Our arts programming provides the community with a robust selection of vibrant cultural experiences. At Hope College, award-winning student performances share the stage with nationally known writers, musicians, performers and artists.

Our calendar of events is full of stage and screen opportunities every week, and our community arts experiences are complemented by a thriving Arts and Humanities Division. 

Great Performance Series
Visiting artists and ensembles bring the best in music, dance and theater to the Hope campus several times each semester. Past performers include Emerson String Quartet, L.A. Theatre Works, Ballet X and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Read more information.
Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series
The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series provides diverse and rich literary experiences, with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners performing alongside the nation’s finest new voices. Previous visiting writers include Robert Olen Butler, Billy Collins, Anthony Doerr, Edward Hirsch, Naomi Shihab Nye and Sharon Olds. Read more information
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
Every summer, the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) presents seven plays in three locations, performed by a mix of distinguished artists and young theater professionals. Learn more about HSRT
Knickerbocker Film Series
The Knickerbocker Film Series offers a year-round lineup of independent, documentary and classic films. View the full schedule.
Concert Series
The Hope College Concert Series hosts nationally known bands and artists—like Ingrid Michaelson and Ben Rector—each year. See upcoming concerts.

Academic Arts Programs

Hope’s academic departments provide instruction and experience in every major arts program. In fact, Hope College was the first private, liberal arts college to hold national accreditation in art, dance, music and theater. 

We encourage you to apply for a Distinguished Artist Award scholarship, which grants $2,500 in renewable, annual tuition to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theatre or creative writing.

  • Art and Art History

    Study one of earth’s oldest disciplines in our nationally accredited art department. Courses are offered in two- and three-dimensional art and art history.

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  • Dance

    Engage in the performance and academic study of dance while developing artistically, intellectually, physically and spiritually.

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  • Music

    Our nationally accredited music department provides intensive training through enriching hands-on experiences for those choosing a musical vocation.

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  • Theatre

    The Hope College Department of Theatre develops theatrical artists of recognized excellence on- and off-stage in a nationally accredited academic program.

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Holland Area Arts Links

 

Upcoming

  1. HSRT: Go, Dog. Go!

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    Written by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz, Music by Michael Korner

    Performances: 
    10:30 a.m. shows:
    ​​​​​​​July 13, 15, 25, 29
    August 3, 8, 11, 12

    2 p.m. shows:
    July 16, 23, 27
    August 1, 5, 10

    HSRT: Go, Dog. Go!
    Date
    Cost
    $12 per person
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Go, Dog. Go! 10:30 am - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Studio Theatre
  2. HSRT: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

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    When boredom strikes Sally and her brother while their mother is away, it seems as though there is nothing to be done to brighten up the rainy day.

    HSRT: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
    Date
    Cost
    $12 per person
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat 1:30 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Studio Theatre
  3. HSRT: The Fantasticks

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    by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

    Performance Dates, 8:00 p.m. shows: 
    ​July 22, 23, 25, 27, 30*
    August 1, 3, 5, 9, 11  
    (*denotes 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. shows)

    HSRT: The Fantasticks
    Date
    Cost
    Adults: $28-$33; Senior, Faculty and Staff: $25-$30; Children under 18: $15
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: The Fantasticks 8:00 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Theatre
  4. HSRT: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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    by Christopher Durang

    Performance Dates:
    July 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 26
    August 4, 12

    HSRT: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Date
    Cost
    Adults: $23-$27; Senior, Faculty and Staff: $20-$25; Children under 18: $15
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 8:00 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Theatre
  5. HSRT: Hairspray

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    by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan

    Performance Dates | 8:00 pm shows:
    June 17, 18, 23, 29, 30
    July 5, 7, 13, 15, 20, 28
    August 6*, 8, 13 (*denotes 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. shows)

    HSRT: Hairspray
    Date
    Cost
    Adults: $28-$33; Senior, Faculty & Staff: $25-$30; Children under 18: $15
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Hairspray 8:00 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Theatre