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Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
Bloomsburg University's Center for the Visual and Performing Arts was formed to provide a vital link between the university and Bloomsburg Community through its downtown locations.
Each year, CVPA offers programs from the departments of Art and Art History, English, Music, Theatre and Dance, and Mass Communications to celebrate the arts and support the connection between the university and our broader community.
Featured events include Arts in Autumn and Taste of the Arts, which bring together BU's representative arts programs in an extended collaborative event.
A Bloomsburg University alumnus who appears in the popular TV show, “Orange is the New Black,” and the executive director of a digital arts studio will illustrate career opportunities for students with a Liberal Arts background on Thursday, March 17, during “Breaking Ground: Building Careers through the Arts.” The event is the first symposium sponsored by BU’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA).
Graphic artist and photographer Mark Heaps, executive director for Houndstooth Studio, Austin, Texas, will present the symposium’s opening keynote address at 9:30 a.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Houndstooth Studio specializes in creating engaging experiences through digital and analog interactivity. Heaps, formerly director of development for Duarte Inc., has more than 20 years of experience working with clients including Google, Apple and HP.
Actor James McMenamin, a 2001 BU graduate, will present the evening keynote address at 5 p.m. in Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium. McMenamin, who portrays corrections officer Charlie “Donuts” Coates in “Orange is the New Black,” also appeared on the seventh season of “Nurse Jackie” and in a film currently in post-production, “The Long Home,” with James Franco and Ashton Kutcher. His acting credits include TV”s “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Person of Interest, “Unforgettable” and the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.”
Both keynote addresses and the reception to celebrate the opening of the “Breaking Ground” exhibit, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Gallery at Greenly Center, 50 E. Main St., are open to the public free of charge. Faculty are welcome and encouraged to bring their classes to the speakers and panel discussions.
- 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. — Morning Keynote Speaker, Mark Heaps in Gross Auditorium Carver Hall
- 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Alumni Panelists: English/Creative Writing in Bakeless 105; Theatre in Gross Auditorium Carver Hall; Music in Haas 166; Art in Kehr Union Multipurpose A; Mass Communications in McCormick TV Studio
- 2 to 3:15 p.m. — Arts in Life in McCormick 1303
- 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. — Applying Arts Skills to the Workplace in McCormick 1303
- 5 to 6 p.m. — Evening Keynote Speaker, James McMenamin in Gross Auditorium Carver Hall
- 6 to 8 p.m. — Gallery Reception "Breaking Ground" in Greenly Gallery, Downtown
Living and Learning Community
The Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) LLC is a community of students who share a common passion for the arts. Many of our members are majors or minors in arts fields such as music, creative writing, dance, theatre, or studio art. However, we also have students who are chemistry, criminal justice, and accounting majors, as well as students who are currently undeclared. And while students do benefit from living in the same residence hall, we have several members who are commuters or who live in other halls. We also offer a distinct component for upperclassmen.
The most important thing about our LLC is that it provides an atmosphere where you can gain the opportunity, support, and experience you’ll need to flourish at Bloomsburg. Trained peer mentors work closely with LLC members, organizing activities, leading study groups, and providing guidance to navigate college life.
Donations, regardless of the amount, are most appreciated. To donate, visit the Bloomsburg University Foundation donation page. In the Donation Information section, Designation of "Other" may be selected. Then CVPA can be entered in the field.