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


  1. In Memory: The Art of Billy Mayer

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    A new exhibition opening at the Hope College Kruizenga Art Museum on Tuesday, May 29, provides a retrospective look at the artistic career of Hope College art professor Billy Mayer, who passed away unexpectedly at age 64 in November 2017.

    In Memory: The Art of Billy Mayer
    Free Admission
    Kruizenga Art Museum
    In Memory: The Art of Billy Mayer 10:00 am - Kruizenga Art Museum
  2. HSRT: The Wiz

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    Hope Summer Repertory Theatre will open “The Wiz” on Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre.

    HSRT: The Wiz
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: The Wiz 7:30 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center, Main Theatre
  3. HSRT: Dragon Pack Snack Attack: The Musical

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    Hope Summer Repertory Theatre will kick off its 47th season with the world premiere of “Dragon Pack Snack Attack – The Musical,” on Wednesday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theatre.

    HSRT: Dragon Pack Snack Attack: The Musical
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Dragon Pack Snack Attack: The Musical 1:30 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center, Studio Theatre
  4. Inventing America

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    The Founding Fathers will return to the big screen at Hope College’s Knickerbocker Theatre for a final time on Friday, June 29, at 8 p.m. as they discuss the Bill of Rights during a free premiere showing of the concluding episode in the three-part “Inventing America” series.

    Inventing America
    Knickerbocker Theatre
    Inventing America 7:30 pm - Knickerbocker Theatre, Main Theatre
  5. HSRT: The Odd Couple

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    Additional performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on June 30; and July 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 16 and 18. There will also be a performance at 1:30 p.m. on July 7.

    The classic comedy opens as a group of guys assemble for cards in the apartment of the divorced Oscar Madison. Last to arrive is the fastidious and excessively tense Felix Ungar, who has just recently separated from his wife. Felix tries to hold it all together, but his friends can tell he is upset about his divorce. Since he has nowhere to go, Oscar invites Felix to move in with him until he has the chance to figure things out. Although the two men are exact opposites, the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born.

    “The Odd Couple” is directed by Jahnna Beecham. The creative team includes Joe Flauto as scenic designer, Olivia Trees as costume designer, Stephen Sakowski as lighting designer, Josh Schmidt as sound designer and Shea Hittman as stage manager.

    The cast includes Michael J. Barnes, Kevin Beebee, Devri Chism, Kristin Conrad, Chip DuFord, Glen Forbes, Eric Robinson and Brandon Wright.

    Individual tickets for “The Odd Couple” range from $22 to $26 for balcony/orchestra seating and from $27 to $30 for mezzanine seating. Tickets for children under the age of 18 are $15. Tickets and season packages may be purchased through the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets can also be purchased online at hope.edu/tickets.

    The DeWitt Center is located on the Hope College campus at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue between 10th and 13th streets.

    Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s 47th season runs June 13 through August 10 and includes “The Wiz,’” “The Odd Couple,” “An Iliad,” “Godspell” and “The Dragon Pack Snack Attack.”  More information can be found online at hope.edu/hsrt or facebook.com/hopesummertheatre.

    HSRT: The Odd Couple
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: The Odd Couple 7:30 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center, Main Theatre