The Center for the Arts is the heart of performing arts on Mason's Fairfax Campus. The center showcases national and international artists, as well as accomplished faculty members and emerging student artists. This is made possible by the support of donors and sponsors.

Every gift makes a difference.

Ticket sales cover just a part of the cost of bringing internationally-acclaimed artists to the Center for the Arts, which means we must rely on the generosity of donors like you to ensure the Center for the Arts is able to provide our community with world-class arts experiences and education for years to come!

For more information about giving to the Center for the Arts, contact Angel Olson at

Support Cultural Arts Experiences for the Community

A Mason Arts venue, the Center for the Arts is the centerpiece of performing arts on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. Each year, the Center welcomes hundreds of thousands of community members into its nearly 2,000-seat Concert Hall. The Center presents an annual season of national and international professional artists through its Great Performance at Mason Series and Family Series—offering the best of classical music, opera, jazz, global music, dance, theater, and more. 

Managed by Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Center hosts many student and faculty performances presented by the Schools of MusicTheater, and Dance and supports the events of the School of ArtFilm and Video StudiesComputer Game Design, and Arts Management programs. The Center brings distinguished visiting artists as Mason Artists-in-Residence for extended engagements designed to engage and inspire diverse audiences both on and off campus. Enjoy the arts from anywhere with Mason Arts Amplified. The Center for the Arts serves as a performance home for many community arts organizations in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Arts by George with Renee Elise Goldsberry

Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, Renée Elise Goldsberry (center) is joined onstage during the ARTS by George! headliner concert in 2023, by Mason School of Theater students.

Support Arts Opportunities for Mason Students

  • Free tickets: Mason students can get free tickets for more than 100 performances at the Center for the Arts and the Hylton Center.
  • Perform on professional stages: Mason students perform music, dance, and theater in the 2000-seat Concert Hall.
  • Experience world-class performances.
  • Learn from today's top artists: Mason Arts students learn from the best in master classes presented by musicians, dancers, and actors performing at the Center for the Arts.
  • Internship Opportunities: Mason students studying anything from arts management to theater to communications may apply for internships at the Center.

Rick Davis teaches an Honors College class about the American Railroad in conjuntion with Silkroad Ensemble's three year residency

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