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Music, Art and Cultural Programs

Acting Out Teen Theater Ensemble
Students from JMU have the opportunity to serve as mentors to area teens and discuss relevant teen issues while they work toward the development of a theater production. The Acting Out Teen Theater meets weekly during each term at a community site and prepares a production that is later performed for friends, families and the community.
Contact: To participate as a community teen, contact Phone: (540) 568-6488 Email: Office: JMU, Blue Ridge Hall, Room 240.

Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition at the College of Education
Featuring over 100 artworks created by area PreK-12 youth from local public and private schools, the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition is located on the first floor of Memorial Hall, for ten months of each calendar year. Open daily during regular building hours.

artWorks and New Image Gallery
Located at 131 Grace Street, artWorks and the New Image Gallery are located in the renovated former Graves Electric building. artWorks is a student-run gallery, showcasing work and exhibits by undergraduate and graduate students. New Image Gallery features contemporary photography by regional, national and international artists. Exhibits change, on average, every two weeks. Opening receptions are held on the first Monday of each show from 5-7 p.m. Regular gallery hours are held during the academic year only: Monday–Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon-4 p.m.
Contact: Click here for the current exhibition schedule. For information on exhibitions and to verify hours of operation, please call 540.568.7175.

Center for Multicultural Student Services
The Center for Multicultural Student Services celebrates diversity by heightening awareness and educating our constituents regarding ethnic and cultural diversity .The community is welcome to hear speakers and explore different perspectices. Past speakers include Coretta Scott King, Jesse Jackson, Elaine Chao, Sonia Sanchez and Def Poetry.
Contact: Kim Turner 540/568-6636 (phone) 540/568-3360 (fax)

Encore Series Exhibitions
This program brings international exhibitions to Sawhill Gallery.

Furious Flower Poetry Center summer camp
Local children are invited to hear and read poems by poets from all kinds of different cultures, write their own poetry and have a chance to perform their poetry.

JMU Children's Playshop
Children's Playshop is an annual project of the JMU School of Theatre and Dance. It has become a summer tradition for families to fill Theatre II and sit in special, kid-sized seats to watch fairy tales, small children's musicals and children's literature magically come to life. JMU theater students spend their summers producing kid-friendly plays for the community and encourage families to enjoy this affordable and accessible program year after year.
Contact: James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance Theatre II, MSC 5601 Harrisonburg, VA 22807 540.568.6342

Madison Art Collection
Containing over 3,000 art and cultural objects from the Neolithic through the 20th Century, the Madison Art Collection is located on the ground floor in the Festival Conference and Student Center. The gallery is open to the public during hours that vary by semester. Appointments for additional viewings can be made during regular business hours.
Contact: Dr. Kate Stevens at or (540) 568-6934

Masks from Around the World Collection at the College of Education
Featuring 50 masks, this collection was donated to the College for use by its students interested in studying the interplay between cultural ideals and masks. The collection includes masks used in performance, masks of Asia, and masks of Europe. Located in lobby of War Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Hall, the collection is open to public during regular building hours.

Masterpiece Season
This on-campus series of student-produced theater, music and dance performances and guest performances are open to the public for a small entrance fee. Community members are encouraged to look ahead on the calendar of events and select a specific performance to attend, as performances are subject to selling out in advance.
Contact: (540) 568�7000 or toll free (877) 201-7543

Sawhill Gallery
The Sawhill Gallery, located in Duke Hall, is an on-campus professional gallery featuring changing exhibitions of international, national and regional significance.

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