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The producing and performing arts play an important role in the intellectual and cultural aspirations of the college and the education of the whole person. At Smith, the arts have a long history of helping students generate a sense of belonging, encouraging them to think creatively, encouraging diverse perspectives, developing new habits of the mind, and offering new modes of discovering one’s voice. SmithArts aims to make visible all the opportunities to engage and strengthen the presence of art and artists on campus, allowing students to discover new avenues for advancing their creativity in ways that will enrich their future, no matter what field they pursue.

What’s Happening

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Amplifying Art

The Smith Office for the Arts partnered with the Wurtele Center for Leadership and Neilson Library to sponsor the 2023–24 Amplify Public Art Competition. Students created public art responses to the exhibit “Radical Visions: The Art of Protest Posters” that was featured in the fall, activating the public space of Neilson’s ground floor with dynamic installations representing a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. The winning Amplify Public Art submissions are now on display at Neilson Library through May 2024.

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Text on pink background: Amplify Competition There's never been a better time to have your voice heard
Leigh Fagin in an auditorium.

Office for the Arts

Founded in Fall 2022, the Smith Office for the Arts (SOFA) is a new office, headed by director Leigh Fagin, focused on unifying arts planning and programming on campus through collaboration and co-creation of programs and initiatives designed to support the creative work of students, staff and faculty. 

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Ushering in a New Era

What better way to greet an incoming president than with performances, exhibitions, film screenings, and more? Smith Office for the Arts was proud and delighted to be a part of the inauguration of Sarah Willie-LeBreton in such a big way. Showcasing all that Smith and its students have to offer, the weekend was filled with amazing artistic works across campus.

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A group of students on the stage in Mendenhall, clapping and smiling as Sarah Willie-LeBreton greets them

Blackout Poetry Project 2023–24

Be a part of this community project that offers a chance to interact with and reinterpret Emily Post's rules of etiquette. Participants will engage with her iconic work, updating her rules using new media and visual expression to say something entirely new. After each stunning, idiosyncratic, vibrant, haunting or hilarious page is made, we will gather them into a new collection of poetry and art that could only have been made by our community. 

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Blackout Poetry Project at Smith

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When you join our SmithArts mailing list, you will receive weekly emails with information on art, dance, music, theatre and film/media events at Smith during the academic year. Sign up for our new SOFANotes email to learn about current exhibits, visiting artists & poets, academic opportunities and more.