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. Kruizenga Art Museum presents "Past Present East West"

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    The Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope College will open and celebrate its inaugural year with an exhibition of approximately 70 works of art from the college’s Permanent Collection, many never before publicly exhibited.

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  2. Joint Faculty Recital - Andrew Le and Huw Lewis

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    Both artists are well known to the Holland area through their solo performances, work with the Holland Symphony Orchestra and numerous outreach events.

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    $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for children 18 and under, and free for Hope College students
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  3. Knickerbocker Winter Film Series: Mustang

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    Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar Award, “Mustang” is French-Turkish film portraying female empowerment in five sisters fighting for their freedom.

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  4. Jazz Arts Collective and Combos

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    The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective will perform with the college’s Contemporary Ensemble and Mainstream Ensemble on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

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  5. "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet"

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    Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the film centers on T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett), a 10-year-old prodigy with a passion for maps.  He lives on a ranch in Montana with his scientist mother (Helena Bonham Carter) and his cowboy father (Callum Keith Rennie), his twin brother and a sister.  

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    $7 for regular admission and $6 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children
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