The curtain goes up on William & Mary’s spectacular new performing arts facilities. As W&M celebrates the Year of the Arts, new spaces are fostering greater innovation and faculty-student collaboration.
The arts at William & Mary debuted a bright, modern new home at William & Mary this fall for students across all disciplines. The first phases of the university’s new Arts Quarter are complete, opening as W&M celebrates its Year of the Arts. Students have new opportunities to collaborate and innovate in partnership with world-class theatre, dance and music faculty.
Inviting spaces for teaching, learning, research and performance are spread throughout the renovated and expanded Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall and the new Music Building, which together comprise the complex. The venues will serve both the campus and regional communities, coming to life in the university’s Arts Quarter.
“We are thrilled for the opportunities that these beautiful new spaces afford our students and faculty,” said Suzanne Raitt, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences. “The influence of the arts at William & Mary is evident in all aspects of campus life, seamlessly woven into the fabric of our learning and activities.”
The Department of Theatre & Dance will be located in PBK Memorial Hall while the Department of Music will be housed in the new Music Building. The growing Arts Quarter also will include The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Arts, which will open in fall 2024 and serve as the home to the expanded and renovated Muscarelle Museum of Art. The quarter’s existing Andrews Hall is home to the Department of Art & Art History and its Andrews Gallery.
“The new Arts Quarter represents a significant step toward fostering a tangible sense of identity and a broad artistic vision at William & Mary, enriching the experiences of our talented students, dedicated faculty and the wider community,” said Raitt. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to experience this hub of artistic expression and excellence.”
The new Arts Quarter represents a significant step toward fostering a tangible of identity and a broad artistic vision at William & Mary, enriching the experiences of our talented students, dedicated faculty and the wider community.