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First Year Arts Student Guide

Looking for a way to connect as a first year student in the arts? Try the First Year Student Guide! From research opportunities to internships to student clubs, get started here!


Valley Business Keynote Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship 

2022 Valley Business Keynote Entrepreneurial Arts Scholarship winner Diana Witt

Diana wrote a play, "Pseudo Psyhic Medium," which was performed in the Studio Theatre in Spring of 2022. Now she hopes to enter it in several regional and national playwriting contests.

Valley Business Keynote is a group of local business leaders who seek to help area entrepreneurs fulfill their potential by bringing guest speakers to share their success stories. 

The VBK Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore or junior visual or performing arts major at JMU. It specifically supports entrepreneurial projects that focus on the arts and 1.) has a business component (non-profit or for profit, 2.) develops a product and/or service, and 3.) conforms to entrepreneurial best practices.  AMOUNT: $1,000 

Valley Business Keynote Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship Applications due Monday, Jan, 23, 2023. 

VBK Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship Application AY2022

Undergraduate Development Awards

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at James Madison University offers Undergraduate Development Awards of up to $2,000 to stimulate and advance undergraduate students’ creative or scholarly agendas or assist in developing their service activities.

Proposals may be submitted individually or on behalf of a team; the principal investigator must be a full-time CVPA undergraduate student. While students may be part of multiple Undergraduate Development award proposals as a research team member, they will only be eligible to receive one Undergraduate Development Award as a principal investigator each year. Students are eligible to apply for and earn these awards annually.

Proposals will be reviewed two times a year by the CVPA Research Support Committee. Proposals should be submitted by 5:00 pm on September 16, 2022 for the fall, or January 13, 2023 for the spring semester.

CVPA Undergraduate Development Awards AY2023

CVPA Developement Award Budget Template

Study the Arts Abroad!

Summer 2023

Ireland at the Burren School of Art: May 12-June 3
Contact Dymph de Wild ( or Robert Mertens ( for further information.

Ad for study abroad 2023 in Ireland.


Sicily: Religion, Art, and Idenity: May 28-June 18
Director: Maria Harvey
For additional information sign up at here or explore more on the CGE site here.


London: British Arts and Crafts Movement: June 12-July 10
Contact Dawn McCusker ( or Karin Tollefson-Hall ( or check out this link for more information.

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Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow Drop-In Hours

The Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship offers several programs to help students across the university jump start their businesses, from funding to an incubator program. CVPA’s Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow Professor David Newman offers drop-in hours from 3-4 pm on most Thursdays in varying locations for students to learn more.

Mentor Collective

The Mentor Collective program enhances the student experience by linking them one-on-one with a peer mentor. Incoming freshman are paired with someone invested in their success, with common academic interests, career goals, life challenges and experiences. Mentees will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges and gain career advice. At the same time, mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders. Contact Associate Dean Dr. Wren Stevens for information about the Mentor Collective at CVPA ( / (540) 568-5344).

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