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The producing and performing arts play an important role in the intellectual and cultural aspirations of the college and the education of the whole person. At Smith, the arts have a long history of helping students generate a sense of belonging, encouraging them to think creatively, encouraging diverse perspectives, developing new habits of the mind, and offering new modes of discovering one’s voice. SmithArts aims to make visible all the opportunities to engage and strengthen the presence of art and artists on campus, allowing students to discover new avenues for advancing their creativity in ways that will enrich their future, no matter what field they pursue.

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Fall Studio Productions

Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Department of Theatre presents Student directed one-act plays. This year there are four plays be...

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Bare Bones Dance

Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 7:30-9 p.m.

The Smith College Department of Dance presents the Bare Bones Dance concert. This concert offers an ...

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Dance Nation

Dance Nation by Clare Barron directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer October 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m., Octo...

  • October 26, 2023
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Leigh Fagin in an auditorium.

Office for the Arts

Founded in Fall 2022, the Smith Office for the Arts (SOFA) is a new office, headed by director Leigh Fagin, focused on unifying arts planning and programming on campus through collaboration and co-creation of programs and initiatives designed to support the creative work of students, staff and faculty. 

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Poster for the Bell Jars exhibit.

The Bell Jars

The Bell Jars: Lyman Conservatory and Sylvia Plath’s Botanical Imagination is a new, original exhibit in Lyman’s Church Gallery. The exhibit explores Plath’s interactions with Lyman, her time studying botany at Smith and how those experiences influenced the botanical images and symbolism that run throughout her work. Using archival materials from the college’s special collections and archives, and Plath’s literary work as a guide, this exhibit invites visitors to inhabit Lyman as Plath once did and to explore Plath’s botanical imagination through the arts, humanities and sciences. 

The exhibit runs from September 15, 2023,  through June 28, 2024.

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Blackout Poetry Project 2023

Be a part of this community project that offers a chance to interact with and reinterpret Emily Post's rules of etiquette. Participants will engage with her iconic work, updating her rules using new media and visual expression to say something entirely new. After each stunning, idiosyncratic, vibrant, haunting or hilarious page is made, we will gather them into a new collection of poetry and art that could only have been made by our community. 

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Blackout Poetry Project at Smith

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When you join our SmithArts mailing list, you will receive weekly emails with information on art, dance, music, theatre and film/media events at Smith during the academic year. Sign up for our new SOFANotes email to learn about current exhibits, visiting artists & poets, academic opportunities and more.