Mission & Vision
The mission of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) is to inspire and educate students by instilling the intellectual, artistic, and communication skills that prepare for success in disciplinary achievement and in interdisciplinary collaboration, whether as performers, creators, investigators, or educators in visual arts, dance, music, or theatre. We prioritize students: world-class professionals offer programs that emphasize practice, theory, and experience in creating and studying imaginative work in traditional and contemporary formats. We provide all essential training for an outstanding education in art, dance, music, and theatre disciplines in integrative programs such as arts administration, and ini nterdisciplinary programs, whether within the Fine Arts, at the intersection of arts and medicine, or in new entrepreneurial areas emerging in the arts. We impart a distinctive education that bridges the gap between university and workplace.
The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts will be a distinguished global leader in interdisciplinary, creative, and scholarly arts education and research. We will champion the arts as relevant, critical, and essential to contemporary life. We will inspire our students to communicate through artistic tradition while embracing and creating innovative technologies as vehicles for individual expression and social change. The College will pursue University, regional, national, and international partnerships that complement our programs and provide unique and contemporary opportunities for our students and faculty. Arts performance research will inform our teaching, scholarship and creative activity. We take pride in the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni.