VIA Application Guidelines

Any individual, student group, or campus organization may submit a program application to the Values, Ideas and Arts (VIA) Committee.

Values, Ideas and the Arts presentations enhance Manchester academics and student experiences through cultural exposure, artistic experience and intellectual enrichment. VIA features speakers, musicians, dramatic performers and artists from the University community, across the country and around the globe. Members of the University community and the public are also invited to attend all VIA events. All events are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

The goals of the VIA program are to:

  • broaden students' cultural experiences
  • enrich students intellectually and aesthetically
  • provide opportunities to experience the arts
  • promote dialogue about ideas and values
  • embody in its programs the values expressed in the University Mission

Events last approximately one hour unless noted otherwise.

Due dates for VIA applications:

  • Whenever possible, VIAs should be approved and details finalized before the end of the prececing semester.
  • The committee will enterain programs for any open dates after a semester begins, as long as there is adequate time to organize and promote the event.

Incomplete applications will delay the process. Please include program details, web links and other information that will help the committee make a timely decision.

The VIA Committee does not convene during summer and January sessions.

For VIA-credit programs, sponsoring groups or individuals assume leadership and responsibilities for all arrangements regarding planning and preparations. Please see the VIA sponsor checklist for review of these responsibilities.

Two very important responsibilities include the event location and the date and time selected for the event. The VIA committee strongly recommends Cordier Auditorium for all VIA events unless there is a scheduling conflict or if the format of the program necessitates a different type of space. Room reservations should be made at the time of application. Most are at 11 a.m. on Mondays, but other times are possible. Applications from students or student organizations must be accompanied by a letter by a faculty or staff sponsor committing support and guidance throughout the process, planning, and actual event.

Direct questions to the Values Ideas Arts (VIA) Committee.