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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, opens students to a greater sense of imaginative possibility, and to the power and originality of their own voices and images.

The arts at MHC are an essential part of our liberal arts curriculum. Working closely with nationally recognized arts professionals and scholars, Mount Holyoke students develop their imaginative, expressive capacities while learning to think critically and to articulate their ideas with clarity and eloquence—abilities that will serve them well throughout their lives.

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.


InterArts Council

The InterArts Council (IAC) is made up of chairs and/or representatives of the arts departments and programs at Mount Holyoke, Art Museum staff, and students. It meets monthly to keep members informed about campus arts activities and to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Leading Women in the Arts

Each year, the IAC organizes the Leading Women in the Arts series in collaboration with the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts. The series brings to campus well-known performing and visual artists who discuss and show their work, present workshops, and meet with students in small seminars.

  • 2012 Francine Prose, author of many best-selling books
  • 2011 Meredith Monk, composer, singer, filmmaker, choreographer, and director
  • 2010 Kaija Saariaho, Finnish composer and conductor
  • 2009 Jeannine Oppewall, Academy Award-nominated production designer
  • 2008 Rachel Rosenthal, performer and theatre director
  • 2007 Ann Hamilton, visual artist
  • 2006 Trisha Brown, dancer and choreographer

Crafting a Life in the Arts: Annual Career Event

The IAC also partners each year with the Career Development Center to present Crafting a Life in the Arts, a daylong workshop for students in the arts.

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