- Last Updated on Wednesday August 20, 2014
An extraordinary learning community of spirited and creative individuals, the Arts program attracts a diverse student population from a wide range of academic disciplines. In an effort to broaden connections to the various art disciplines and programs across campus and to deepen one’s understanding and awareness of artistic and scholarly practice, the Arts program fosters relationships with faculty and staff from across the arts and humanities spectrum. The living component of the program features Bel Air Hall as the primary residential "home" for students in the Arts program located within the Cambridge Community, home to College Park Scholars.
The program colloquia provide opportunities for students to explore how art is defined, assessed and interpreted and how we personally draw value from the art we consume and/or practice as individuals and as a community. Students will explore a variety of interests in the visual, performing and fine arts through intensive interdisciplinary projects, discussion-oriented colloquiums, excursions to local arts institutions and professional performances and presentations. Beyond the classroom, students have the opportunity to lead and develop arts education initiatives through service-learning engagements with local schools and non-profit organizations, develop and share independent creative work, propose and lead arts-related workshops and much more. Program events such as Charity Softball, a weekend excursion to New York City (every other year), coffee house (open talent) student presentations and the spring Arts Festival provide excellent opportunities for students to express themselves in the exhibition of original artwork and individual or collaborative performances.
From award-winning Broadway shows in New York City to the decorated halls of the Kennedy Center and prominent galleries of the Smithsonian's renowned art and history museums, Art Scholars students are introduced to artists, professional ensembles, and world-class institutions each semester. Jointly sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the College of Arts and Humanities, the Arts Scholars program curriculum is further enhanced by innovative collaborations with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, and academic disciplines of art, architecture, music, theater, and dance.