College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University


As a premier destination for the arts in Northern Virginia, the Center for the Arts presents some of today's most talented artists, from promising students to internationally-acclaimed stars.

outside the Center for the Arts

Relaxing on the lawn outside the Center for the Arts

The Best of the Performing Arts

The Center for the Arts is the centerpiece of performing arts on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Each year, the Center welcomes hundreds of thousands of community members into its 2000-seat Concert Hall for performances by renowned professional artists, accomplished faculty, and emerging student artists. Great Performances at Mason, an annual season of national and international artists, features the best of classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, theater, global music and dance, and more. As a part of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Center hosts many student and faculty performances presented by the Schools of MusicTheater, and Dance. The Center for the Arts is also the performing home for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

Our Mission

The Center for the Arts is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), whose mission is to make the arts an intrinsic part of the lives of every George Mason University student and area resident. The Great Performances at Mason season is integral to the College's mission, providing a diverse program of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the entire University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Our Goal

The College’s professional presenting division plays an important role in enriching the academic programs across the University through performances that examine important issues and bring global cultures to Mason. Each year, CVPA students have opportunities to interact with artists from the Great Performances at Mason season through master classes and residencies. Through the Free Tickets for Mason Students program, all Mason students are invited to experience the many inspiring performances at the Center.