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School of Performing Arts and Cinema to sponsor seventh annual weeklong celebration of regional arts


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 15, 2010 – The School of Performing Arts and Cinema at Virginia Tech presents ArtsFusion 2010, the seventh annual weeklong celebration of the Arts on the Virginia Tech Campus, in the town of Blacksburg, and throughout the New River Valley and beyond.

ArtsFusion 2010, scheduled for April 17-25, includes over 40 events in music, art, theatre, dance, and film. The overarching goal for ArtsFusion is to elevate awareness of the arts and expand the impact of the shared creative experience through discovery, learning, and engagement.

The headline event, Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town," is presented by the School of Performing Arts and Cinema at Virginia Tech. This quintessential American drama by Thornton Wilder is re-imagined by director Andy Belser in a rich landscape of imagery and expressive movement.

Other ArtsFusion events include the Progeny Film Festival, held at the Lyric as a forum where students and community filmmakers can share their work; the Virginia Tech Linux Laptop Orchestra Spring Event with the Boys & Girls Club of Roanoke; the Festival of the Arts at Southwest Virginia Community Collage which features several exhibits of Asian visual arts; and several opportunities to experience different forms of dance including contra dance, ballroom, old time, and salsa.

ArtsFusion 2010 is sponsored by the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the School of Performing Arts and Cinema, The Arts Initiative at Virginia Tech, and media sponsor WSLS 10 On Your Side.

ArtsFusion was founded during the spring of 2004 by the School of the Arts, has included many events in theatre, art, music and dance, and reached an audience of thousands. During the spring of 2005, ArtsFusion expanded to include events in film and creative writing. ArtsFusion continues to grow and expand its events as well as its audience. Through ArtsFusion, participants are able to celebrate the vibrant artistic scene that currently exists in the New River Valley Community.

For a complete listing of ArtsFusion 2010 events, visit ArtsFusion 2010 online.