Donor Spotlight: Meet Our Supporters

We’re shining a light on some of our producer and ambassador-level supporters. Get to know the people who give to the Moss as we celebrate them and their generosity with these short profiles.

MELINDA TALLEY, who lives in Blacksburg, Virginia

What's your favorite Moss Arts Center memory or experience?
The first time I attended a performance at the Moss Arts Center—Yo-Yo Ma. My husband and I remember the first time we saw him, which was when Leonard Bernstein introduced Yo-Yo Ma to President Kennedy in 1962. He was the same age as me!  

Why are the arts important to you?
I come from a family of creative people that produced their own art: quilters, painters, woodworkers, seamstresses, gardeners, musicians, and not-so-good singers. Growing up in a rural setting, we as children and young adults created our own entertainment and were encouraged by our family.

Why should Virginia Tech students attend Moss Arts Center performances, exhibitions, and engagement activities? 
For engagement, to broaden one’s horizon, spark your own creative talents, and enrich one's lives with new experiences.

What does the Moss Arts Center bring to the community?
It opens up the minds and engage the community into a world that you would otherwise not experience.

What inspires you to support the Moss?
After attending my first performance at the Moss Arts Center, I was hooked. The acoustics were phenomenal. To have the center located in southwest Virginia has opened the doors to those like me that otherwise would have to travel hours to attend performances by such great artists and performers as Yo-Yo Ma and Flip Fabrique, to name a few. I am amazed each time I enter the center and see the exhibitions of talented artists and sculptors.

Become a Donor

Support the Moss Arts Center as we continue setting the stage for the arts in our community.

Our community needs the arts to lift us up and bring us together, and artists need the support of arts organizations and audiences to keep their work alive and relevant. Your continued support of the Moss Arts Center is critical.

Your gift of any level makes an impact.

Learn how you can support the Moss Arts Center by texting "VTArts" to 41444.

The names of donors making any gift by June 30, 2021, will be recognized in the Moss Arts Center's 2021-2022 season programs. We appreciate your friendship and loyalty!

Join with patrons and friends in supporting the Moss Arts Center. Choose your level of giving, each with its own benefits.
up to $999
Recognition in Moss Arts Center performance programs
Access to season preview and advanced ticket sales  
Special invitation to pre- and post-event activities, exhibition previews, and Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology programs  
Recognition in Virginia Tech's 1872 Society*    
Recognition at the Moss Arts Center performances or exhibitions***    
Backstage opporunities, including artist meet and greets, as available      

For information about ways to support the Moss Arts Center, please contact Jacob Paul at or 540-231-0845.


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