When first-year students start college at MBU, one of the first events bringing them together with their new #MBUfamily is a show at the Blackfriars Playhouse. It’s an immediate and powerful introduction to the arts. And it illustrates a deeply held belief at Mary Baldwin that the arts, and the way of thinking created by the arts, matter.
Continuing MBU’s momentum to provide educational experiences and programs that best prepare students to be tomorrow’s leaders, the university recently announced that it is moving from four academic colleges to five.
The new College of Visual and Performing Arts will bring together undergraduate programs including theater, music, film, dance, studio art, art history, and arts management, along with the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program. The college officially launched at the beginning of spring semester on January 7, 2019.
The new college will reinvigorate traditional arts disciplines and highlight new interdisciplinary opportunities for students to enrich their studies and their personal and professional lives with the arts, including creative literacy and expression, “artivism,” and collaboration.