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Events

News

Events

  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
  • May 10: College Commencement Ceremonies
  • More >

News

Events

  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
  • May 10: College Commencement Ceremonies
  • More >

News

Events

  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
  • May 10: College Commencement Ceremonies
  • More >

News

Events

  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
  • May 10: College Commencement Ceremonies
  • More >


History of the Forbes Center

The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is transforming the performing arts at James Madison University. Classroom, rehearsal and performance spaces for JMU’s award-winning theatre, dance and music programs are enriching learning opportunities and now provide the potential for state-of-the-art production values to match. The result is an educational experience for students and an unforgettable experience for audiences.

Transformation

Time-lapse video offers view of history (June 4, 2010) — Now that construction of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts has been completed, a time-lapse video offers a view of history.

Announcements

The JMU Alumni Association Arts Courtyard at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts honors artistic endeavor and the enduring Madison Experience.Celebrating transformation (Posted: Oct. 28, 2010) — A plaque commemorating the JMU Alumni Association’s gift of $500,000 to support the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts by naming the Alumni Association Arts Courtyard is now in place. Madison’s visual and performing artists enrich life for countless others, and the Alumni Association is proud to honor their endeavors. LEARN MORE

JMU Alumni Association President Jon Offley ('89) and former president Elaine Toth Hinsdale ('85) assisted at the groundbreaking for the new Performing Arts Center on Oct. 26, 2007.Alumni Arts Courtyard Honors Madison Experience (Posted: Sept. 14, 2010) — The JMU Alumni Association donated $500,000 to support the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts by naming the Alumni Arts Courtyard at the entrance of the Forbes Center. The courtyard honors the Madison Experience and Madison’s long tradition of excellence in art, dance, music and theater education. LEARN MORE

Seat naming campaignJMU Announces Performing Arts Center Seat Naming Campaign (March 20, 2008) — JMU donors may now enhance the transformation of Madison’s performing arts programs by underwriting seats in two premier venues in the new performing arts center. LEARN MORE

 

Lois and Bruce ForbesJMU Welcomes Largest-Ever Gift (March 14, 2008) — Longtime JMU supporters Bruce and Lois Forbes have given the university the largest gift in the institution’s 100-year history. Their gift will name the performing arts center. At the same luncheon where the Forbes’ gift was recognized, a generous gift from Dick and Shirley Hanson Roberts was announced, also for the performing arts center. LEARN MORE

 

Elizabeth Swallow and Eric RupleDonor, pianos and professor make perfect harmony (March 5, 2008) — When Elizabeth Swallow called professor Eric Ruple and asked for piano lessons, what happened next could only be described as perfect harmony. LEARN MORE

 

 

Susan and Ed EstesGifts bolster performing arts center (January 28, 2008) — A number of sizable gifts totaling $5.8 million have bolstered efforts to reach the $10 million in essential private funding needed for the future performing arts center, which broke ground in ... LEARN MORE

 

 

GroundbreakingRain falls, spirits soar at PAC groundbreaking (Oct. 26, 2007) — JMU President Linwood H. Rose and Dr. Marilou M. Johnson ('80), interim dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, joined major supporters in the groundbreaking to celebrate the center and ... LEARN MORE

 

 

A new partnership portends a time for the artsA new partnership portends a time for the arts (March 2005) — JMU President Linwood H. Rose and Dr. Marilou M. Johnson ('80), interim dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, joined major supporters in the groundbreaking to celebrate the center and ... LEARN MORE

 




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