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Pollak Society

The Pollak Society is the premier group of supporters for VCUarts and is named in memory of Theresa Pollak, founder of the school. Members support student scholarships and collaborative partnerships across campus and throughout the Richmond, Virginia community—all while enjoying insider access to one of the country’s top schools for arts and design.

Members receive special opportunities to engage with students and internationally renowned faculty through exclusive members-only programming including exhibition previews, behind-the-scenes tours and more. This season will bring the art to you through new digital experiences that will provide an inside look into the cutting-edge work taking place here each day.

Every member of the Pollak Society plays an important role in the success of VCUarts.

Member Benefits

2020-21 Season of Events

Sept. 2020: Art + Health Leading the Way
Enjoy special insight into VCU’s award winning Arts + Health collaborations and how these exciting initiatives intersect with business. You will hear from Aaron Anderson, who is probably the only faculty member in the world to hold simultaneous appointments in schools of Arts, Medicine, and Business.

Oct. 2020: Exploring Virtual Exhibitions
Virtual experiences have become more important in this “new normal.” Catherine Roach, associate professor in the Department of Art History, will share her groundbreaking interdisciplinary research about recreating exhibitions virtually, and you will discover how VCUarts is leading the way in creating immersive digital experiences. 

Nov. 2020: The Power of Improv
Join us virtually to discover how improv has taught medical students to build empathy, communication and collaboration. Elizabeth Byland, director of applied health improv and faculty in the Department of Theatre, will discuss this unique collaboration between VCUarts and the School of Medicine with a panel of experts.

EVENT CANCELED // UNIVERSITY CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER // Feb. 2021: Patterns in Place – An Inside Look at Student Pattern Research And Design
Over the past four years, Interior Design faculty Emily Smith and Dr. Sara Reed have used pattern research and pattern design as tools for understanding time and place. These projects and their collaborative work are taking students out of their studios and into the community. Collaborators (recent and future) include the middle Of broad studio, VCUarts Qatar and the Valentine Richmond History Museum. **This event has been canceled due to a university closing.**

March 2021: Exploring Cultures through Percussion
Hear from Justin Alexander, associate professor in the Department of Music, as he shares how teaching non-western percussion has expanded the ways students learn about music and culture, while helping the department become more diverse and inclusive. 

April 2021: Sports and Film
Discover how sports and storytelling meet in film. You will enjoy a unique look at the Cinema program and an exclusive screening of a short film created by Danny Caporaletti, adjunct professor. 

In addition to these exclusive Pollak Society events, members enjoy invitations to:

  • Exhibition openings at the Anderson
  • VCUarts annual fashion show
  • Performances from the departments of Music, Theatre and Dance + Choreography
  • Thesis exhibitions and MFA Candidacy shows

*Dates and event format is subject to change

Contact the development team

By joining the Pollak Society, you can support the creative endeavors of VCUarts students, faculty and staff. All gifts are tax-deductible and gifts of all amounts are appreciated. To learn more about the Pollak Society, please contact:

Rebecca Blader, Assistant Director of Development
bladerr@vcu.edu / 804-828-9384