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COVID-19 Updates

Hylton Center and COVID

Fall 2020 Update

After much careful consideration in coordination with George Mason University, the Hylton Center made the difficult decision to suspend our presentation of traditional, live, professional performances inside our spaces through the end of 2020. Current ticketholders for events scheduled in fall 2020 will be contacted with ticket options as soon as information is available regarding either postponements or cancellations.

Although the season will not begin this fall as we had originally envisioned, we are working with the artists who were supposed to grace our stages, in an effort to bring them back in the future. We are also pursuing creative opportunities for virtual programming, as well as exploring safe and artistically satisfying options for in-person programming for the remainder of 2020. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I had tickets to a performance in the 2019-2020 season. What happened to those?

All outstanding tickets to canceled performances will be refunded after June 1, 2020, or—if requested prior—were converted to an account credit or tax-deductible donation to the Hylton Center. Get more detailsContact the Ticket Office

How can I reach someone at the Hylton Center?

Currently, our venue is closed to the public and all members of the Hylton Cener staff are working remotely, but are available by email. The ticket office may be reached at hylton@gmu.edu or through this contact form. For more information, please visit the Contact page.

Will there be performances at the Hylton Center this fall?

After much careful consideration in coordination with George Mason University, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our presentation of traditional, live, professional performances inside our spaces through the end of 2020. Learn more and watch the video message about this decision.

We will be presenting online events on the Mason Arts at Home platform this fall.  We are also exploring creative ways to share arts experiences in-person for the remainder of 2020 that are both safe and artistically satisfying. In addition, we continue to plan for a safe and healthy return for our staff, artists, and audiences. We will provide updates here as they become available.

When performances begin again, what measures will the Hylton Center take to ensure the safety and comfort of patrons?

Our staff is working tirelessly to be ready to welcome audiences back at the appropriate time with safety measures in place. We will continue to follow the guidance of George Mason University, the Virginia Department of Health, and the CDC. Details about these precautions will be available on the Center for the Arts website when we are able to announce new performances.

How can I support the Hylton Center during this time?

Your support is more important than ever to ensure that when it is safe to gather together again, our stages will be bustling with world-class artists. Your donation of any amount makes a difference and is deeply appreciated. Make a gift. Make a difference this summer by attending our 10 year Anniversary Celebration.

How can I get the latest updates?

Please find and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube for updates, livestreams, conversations with artists, and more. Sign up for email updates

Is the Hylton Center offering any online performances at this time?

While we can’t invite you into our spaces physically right now, we want to continue to share artistic experiences with you.  On April 2, Mason Arts at Home launched with a highly attended livestream performance by American Roots Series artist, Bumper Jacksons. A variety of additional livestreamed and recorded offerings followed, featuring professional guest artists, talented alumni, students, and faculty of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. We invite you to enjoy these archived performances and check back for new content soon.

Is the Hylton Center renting its spaces to the public right now?

In coordination with George Mason University, the Hylton Center will not be renting the facility until 2021.  For information and updates on rentals, please contact Susan Landess at slandess@gmu.edu.

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