Mount Holyoke students have many opportunities to perform, display, and present their work. There are numerous performing venues across the campus, and the Blanchard Campus Center houses a gallery for student work.
Music, dance, and theatre performances, films, and exhibitions fill the calendar. Dancers create and present their own choreography, as well as perform in the works of their peers, faculty, and guest artists. Singers and instrumentalists perform everything from klezmer music to a cappella jams to concertos and symphonies. Actors, directors, set designers, and crew members work day and night on theatre productions, some of which are written and directed by students.
Each year, MHC student films are screened at the Five College Student Film and Video Festival, which presents the best original films and videos by Five College students. In recent years, MHC students have won prizes for Best Documentary, Best Dance on Camera, and Best Experimental Film. Other categories include Narrative and Animation.
Verbosity, the annual student-run literary magazine sponsored by the English department, publishes some of the best student work at Mount Holyoke, not only in writing but also in art and photography.
One of our longest-standing traditions is the Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Competition, held for a weekend in April every year. Three nationally known poets serve as judges of a contest in which a Mount Holyoke student competes against students from five other colleges from around the country. Winners in the nearly 80-year history of the contest have included such major poets as Sylvia Plath and James Merrill.