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. From Beyond the Stars: Innovation and Inspiration in Meiji Japanese Art

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    Our fall semester exhibit examines the role of art in the broader political, social, economic and cultural changes that transformed Japan into a modern global power at the end of the 19th century.

    From Beyond the Stars: Innovation and Inspiration in Meiji Japanese Art
    Date
    Cost
    Free Admission
    Location
    Kruizenga Art Museum
    From Beyond the Stars: Innovation and Inspiration in Meiji Japanese Art 10:00 am - Kruizenga Art Museum
  2. StrikeTime Performance

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    Free event

    StrikeTime Performance
    Date
    Location
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    StrikeTime Performance 7:00 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre
  3. Great Performance Series: Cashore Marionettes

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    Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes will be returning to Hope College — after four sold-out showings in the past — with an evening performance on Friday, Jan. 19, and a matinee on Saturday, Jan 20, at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

    Great Performance Series: Cashore Marionettes
    Date
    Location
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    Great Performance Series: Cashore Marionettes 7:30 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre
  4. Guest Artist - Jerome Lowenthal, Piano

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    Guest Artist - Jerome Lowenthal, Piano
    Date
    Location
    Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
    Guest Artist - Jerome Lowenthal, Piano 7:30 pm - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Concert Hall
  5. Great Performance Series: Cashore Marionettes

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    Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes will be returning to Hope College — after four sold-out showings in the past — with an evening performance on Friday, Jan. 19, and a matinee on Saturday, Jan 20, at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

    Great Performance Series: Cashore Marionettes
    Date
    Location
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    Great Performance Series: Cashore Marionettes 2:00 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre