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 Dark image inside the Fife theatre. Jason Moran playing piano with performers dancing on stage behind him

Located at the crossroads of Virginia Tech and downtown Blacksburg, Virginia, on the corner of Main Street and Alumni Mall, the Moss Arts Center is a thriving community where the arts are a catalyst for engagement, inspiration, and discovery.

The center operates as both a presenting organization and as a 147,000-square-foot, top-caliber arts center. Since opening in 2013, the center has brought innovative, significant, and diverse programming to the campus and the region.

The Moss Arts Center is named in tribute to artist and philanthropist Patricia Buckley Moss, who committed $10 million toward construction of the facility on the campus of Virginia Tech.  

 Body Full of Time performance in the Cube. A performer wears electrodes for motion-capture avatars. There is a large screen with animated avatars.

Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

The Moss Arts Center and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) form a partnership unique in higher education. Together, the performing­ and visual arts center and research institute blur the lines between formal and informal learning and have helped create a higher-education prototype looked to by institutions around the world.


Box Office:
Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM-5 PM
Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM


Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM-5 PM*
Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM*
*during exhibition run dates

The Moss Arts Center typically will be closed:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day weekend (Saturday-Monday)
  • Juneteenth (observed holiday)
  • July 4th (observed holiday)
  • Labor Day weekend (Saturday-Monday)
  • Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday at noon through Sunday)
  • Winter break holiday (as determined by the university)

Note: subject to special events or activities that may be scheduled during these times.

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    Cuban musician Cimafunk, a Black man in a gold button down shirt, black pants, and sunglasses, smiles widely while performing on an outdoor stage on the Moss Arts Center lawn. Fellow bandmates play percussion, drums, and guitar as people dance in the foreground.

    Discover a diverse mix of dance, theatre, and classical and contemporary music performances.

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      Yanira Collado's "Zafa/ A Spellworking of Temporal Geometry" installed at the Moss Arts Center.

    Experience visual art from international, national, regional, and student artists in our galleries.

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    Members of Chitrasena Dance Company lead a dance workshop for students at Springhouse Community School in Floyd, Virginia. In the foreground, a brown woman with long dark hair wears a red costume wrapped over a black cropped shirt and pants and teaches high school-aged students in a large room with a vaulted wood ceiling.

    Participate in learning and engagement opportunities with visiting artists, which are tailored for different ages and abilities.

Land Acknowledgement

The Moss Center acknowledges the Tutelo and Monacan people, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognizes their continuing connection to the land, water, and air that Virginia Tech consumes. We pay respect to the Tutelo and Monacan Nations, and to their elders past, present, and emerging.

We also acknowledge the university’s historical ties to the indentured and enslaved whose labors built this institution. We pay respect to these people for their contributions to Virginia Tech.

As you engage with one another and the arts we present, we invite you to reflect on the history of this space and its possibilities for reconciliation, truth, and humanity. In the spirit of Ut Prosim, let this acknowledgment be but a single step in the Moss Arts Center’s commitment to these values.