PlayLab Inc. cofounders Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeff Franklin say an interdisciplinary education at Virginia Tech helped them bridge the worlds of art, architecture, business, design, fashion, film, music, publishing, products, and more.
On the second story above Joe’s Diner in downtown Blacksburg, the XYZ Art Gallery serves as a bridge between Virginia Tech and the surrounding area. As an entirely student-run venue, XYZ has been showcasing art, music, architecture, and design by and for the community for more than 25 years.
Since 2016, creative technologies students have participated in the New Orleans Film Festival thanks to assistant professor Rahcel Lin Weaver's partnership as the program director of Cinema Reset. In 2019, a group of students also had an opportunity to debut one of their films in a world premiere.