The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts was established in 2009 following a generous gift to the university from James C. Martin in memory of his late wife, Mary B. Martin. A lifelong resident of Johnson City, Mary obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from ETSU in 1962.
The School of the Arts brings to the region a program of high-caliber public performances, exhibitions and other activities for students and the greater community. Since its beginning, the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts has offered seasons of music concerts, theater, dance and storytelling performances, film screenings, lectures, exhibitions, visual artists, comedy and illusion.
Along with each event or exhibition, the School of the Arts schedules guest artists to conduct educational activities such as one-on-one coaching sessions with students, discussions with individual classes, workshops and post-show talks with the artists. These outreach activities provide opportunities for new insights and deepen cultural, social and cross-disciplinary understanding both for students enrolled in arts programs and students from throughout the university.
Together with our guest artists, we’ve danced, laughed and sometimes cried. We’ve learned more about history, about other cultures and about ourselves.
The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts’ seventh season offers the community opportunities to encounter artists who will stretch our imaginations, celebrate life and redefine boundaries. The season includes performances by Grammy Award-winning musicians, a multimedia visit to a speakeasy of the Harlem Renaissance and the unique South Arts series of independent films with Q&As with the filmmakers, among myriad other events and activities – “From Classic to Cool.”
We hope you’ll share our excitement throughout our season of the arts!
DARE TO IMAGINE.