Arts & Culture

Our students have easy access to the arts as spectators, participants, and creators right on our campuses.

Whether you are into drawing, painting, singing, dancing, acting, making your friends laugh, or playing an instrument in an ensemble—or if you simply want to be entertained and enlightened by the talents of your fellow students—Hopkins can satisfy your cultural cravings.

Three students participate in improv comedy exercise
Say anything

Improv comedy class teaches science-minded students to think on their feet

The Peabody Institute, the nation’s first conservatory, is home to some of the world’s most gifted musicians and puts on more than 50 events each year that are open to the public—orchestral and jazz concerts, operas and symphonic performances, Renaissance music and modern arrangements that defy description.

But you don’t have to be a music major to perform at Hopkins—with more than 30 student a cappella and dance groups and the Hopkins Pep Band (a fixture at football and lacrosse games), anyone can be a performer. There’s the Choral Society, founded in 1883 by Woodrow Wilson as the first student group on campus. We also have a chamber ensemble and a gospel choir, a wind ensemble and jazz bands, and the acclaimed Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.

If the stage is more your speed, you can choose from a handful of theater groups that perform everything from Shakespeare to improv comedy;or learn about acting, directing, and playwriting by pursuing an undergraduate minor in theatre arts. And if you’re feeling especially adventurous, there’s the Entertainers Club, fit for fire-jugglers, unicyclists, yo-yo enthusiasts, and the like.

For the more visually inclined, our Center for Visual Arts gives students a studio environment to hone their painting, drawing, cartooning, design, and photography skills. For inspiration, drop by the neighboring Baltimore Museum of Art (which is right next to our Homewood campus), explore one of the university’s three museums, or visit some of the many other museums or galleries around Baltimore.

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