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Welcome to the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts!  Since 2003, we have been supporting the curiosity, passion, and endeavors for the Arts on the Texas A&M University campus and in the Bryan-College Station area.  We host nationally and internationally renowned experimental artists, support innovative experiments by our faculty and students, but also engage our community in current dialogues about the Arts.  We hope you join us to make an impact on the Arts, our community, and society. 


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    The Zoom Function

    The AVPA is pleased to announce the publication of “The Zoom Function,” a Special Themed Section of the most recent issue of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.
    The Zoom Function” was edited by the AVPA’s own James R. Ball III, Weiling He, and Louis G. Tassinary, and its themes were inspired by the AVPA’s recent programming. The issue features new research by scholars in multiple disciplines on topics ranging from seventeenth century French Opera, to intermedial performance, to the coronavirus pandemic, to the dramaturgy of videoconferencing.
    The entire issue can be found online at the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media


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    NEW “AVPA Virtual Workshop Grant”

    In order to respond to the limited travels and face-to-face interactions during the fall and continuously enhance the Arts at Texas A&M, the AVPA is offering a new "Virtual Workshop Grant" of $500 each to support collaborations between faculty members and external artists in conducting virtual workshops during the academic year of 2020-2021 to enhance students’ learning experience.

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    But Where There’s Hope, There’s Life

    November 2 - 5, 2020:  But Where There’s Hope, There’s Life, focuses on the Holocaust and communicating the impact and importance of this event in our history. The work comes at a time in our country where we are questioning the ideas of immigration, human rights, and civility for others. Each of the participating faculty will bring their unique expertise to the project, allowing a rich, artistic experience for viewers. Sequences of small audience groups traveling through the venues will take place each night. Audience members will travel with a virtual “tour guide” to various locations.

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  • As Far As Isolation Goes (Online)
    Jan 26 - Feb 20, 2021

    As Far As Isolation Goes (Online)

    As Far As Isolation Goes (Online) is a collaboration between live artist Tania El Khoury and musician and street artist Basel Zaraa. Reimagined for an online context during coronavirus lockdown, the piece is built from their original collaboration entitled As Far As My Fingertips Take Me in which El Khoury commissioned Zaraa to record a rap song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden.