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.
Patrons for the Arts
 

Patrons for the Arts encourages and supports the fine and performing arts by providing additional competitive grants that enable Hope College to expand the quality and quantity of artistic offerings to students and the Holland community throughout the academic year. Patrons for the Arts explicitly support the fine and performing arts, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and arts community outreach through annual gifts and contributions from the Patrons for the Arts Endowment fund. Patrons for the Arts subscribers are invited to engagements such as HSRT “Behind the Scenes,” Musical Showcase and other special events. 

Hope College was the first private, liberal arts college in the nation to have accreditation in four areas of the arts: music, art, dance and theater. Each year, one of the fine arts, in rotation, receives a larger grant to support an initiative that adds significant energy and value to the student and patrons’ experience. Support Patrons for the Arts with your gift.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Mark DeWitt at dewittm@hope.edu or call 616.395.7357. Thank you for your support of the arts at Hope College.

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. Spring Film Series: Nise: The Heart of Madness

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    The film is based on the real-life story of Nise de Silveira (Gloria Pires), and focuses on her work in the 1940s at a Rio de Janeiro psychiatric hospital where she overcame prejudices against her as a woman to demand and develop humane ways of dealing with the mentally ill.

    Spring Film Series: Nise: The Heart of Madness
    Date
    Cost
    $7 for regular admission and $6 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children
    Location
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    Spring Film Series: Nise: The Heart of Madness 7:30 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre
  2. Spring Film Series: The Women's Balcony

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    A major success in Israel, the film follows the challenges within an Orthodox Jewish community after a disaster forces its rabbi to take time off.

    Spring Film Series: The Women's Balcony
    Date
    Cost
    $7 for regular admission and $6 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children
    Location
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    Spring Film Series: The Women's Balcony 7:30 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre
  3. HSRT: Working

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    From the book by Studs Terkel.  Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.  Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor 

    HSRT: Working
    Date
    Cost
    $40 Adult Mezzanine, $35 Adult Orchestra, $32 Senior/Faculty/Staff Mezzanine, $28 Senior/Faculty/Staff Orchestra & Balcony
    Location
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    HSRT: Working 7:30 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre
  4. HSRT: School House Rock Live!

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    From the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe.  Based on an idea by David McCall.

    HSRT: School House Rock Live!
    Date
    Cost
    $15 for adults and children
    Location
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    HSRT: School House Rock Live! 1:30 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre
  5. HSRT: Driving Miss Daisy

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    By Alfted Uhry

    HSRT: Driving Miss Daisy
    Date
    Cost
    $30 Adult Mezzanine, $26 Adult Orchestra, $27 Senior/Faculty/Staff Mezzanine, $22 Senior/Faculty/Staff Orchestra & Balcony
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Driving Miss Daisy 7:30 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center, Main Theatre