As the newest member of Major University Presenters, the Moss Arts Center is now one of only 21 institutions in the country on a roster of leading university arts presenters that includes the University of Illinois (Krannert Center for the Performing Arts), Penn State (Center for the Performing Arts), and Stanford University (StanfordLive! Program and Bing Concert Hall).
“Major University Presenters are benchmark institutions for us, the models that I looked to in the earliest days of developing the Moss Arts Center’s mission, vision, and programs,” said Ruth Waalkes, executive director of the Moss Arts Center and associate provost for the arts at Virginia Tech. “Commitment to students, learning, research, and community are hallmarks of MUP members’ programs, just as they are at the Moss.
“Collective efforts of the consortium have had a tremendous impact on the professional performing arts field in general and have redefined the role of arts centers on university campuses. I look forward to representing Virginia Tech and deepening the Moss Arts Center’s national impact,” said Waalkes.
For more than 20 years, Major University Presenters has facilitated opportunities for its member organizations to share information for benchmarking and improving programs, participate in high-value collaborative opportunities, increase program recognition at local and national levels, engage in national research activities, and make positive, long-term impacts on the performing arts presenting field.
Opening in the fall of 2013, the Moss Arts Center launched Virginia Tech’s first-ever professional presenting arts program. Over the past nine seasons, the center has presented a wide breadth of performances and exhibitions across multiple genres with an emphasis on diverse cultures and voices, as well as provided opportunities for deeper arts experiences through residencies, commissions, and engagement opportunities.
“MUPs works to convene the leading voices in the university presenting world, so inviting the Moss Arts Center into the fold is natural,” said Brian Jose, director of University of Florida Performing Arts. “Virginia Tech’s presenting program is a vital part of both the academic life and community life of Blacksburg, and we want to have that important voice at the table. Together, we work to ensure a vibrant performance environment on all our member campuses.”