Arts Events & Centers
Campus buzzes with arts activity year round, with students busy in the several spaces at our internationally recognized College of Fine Arts and the many events and centers that are free to the BU and Greater Boston communities. Read on for events and locales geared toward specific areas, check the events calendar, or see our complete list of venues.
Faculty and student recitals and world music performances are just some of the things that you can find at the College of Fine Arts Concert Hall. Arts-related student organizations perform at a variety of venues across campus, while BU Central regularly offers live music. Agganis Arena hosts concerts featuring big-ticket names, and WBUR. BU’s own NPR station, broadcasts a wide variety of music right from the west end of campus.
Feast your eyes on the variety of rotating exhibitions offered every semester in the BU Art Gallery, the College of Fine Arts’ several galleries, the Howard Thurman Center gallery, and at the Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism. Faculty and student art is often on view in addition to work by acclaimed national and international artists.
If you enjoy the energy of live stagecraft, catch an act at the Boston Center for American Performance or the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, where you can also see first-time performances of new works. And of course you can catch any number of School of Theatre productions in the Theatre Lab, and the Miller and Jewels Studio Theatres, all in the College of Fine Arts at 855 Commonwealth Avenue.
BU’s creative writing program offers a number of opportunities to hear writers in all stages of their careers and runs the Favorite Poem Project, founded by BU faculty member and former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. In addition, BU’s Poetry Reading Series offers a chance to hear the work of both renowned and emerging poets, while professional literary journal Agni and student literary journal The Chimaerid produce annual issues featuring short stories, poetry, artwork, and more.
Get up close and personal with archives from artists, musicians, dancers, writers, and actors in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. You can also check out Boston University Dance and more at the BU Dance Theatre and a variety of programming from BU and area arts organizations at the Tsai Performance Center.
Explore the roster of more than 50 arts-related student organizations registered with BU Student Activities, including groups focused on photography, dance, theatre, a cappella, comedy, and more.
Many music organizations at BU are open to interested students regardless of proficiency or major—and in some cases you can get class credit for taking part. These range from the Marching Band, the Pep Band, and groovy Jazz Combos to the Marsh Chapel Choir and music ensembles celebrating the best in religious music.
BU is home to myriad arts-related programs at different schools and colleges, many of them nationally recognized.
The Schools of Theatre, Music, and Visual Arts, all within the College of Fine Arts, together offer a wide variety of programs, including interdisciplinary degrees in art, music, and theatre education, performance diplomas, minors, and courses open to the entire BU community.
Other opportunities include Hospitality Facility Design in the School of Hospitality Administration, a minor in dance in addition to credit and noncredit courses focused on various dance forms at BU’s Fitness & Recreation Center, and the School of Theology’s master’s degree in sacred music.
Here is a list of courses in the College of Fine Arts that are available to non-CFA students.
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We’re looking for great ideas to engage our campus community through art. Each semester, the BU Arts Initiative offers grants for special projects. Read the criteria and feel free to contact us if you have questions.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) was established in 1997 to facilitate participation by Boston University undergraduates in faculty-mentored research. Research projects may be undertaken in any academic area, including the arts, and can take place at either the Charles River Campus or the Medical Campus. The Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines such endeavors as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline”.
We award grants to faculty and staff for projects that will directly involve students in the arts. Elsewhere on campus, the College of Arts & Sciences offers the Academic Enhancement Fund, while BU’s Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching (CEIT)—established to promote and support exemplary teaching, facilitate the continued professional development of faculty as teachers, and introduce new faculty to the culture of excellence in teaching at BU—partners with us to explore relevant issues related to the arts.