The Arts at Mount Holyoke

Confronting the blank canvas, the blank page, the empty stage—all help provoke original forms of expression and knowledge, countering conventional thinking, feeling, and seeing. Exposure to the arts, including the mystical creative acts involved in doing and making, will open you to a greater sense of imaginative possibility, and to the power and originality of your own voice and image.

At Mount Holyoke, the arts are an essential part of our liberal arts curriculum. Working closely with nationally recognized arts professionals and scholars, you will develop your imaginative, expressive capacities while learning to think critically and to articulate your ideas with clarity and eloquence—abilities that will serve you well throughout your life.

Whether you want to pursue a career in a particular art form, or simply experience the exhilarating challenge of something new, or undertake a more in-depth study of an art form you have always loved, there's a place in the Mount Holyoke arts community for you.

Annual and Biennial Events in the Arts

Several of these events are sponsored by the InterArts Council, a group of representatives from the arts departments and programs at Mount Holyoke, Art Museum staff, and students who meet monthly to collaborate and keep members informed about campus arts activities.

Crafting a Life in the Arts in rainbow colored letters.

Crafting a Life in the Arts

A biennial daylong career workshop that connects students with alumnae working in the world of the arts.
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Leading Women in the Arts

Public presentations by scholars, artists, writers, and practitioners that engage the academic work of the college with the public sphere.
excerpt from poem by Irene Glascock

Glascock Poetry Contest

An intercollegiate event since 1924. Students are nominated by faculty members, and then judged by a panel of three distinguished poets.
Signature Events, Vespers

Signature Events in Music

Over our almost two centuries of history, the music department has developed unique musical traditions that are now central to campus life.
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Five-College Student Film and Video Festival

An annual event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. The festival is a competitive event held at the end of the spring semester.

Stories about the Arts at Mount Holyoke

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