What makes Grinnell’s music and arts scene unique? You!

Our campus activities reflect our students’ interests.  As a student, you can book films and concerts, help select speakers and topics for symposia, and share your own creative talents. And no matter what your major, you can participate in student plays, join music ensembles, learn studio arts from ceramics to digital media, and explore the written word; 75 percent of students are actively engaged in one or more arts programs.

We also bring celebrated artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and theatrical groups from all over the world to campus. They perform, exhibit, lead workshops, and sometimes teach classes, providing an ongoing stimulus to the entire community. 

Want more? Try these on for size:

Free: Entertainment — like concerts, performances, speakers and films — are all free to students (Yes, you heard that right.)

Great location: How can we get acts that play to packed crowds in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York? We have an advantage…we’re “on the way.” That and we have a reputation for being a great audience.

Face-to-face: Our small size and welcoming atmosphere encourages many of our visiting authors, musicians, and speakers to talk to student groups, visit classes, or start an impromptu jam session in the Pub or Bob’s Underground.

Student-selected: As a student, you have a lot of say in who comes to campus. Let your voice be heard in student-run films and concert committees, through your student organization, or as a student representative on program committees.

Student-created: Share campus in-jokes and your directorial skills in the decades-old Titular Head film festival, sing out in a capella groups like Con Brio, share your latest creations in the Smith Gallery, curate exhibits for campus galleries, or perform with your band with our [freesound] student group. 


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The Faulconer Gallery will display works ranging from the surreal to hyper-real June 29 to Sept. 15, 2018.
Faulconer Gallery
Faulconer Gallery presents exhibitions of regional, national, and international art year-round.
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Violin ensemble
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Students performing a traditional dance
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