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Fine Arts

The fine arts program at Smith College seeks to actively engage Smith students in the arts, both on campus and in the local community, as a way to increase curricular and co-curricular experiences, build connections, and enhance the process of learning.

This occurs through fine arts events and programs, funding and resources. Fine arts is an essential part of the undergraduate experience at Smith, and serves as a gateway to lifelong learning.

The fine arts program incorporates not only the fine arts fee, but also funding for program tickets and arts-related programs for campus organizations and departments, as well as fine arts programs hosted by the Office of Student Engagement.  

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 $10 and $30 for Fine Arts Center events. Smith students must present their OneCard at the door to receive the student ticket discount.

Program Tickets 

Departments may request funding for fine arts programs occurring outside the UMass Fine Arts Center. The fine arts fund will reimburse the cost of up to 10 tickets, not to exceed $250. Tickets must be advertised to students from multiple disciplines.

Fine arts funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Departments can request event ticket funding once per semester. Departments may only request reimbursement for events that are voluntary for students. Departments may not seek funding for class requirements.

To request tickets, departments must fill out the Fine Arts Ticket Request Form, found on the Smith Social Network. Applications for funding will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

Funding for Arts-Related Programs

The fine arts program provides funding to campus organizations, departments and houses interested in hosting a fine arts program on campus.

Collaboration is often pivotal to the success of fine arts programs, and is suggested but not required. With co-sponsored fine arts programs, one department or organization may apply for fine arts funding, not to exceed $250.

Fine arts funding is limited and distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Organizations can request fine arts funding once per semester. Admission may not be charged to participate in the event or activity if any money is granted through the fine arts fund. The fine arts fund must be recognized in advertising for any activities in which it has contributed money.

Fine arts funding can be used for performance fees or technical support (lighting and sound) for a fine arts program occurring on campus. Fine arts funding cannot be used towards food, hospitality needs, travel fees or accommodations for a fine arts event. Funding must be applied for before your event, and may not be applied for retroactively.

Organizations
Applications for fine arts funding can be found on the Universal Funding Form found on the Student Government website. Applications for funding must be submitted by Monday at 5:00pm.

Organizations may apply for fine arts funding, not to exceed $250, per fine arts event. Organizations may apply for fine arts funding as well as ORC funding simultaneously through the Universal Funding Form found on the Student Government website. Organizations can only request fine arts funding once per semester. Organizations may be granted up to $250 to cover the cost of the event.

ORC funding must be applied for other expenses related to the program. Please follow ORC guidelines when requesting funding for fine arts programs, especially those policies related to co-sponsorship, food, marketing and publicity, and travel and accommodations.

Campus Departments
Departments interested in gaining fine arts funding for an on campus program, should fill out the Fine Arts Funding Request Form, found on the Smith Social Network. Applications for funding must be submitted by Monday at 5:00pm.

Fine arts funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, and will not exceed $250 per event. Departments can request program funds once per semester. 

Fine Arts Programs

The fine arts program will bring artists to campus for performances, lectures and residencies through the Office of Student Engagement. Programs will be advertised to the campus, and often local communities. Departments and organizations hosting fine arts programs are welcome to inform the Office of Student Engagement about their events to be publicized in the Campus Center.  

More Information

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