Arts & Cultural Life

Arts & Cultural Life

Arts & Cultural Life

Every year, Smith sponsors an impressive array of campus concerts, lectures, films and special events. But your cultural opportunities don't end there; with three other colleges and the University of Massachusetts just a short bus ride away, your choices of events, activities and organizations is nearly limitless.

Student Arts Organizations

Arts organizations are perhaps the most visible — and audible — of all groups at Smith. Whether your creativity sparkles while you’re rehearsing lines, hosting a party or playing a saxophone, Smith has an arts organization for you.

Fine Arts

About 125 Smith students major in art in a typical year, and more than 1,500 enroll in art classes annually, making the art department the most popular on campus. Activities include college-sponsored trips to city museums, campus and community gallery exhibitions, and visits by practicing artists and museum curators.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most important art collections at an American college, the Smith College Museum of Art's holdings include nearly 25,000 objects, with particular strength in 19th- and early 20th-century European and American art. Students learn directly from original art through innovative classes, research, intern programs, gallery talks and visits.

Performing Arts

Smith’s active dance department offers opportunities for students at many levels of expertise and commitment. Eight dance concerts are performed each year on the Smith campus, featuring choreography and performances by undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty.

Opportunities for music making are plentiful; advanced students may give solo recitals and play in faculty-student concerts, and any student may audition for a wide variety of Smith and Five College vocal and instrumental performance groups.

Smith offers theatre enthusiasts extraordinary opportunities both on and off the stage. The department presents an adventurous mix of plays from a variety of cultures, periods and genres, and all students are welcome to audition for productions.

The Local Music Scene

If you like music and nightlife, several small venues in downtown Northampton offer live jazz, folk, blues and rock just about every night of the week. In the span of only a few months, you could have heard the Saw Doctors, Keb' Mo', Orchestra Baobab, Sonic Youth and the Decemberists, all performing live in Northampton. And just down the road, at the other area colleges, you could have been in the audience for concerts by John Mayer, Rascal Flatts or Ani DiFranco.