Moss Arts Center & the Cube (Virginia Tech)
The Moss Arts Center, which opened in 2013, is a 150,000-square-foot facility located on the crossroads of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University campus and Blacksburg, Virginia. Dedicated to promoting community engagement with the arts, the center serves as the cornerstone of the burgeoning arts district in downtown Blacksburg. It is the headquarters for both the Center of the Arts at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT). The facility houses a performance hall, visual arts galleries, an amphitheater, multiple studios, and a four-story experimental Cube—a state-of-the art theater and high tech laboratory.
Backstory and Context
The Moss Arts Center, located on the corner of Main Street and Alumni Mall, seeks to transform lives through exploration and engagement with the arts and creative process. Construction began on the facility in June 2010. The center was named after the artist and donor Patricia Buckley Moss just prior to its opening on October 28, 2013. Prior to the building's construction, the Performing Arts Building was the structure now known as the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences building located near 200 Stanger Street, notable for being the first building ont he Virginia Tech campus constructed of hokie stone. Today, the Moss Arts Center serves as the headquarters for both the Center of the Arts (which manages the public spaces within the building) and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT).
The facility is a 150,000-square-foot structure that houses a 1,260-seat performance hall, visual arts galleries, amphitheater, studios. It also offers a multimedia studio, production control room, newsroom, and associated classroom in support of the Department of Communication. Also located at the Moss Arts Center is the Cube, a four-story state-of-the-art theater and high-tech laboratory. Developed as a response to the U.S. initiative on "big data," this highly-adaptible space is used for multiple forms of creative expression and data exploration by students, faculty, as well as guest artists and researchers.
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