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Northern Virginia Community College Will Hold Inaugural “Spring Into NOVAarts Festival”

For the first time ever, all the arts NOVA has to offer will be under one roof creating an interactive event filled with spectacular performances.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 25, 2019) – Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will host its inaugural Spring Into NOVAarts Festival on March 30, 2019, at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center located on the NOVA Alexandria Campus at 4915 East Campus Drive in Alexandria, Va. The event  runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. featuring the talented students of the NOVAarts program and student organizations, through a walking, progressive and all-encompassing performance showcase. The festivities include a different event in each part of the Schlesinger Center – music ensembles, a dance group, theatrical performances, live drawing events, a portrait station, student films, fine arts, interior designs and graphic designs. All of NOVA’s arts will be under one roof, for the first time in its history.   

The festival offers an interactive showcase from 7 to 8 p.m., then on the main stage from 8 to 9:30 p.m. there will be theatre performances, student films and a 30-piece jazz ensemble. 

Spring Into NOVAarts is free and open to the public; donations are being accepted and light refreshments will be served.     

Here is a breakdown of the evening’s events:

7 – 8 p.m. 
Interactive Showcase   

  •     Figure Drawing Workshop With Professor Fred Markham 
  • NOVAarts Program Displays

Featuring student works and program information from studio arts, graphic design, cinema, photography and media and interior design.

  • Novellas - NOVA's Official Acapella Group
  • Pianist, Nathan Pereda
  • Portrait Station

Get your professional portrait taken by faculty and students from our Photography and Media program.

  •     Theatre Training Workshop With Professor David Tyson

Two sessions -- 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.               

8 – 9:30 p.m. 
Main Stage Performances

  • “Intrigue at Ah-pah” by the Woodbridge NOVA Players

This a comedy complete with a talking fish – a private eye is on vacation when she discovers a murder and needs to track down the culprit before an environmental disaster with dire consequences occurs.

  • Cinema – Selected films

Featuring student works from NOVA’s Cinema students.

  • The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble

Performances include “Flying Home”; “Satin Doll”; “Frankie and Johnny”; and “Señor Mouse”. 

The night promises to be a wonderful example of all the arts NOVA has to offer. David Epstein, Dean of NOVAarts said, “This is the first time all five NOVA campuses will showcase all of the arts together under one roof under our new name, "NOVAarts." It be a feast for the senses with varied performances and exhibitions throughout the Center by our creative and skilled students and faculty."

The poster for the event used on all of the marketing materials for the Spring Into NOVAarts Festival was created by graphic design student Jack Feegel from NOVA Studio, just one of many design projects he has created while enrolled at NOVA. 

NOVAarts offers rigorous and relevant programs in the visual, performing, and media arts, including fine arts, graphic design, interior design, photography & media, music, music recording technology, cinema and theatre. The creative and immersive degree and certificate programs emphasize portfolio development and audition preparation to help students prepare for transfer or employment.  In addition, NOVAarts is a premier cultural arts destination in the Northern Virginia region, providing performances in music, film, theatre, and dance, along with numerous gallery exhibitions and artist lectures to the communities we serve.

Story Contact: David Epstein | depstein@nvcc.edu


About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.