual and Performing Arts initiates 2009 with panoply of bustling activities and interpersonal connections, as well as a time for inner reflections.

Paula Murray Cole will be leading participants and observers in RasaBoxes workshops. Rasaboxes trains participants to work holistically to physically express eight key emotions first identified in the "Natyasastra," a Sanskrit text that focuses on theater, dance and music. While a balance in rasas theoretically leads to “santa” (peace, bliss), an exploration of this accessible approach to performance produces work that is visceral and integrates acting, movement and voice to engage the whole performer. The possibilities of rasaboxes are endless, and for the marathon, Murray Cole will establish a framework for the fun-filled activities by developing a process for participant’s conscious physical and emotional relationship to the environment and each other. This context will be carried into each activity throughout the day. Murray Cole will present the RasaBoxes workshop twice in the day, from noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Friday in TheatreSpace in the Performing Arts Building A105.

The evening hours of the marathon are designed for participants to enjoy cinema, witness students presenting their experimental projects, or simply relax and partake of food and conversation. Creative stretches, dance, yoga rituals and a rejuvenating Sunrise Burning Bowl ceremony are some of the highlights of the festival.

After the closing ceremony for the festival at dawn, everyone is welcome to enjoy a moment of rest before joining the 10 a.m. “Parade to the Point” on Saturday, Feb. 21, traveling along the sidewalks from campus to the new Point in Space Gallery in Old Town Fairfax. This colorful promenade will, like the Pied Piper, invite more revelers along the way. The parade will end at University and North Street for the opening moment of the gallery, which will feature work by Mason Art and Visual Technology students. Point in Space Gallery is generously sponsored by Kimco Realty in Old Town Fairfax. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.



(Information and final schedules will be available in the Johnson Center (on Mason’s Fairfax Campus) at a MAKING CONNECTIONS kiosk on February 20.)


Noon-2 p.m.

5-7 p.m.

Theater Space in Performing Arts Building A105.



8-10 a.m.

Printmaking - Print a monoprint of colorful movement.

Later in the night these prints will be collected into an artist book (see midnight on)

Faculty and students, B200 Fine Arts Building


10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sculpture – Make a kinetic sculpture.

Adam Bradley (faculty), B108 Fine Arts Building


12-2 p.m.

Photography - Take an expressive self-portrait wearing a mask.

Sue Wrbican (faculty), B 213 Fine Arts Building


2-4 p.m.


Susan Serafin (faculty)

Gallery 123 in Johnson Center


4-6 p.m.

Master of Art Education: ReACT to Art
MAT in Art Education graduate students will lead you through an array of ways to explore art more deeply through multiple intelligences, including visual, kinesthetic, music, and verbal. Learn how to use a FTC Palette to decode all kinds of art.  Come join us for some fun reACTIONS to art using your senses!

Mary delPopolo (faculty), Maria Burke, Student Assistant, B 204 Fine Arts Building


6-8 p.m.

Digital Arts - Create an animation.

Sean Watkins (faculty), B206 Fine Arts Building


8-10 p.m.

Drawing: “Search for Identity”

Maria Karemetou (faculty), TBD, Fine Arts Building


Collaborative Project: Participants will draw “free style” a life-size figure of themselves centering around the concept of Identity (personal, cultural, etc). The drawings will be juxtaposed one next to the other on the wall to present a continuous “mural,” which will be digitally documented.


10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Graphic Design - Create a headline

(Don Starr (faculty), Space TBD



“Social (After) Hour”

An informal get-together to talk about Art in all its forms, meet new people and enjoy refreshments.

B111 College Hall (drawing room) and B 108 (sculpture) Fine Arts Building


12 a.m.

Put together a commemorative artist book from the day’s celebration.

Helen Frederick (faculty), Johanna Mueller (graduate student) and advanced printmaking students,

B200 Fine Arts Building


OPEN DANCE AND MUSIC STUDIOS (All events take place in PAB A10, the Black Box studio)

9-10:15 a.m.

Participating Intermediate Modern Technique class

Connie Dinapoli (faculty)


10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Observation of Advanced Modern Technique class

Karen Reedy (faculty)


10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Dance Appreciation – open class

Boris Willis (faculty)


4:15-5:00 p.m.

Open salsa class

For any and all in the JC Studio following the end of 119 class

Jim Lepore (faculty)


7:30-8:15 p.m.

Belly Dancing Class

Ahmad Maaty (student)


8:15-9:00 p.m.

Cambodian Dance Class

Setarra Kennedy (student)


9:00-9:45 p.m.


Noelle Snyder (student)


9:45-10:45 p.m.

Guided Improvisation

Prentice Whitlow (student)


1-4 a.m.


Adriane Fang (faculty)



(Schedule forthcoming)



LA Theatre Works presents
“The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial”
Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Friday, February 20, 8 p.m.

$38, $30, $19
Free GMU student tickets available - limited quantity



Eric Weissmann is a Hollywood agent/lawyer who has represented actors including Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner, directors including Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese, and writers including Gene Wilder. The event will occur as follows.


Studio A rundown:

Location:  GMU-TV - 4th Floor Innovation Hall

2:00 p.m. Eric Weissmann arrives

2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Audience seated

We stop seating at 3 p.m.

3:15-3:45 p.m. Taping

3:45 p.m. - Audience questions after the camera are off.

4:00 p.m. Reception


Audience members need to dress appropriately. There are times when they will be on camera. To see past Studio As, please visit:

Rick Davis is the host.


Everyone will be given two sheets of paper. One sheet of paper is for writing down discoveries of those aspects of our lives participants want to let go and change – old things we wanted to let release into the atmosphere. The second sheet of paper is for writing down the new things we wanted to attract into our lives to replace the old things we were releasing. The paper with the new things we desired in our lives will be kept (maybe we can put into a self-addressed envelope that we can mail back later). The paper with the old things will be transmuted into the light as we set fire and energy in a literal burning. There will be some group movement, communication, meditation accompanying the event and best wishes expressed at the close. It is the intent of the organizers to share the artifacts of the past 24 hours at this time, as well.


All artists and musicians and anyone wishing to participate in the parade will assemble at 10 a.m. in the GMU Fairfax Lot H and follow a course along the sidewalks University Drive into Old Town Fairfax. The parade will be a single file procession, allowing for more people to join from the community in a Pied Piper fashion. The parade will end at the location of  “Point in Space Gallery,” located at University and North, just down the block from the Metro Diner.  


The Making Connections Marathon is FREE, non-ticketed and open to the public and take place at George Mason University’s Fine Arts Building, Performing Arts Building and the Johnson Center. For information, call  (703) 993-8898. The Fine Arts and Performing Arts buildings are  located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall. Visit for more information on this and other Center for the Arts events.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians, and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.