Programming and Service Units
For both the university campus and greater community, the College of the Arts provides events and community services that offer cultural enrichment of all kinds. Through the Peak Performances series, the Arts and Cultural Programming unit presents and commissions works from national and international artists that engage students and audiences both on- and off-stage through groundbreaking performances, unique workshops and challenging master classes. Events take place in numerous professionally equipped performance facilities on campus, including the state-of-the-art 500-seat Alexander Kasser Theater–a venue unique to the region, offering exceptional acoustics and an over-sized proscenium stage within an intimate and comfortable setting.
Complementing the performing arts, the college’s University Art Galleries/ George Segal Gallery likewise provides visual arts enrichment through a comprehensive exhibitions program and growing art collection derived from the region and all over the world. Our largest exhibitions are presented in the award-winning George Segal Gallery - 2013-2014 Exhibition Season, while additional exhibitions featuring student work may be found in the MFA Gallery and student-run Gallery 3-1/2. Beyond these spaces, artworks are installed throughout the campus grounds to create a visually satisfying aesthetic environment.
The DuMont Television Center is another major producer of College of the Arts programming. Boasting two production studios, recently upgraded to High Definition, the Center serves both campus needs and those of industry partners suoch as including NJTV, while providing opportunities for university students to gain professional experience and contacts. Through student produced programs such as Inside MSU and Carpe Diem, both the unversity campus and New Jersey citizens are kept informed of current events while students exercise what they’ve learned in the classroom.
Beyond these academic and production units, the college’s Office of Student Services, Office of Education and Community Outreach, Technology Services and the Preparatory Center for the Arts each extend further opportunities for student and community engagement. Programs include arts training and related programming for pre-college students and P-12 teachers, as well as academic support for enrolled students. Speaker programs such as Art Forum and Film Forum, offered by the academic units, round out the cultural offerings, while CART’s Creative Research Center provides a virtual haven for interdisciplinary, industry and international collaborations.