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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.
Members of Chitrasena Dance Company lead a dance workshop for students at Springhouse Community School in Floyd, Virginia. Photo by Dan Mirolli

Beyond the stage and galleries, we offer opportunities for people of all ages to expand cultural awareness and deepen understanding through the arts. These events—many of which are free—illustrate how learning, engagement, and discovery are at the heart of our mission.

Participate in events tailored for different ages and abilities, like:

  • workshops with visiting artists
  • activities in schools and with local organizations
  • lectures and Q&As
  • master classes
  • hands-on experiences
  • community celebrations
  • and much more

Enhance Your Experience

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    K-12 Programs

    A critical part of a child’s education, arts experiences cultivate empathy, expand world views, create human connections, and enhance creative problem-solving skills.

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    Virginia Tech students dance on stage with Cimafunk during a performance at the Moss Arts Center
    Virginia Tech Students

    We bring world-class artists and performers to campus and host a huge variety of events each year. Student engagement is at the heart of our programming.

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    Members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave a talk before a performance at the Moss Arts Center in an event co-sponsored by the Black Cultural Center. Three people sit on stage in front of a red curtain while the audience looks on.
    Virginia Tech Faculty and Staff

    If you’re looking for ways to boost your syllabus, revitalize your programs, and create exceptional learning experiences for your students, consider collaborating with us.

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    We bring arts to the community and lift up and invite people to examine the beauty, complexity, and diversity of our world.

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     Members of Itraab Arabic Music Ensemble perform, singing and playing various instruments
    Itraab Arabic Music Ensemble

    A project of Moss Arts Center, Itraab is an ensemble of Virginia Tech students, faculty, and community members who learn and perform Arabic music.

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    "In the Moment: Artists and Their Work"

    Celebrating and elevating our local and regional artists, this online talk series provides an opportunity to meet notable creators of Southwest Virginia. 

Chitrasena Dance Company engages with the community

Did you know that during their trips to Blacksburg, many of our visiting artists participate in a full roster of outreach activities? Take a peek behind the scenes at some of these events!

Members of Sri Lankan Chitrasena Dance Company visited Springhouse Day School in Floyd to lead a workshop in Kandyan dance. The ensemble also joined Nrityagram Dance Ensemble for a free matinee performance for area students. This school-day performance included excerpts from the ensembles' collaborative work, Āhuti; a brief lecture/demonstration; a dance presentation; and a question-and-answer session.

Monuments by Craig Walsh

An ethereal, site-specific outdoor projection installation by artist Craig Walsh, Monuments celebrates unsung community members who impact the New River Valley region. Upending traditional expectations of public monuments and the selective history represented in our public spaces, these unforgettable images projected onto towering trees demonstrate the profound importance of individuals from our community.