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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  • 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. Josh Garrels & John Mark McMillan present The Revelators Tour

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    Josh Garrels and John Mark McMillan have announced details for their second North American co-headlining tour in 2017. “The Revelators Tour” nine-city run will kick off on February 16 in Asheville, North Carolina, and wrap on February 27 here in Holland, Michigan.

    Josh Garrels & John Mark McMillan present The Revelators Tour
    Date
    Cost
    $15 Student, $25 Faculty, $32 Advance, $35 Door
    Location
    Dimnent Memorial Chapel
    Josh Garrels & John Mark McMillan present The Revelators Tour 7:30 pm - Dimnent Memorial Chapel
  2. Kruizenga Art Museum: “Gospel Stories: Otto Dix and Sadao Watanabe”

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    The Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope College will open the exhibition “Gospel Stories: Otto Dix and Sadao Watanabe” on Tuesday, Jan. 10, showcasing the work of two important 20th century artists who were inspired to engage deeply with the Christian faith as a result of their experiences during World War II and its aftermath.

    Kruizenga Art Museum: “Gospel Stories: Otto Dix and Sadao Watanabe”
    Date
    Location
    Kruizenga Art Museum
    Kruizenga Art Museum: “Gospel Stories: Otto Dix and Sadao Watanabe” 10:00 am - Kruizenga Art Museum
  3. Visiting Writers Series: Q and A with Matthew Olzmann (Poetry) and Vievee Francis (Poetry)

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    Visiting Writers Series: Q and A with Matthew Olzmann (Poetry) and Vievee Francis (Poetry)
    Date
    Location
    Martha Miller Center for Global Communication
    Visiting Writers Series: Q and A with Matthew Olzmann (Poetry) and Vievee Francis (Poetry) 3:30 pm - Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, Martha Miller Fried Hemenway Auditorium 135
  4. Visiting Writers Series: Vievee Francis & Matthew Olzmann

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    Vievee Francis is currently an Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth College and an Associate Editor for Callaloo.  Matthew Olzmann teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. 

    Visiting Writers Series: Vievee Francis & Matthew Olzmann
    Date
    Location
    Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
    Visiting Writers Series: Vievee Francis & Matthew Olzmann 7:00 pm - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
  5. California Guitar Trio

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    The California Guitar Trio will perform at Hope College on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

    California Guitar Trio
    Date
    Location
    Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
    California Guitar Trio 7:30 pm - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts