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 Open House - Exclusive Preview!

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     After the Rupture: New Directions in Mexican Art

    Kruizenga Art Museum Open House - Exclusive Preview!
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    Kruizenga Art Museum
    Kruizenga Art Museum Open House - Exclusive Preview! 10:00 am - Kruizenga Art Museum
  2. Kruizenga Art Museum presents After the Rupture

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    After the Rupture: New Directions in Mexican Art 1960s-1980s

    Kruizenga Art Museum presents After the Rupture
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    Kruizenga Art Museum
    Kruizenga Art Museum presents After the Rupture 10:00 am - Kruizenga Art Museum
  3. Jazz Organ Summit

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    The Jazz Organ Summit features two incredible Organ Trios: The "Super Group" aka the Tony Monaco Trio (featuring Chuck Loeb, guitar and Harvey Mason, drums) and the ever-grooving organissimo.  In addition, Lonnie Smith and filmmaker Murv Seymour, director/producer of the critically acclaimed documentary “Killer B3” will be "in-the-house" as well.   Hope College is pleased to partner with iRock Jazz.  The iRock Jazz festival will be happening concurrently with the Jazz Organ Summit at Windows on the Waterfront.

    Jazz Organ Summit
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    Concerts only: Performances will be $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $5 for children. Hope College students can order free tickets ahead of time with ID. All-inclusive passes are available
    Location
    Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
    Jazz Organ Summit All Day Event - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
  4. Concert Series: Gallant with special guest Eryn Allen Kane

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    With sold out debuts in Los Angeles and New York City, Gallant’s unparalleled voice has captured the attention of tastemakers in the past month.

    Concert Series: Gallant with special guest Eryn Allen Kane
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    Students: $10 Faculty/Staff: $20 Public: $25 Day-Of: $30
    Location
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    Concert Series: Gallant with special guest Eryn Allen Kane 8:00 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre
  5. Concert Series: Wild Child with Special Guest: SUSTO

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    Wild Child doesn’t want a place to hide. Song after song, town after town, they’ll wear their hearts on their sleeves, addicted to the rush that only comes when thousands of strangers know all your secrets and sing them back to you, because they’re their secrets, too. 

    Concert Series: Wild Child with Special Guest: SUSTO
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    Cost
    Students: $5, Faculty & Staff: $10, Public: $15, Day-Of: $15
    Location
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    Concert Series: Wild Child with Special Guest: SUSTO 8:00 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre