The arts play a crucial role in times of uncertainty — creating can be an emotional and spiritual outlet, while works of art can help heal, inspire, unify, and connect.

The Moss Arts Center continues its support of student creativity with its Student Arts Spotlight, a new program celebrating creativity in the time of social distancing. The center has created a dedicated online space to feature the work of Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students.

From collages, sketches, and paintings to music performances, digital works, and sculpture, explore a range of work created by students from various disciplines.

“We understand how challenging our students’ lives are right now as they adjust to new and different ways of learning and connecting,” said Ruth Waalkes, executive director of the Moss Arts Center and associate provost for the arts at Virginia Tech. “We wish we could engage with Virginia Tech students in our usual ways — through performances in our theater, exhibitions in our galleries, and master classes and workshops with our visiting artists, but since that’s not possible at the moment, we launched a virtual space to bridge our current physical divide and lift up the amazing, creative voices of our students.”

The Moss Arts Center will continue to feature Virginia Tech student work on its website and social media channels through the summer. Interested students can submit original art works for the spotlight online through June 1, 2020. Submitted materials should be appropriate for all ages.

Virtual performances and experiences

The center is offering other free virtual programming opportunities, including viewings of past performances and special behind-the-scenes access.

The Moss Vault features archival footage of some of the unforgettable music, dance, and theater performances the center has presented over the past seven years. A new performance goes live online every Monday at 5 p.m. and will be available for two days only.

Moss All Access offers a deeper dive into some of the center’s works, programs, and departments. Join Meggin Hicklin, the center’s exhibitions program manager, for a virtual exploration of the work of Chakaia Booker and Rozeal, two artists featured in the center's spring 2020 exhibition “Fierce Women.” The center’s Moss All Access series is available on the center’s website.

Explore and experience the research and innovation happening within the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) with “ICAT: Open (at the) Source.” Explore a virtual world filled with innovative ICAT projects. Navigate the virtual gallery and interact with other users in an online environment created using Mozilla Hubs, an open source resource that can be accessed by a web browser.