Located at the very crossroads of Virginia Tech and downtown Blacksburg, on the corner of Main Street and Alumni Mall, the Moss Arts Center shares space with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. The center provides a community center in the grandest sense, a place where the arts are a catalyst for engagement, inspiration, and discovery. New facilities complement existing venues, and are located in close proximity to Henderson Hall, Theatre 101, Squires Student Center, the Armory Gallery, and the Lyric Theatre forming a prominent arts district. The center’s 150,000-square-foot facility includes:

The Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Street and Davis Performance Hall features superb acoustics and the technical flexibility and capabilities to present professionally all forms of music, theatre, and dance.

  • A stage with 60-feet-wide by 50-feet-deep playing area and additional wing space
  • Removable orchestral shell with ceiling
  • State-of-the-art lighting, projection, and audio systems
  • Two multi-level forestage lifts for pit orchestras, additional seating, or stage extension


Visual arts galleries capable of exhibiting a wide range of traditional and trans-media works and installations.

  • Ruth C. Horton Gallery
  • Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery
  • Sherwood Payne Quillen '71 Reception Gallery


The four-story experimental Cube  for performance, immersive environments, installations, and adjacent research studios that house the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

  • Multiple level catwalk galleries for technical use
  • State-of-the-art technical systems

*The Cube is a space that is shared between the Moss Arts Center and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, scheduled by the Moss Arts Center. The Cube is a highly adaptable space for immersive environments, intimate performance, audio and visual installations, research, and experimental investigations of all kinds.


Exterior spaces will invite people to enjoy the landscape, gather for social events, and take part in both formal and informal arts experiences. Exterior spaces include:

  • An outdoor amphitheatre area for live performance, film showings, video, and other streaming content on the west wall of the Cube
  • A courtyard patio facing Alumni Mall
  • Outdoor balconies accessed from the upper lobbies of the Street and Davis Performance Hall


The Moss Arts Center facilities have received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Highlights include:

  • Using whole building energy model simulation resulted in building energy performance of 17% energy and cost savings
  • 6,175 tons or 96% of all construction waste recycled.
  • 60% of all wood products come from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests
  • 20% of all construction materials contain recycled content
  • 35% of all construction materials were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of jobsite; 15% of materials were harvested and manufactured within 100 miles of jobsite


In addition to these public and programmable spaces, there are other spaces in the Moss Arts Center that are dedicated to research and scheduled by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology:

  • Sandbox
  • Experience Studio
  • Merryman Family Learning Studio
  • Perform Studio
  • Create Studio