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Fine Arts

The fine arts program seeks to actively engage Smith students in the arts both on campus and in the local community as a way to increase curricular and cocurricular connections, engage students in the life of the mind and build campus connections. We do this through events, funding, programs and resources. Art is an essential part of the undergraduate experience at Smith and is a gateway to lifelong learning.

The fine arts program sponsors trips to concerts and performances at the UMass Fine Arts Center (Amherst), Academy of Music (Northampton), and CityStage and Symphony Hall (Springfield). We also bring artists to campus for performances, lectures and residencies.

Upcoming Events

Black Queer Born Frees in South Africa
Tuesday, February 4, 5-7 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room, Neilson Library

Photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi will show new photographs and a new video in Durban as part of a presentation exploring Black Frees (the generation born post-apartheid South Africa; known as Mandela's great-granchildren), and how each person expresses him/herself queerly at the time of troubling hate crimes in South Africa. The young adults she depicts are those born in 1990-1994, and openly gay/lesbian/trans within South African borders.

American Idiot
Tuesday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
UMass Fine Arts Center

A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season.

Tickets are available at the UMass Fine Arts Center box office.

Music is Our Weapon: Hip Hop and Political Activism in Senegal

Saturday, February 22: Concert
3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Performers: Bideew Bou Bess, Abiodun Oyewole, Tantra Zawadi, Derrik Jordan, Joe Sallins, Tony Vacca

Sunday, February 23: Film Screening
Democracy in Dakar
3 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Monday, February 24: Global Salon, Class Visits
12 noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall

Tuesday, February 25: Class Visits, Public Dialogue
Hip Hop and Global Citizenship
7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Speaker: Eric Charry, Wesleyan University

Fine Arts Fee

As part of the Five College Consortium, Smith students pay a fine arts fee that allows for student ticket discounts to any performance at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Student tickets are between $7 and $15 for Fine Arts Center events.

Funding for Arts-Related Programs

Funding is available for students interested in developing an arts-related program on campus.

More Information

For more information on fine arts programs or to suggest a program, please email ose@smith.edu.