Friday, September 9, 2022
11 am to 2 pm
George Sherman Union Plaza (rain location – Ziskind Lounge)

We are back! Live! Join the BU Arts Initiative, BU Arts Programs, academic units, and selected Boston area arts organizations to explore all that BU and Boston have to offer. Look for discounts, special offers, internship opportunities, and more!

BU students also have a chance to sign up for a pair of raffle tickets only during the Arts Fair, to Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience Boston and or Hairspray tickets.

Participating organizations include:

Boston Area Organizations:

  • Central Square Theatre is the home of The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater, where a host of urban theatrical arts works by featured professional companies & collaborative projects are held.
  • SpeakEasy Stage is a non-profit theatre company located in the South End of Boston. Led by award-winning Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault, we produce 28 weeks of new plays and musicals each season at the Nancy and Ed Roberts Studio Theater in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. 
  • Handel and Haydn Society performs Baroque and Classical music with freshness, vitality, and creativity that inspires all ages. H+H has been captivating audiences for 208 consecutive seasons (the most of any performing arts organization in the United States), speaking to its singular success at converting new audiences to this extraordinary music, generation after generation.
  • The Theater Offensive is a space established in 1989 that presents art by, for, and about queer and trans people of color that transcends artistic boundaries, celebrates cultural abundance, and dismantles oppression. They will be raffling off tickets to their  Beyond The Stage and/or Queer Purgatory Events.
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art is an art museum and exhibition space located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra Now in its 141st season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert in 1881, realizing the dream of its founder, the Civil War veteran/businessman/philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson, who envisioned a great and permanent orchestra in his hometown of Boston. Today the BSO reaches millions of listeners through not only its concert performances in Boston and at Tanglewood, but also via the internet, radio, television, educational programs, recordings, and tours.
  • Unbound Visual Arts is an educational charity based in Allston-Brighton that presents curated educational art exhibitions on important cultural and social topics, such as wellness, non-violence, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.
  • Jean Appolon Expressions is a contemporary dance company deeply rooted in Haitian-folkloric culture that nurtures a global community through professional performances, educational opportunities, dance training, and the joy of movement for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. JAE will be giving away 1 free pass to a Haitian Folklore dance class taught by Jean Appolon.
  • Boston Center for the Arts is an incubator of new work; a celebration of process; progress in motion. They believe in equitable access to resources, opportunities, and experiences. Boston Center for the Arts serves Boston’s working artists; patrons; neighbors—living, learning, and thriving together. Come ask about internships, artist residencies, free exhibitions and shows online and in-person, and more opportunities for young creatives and arts-lovers!
  • New Repertory Theatre   Now in its fourth decade, New Repertory Theatre has established itself as one of the Boston area’s premiere theater companies. Celebrated for electrifying, compelling, and poignant productions, New Rep plays reflect our world and community, and regularly explore ideas that have vital resonance in our lives, here and now. New Rep shows are provocative, intelligent, and entertaining.
  • Huntington Theatre Company  The Huntington is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets. Since its founding in 1982, The Huntington has received over 150 Elliot Norton and Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, as well as the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. In the past 36 years, The Huntington has played to an audience of 3.5 million, presented over 200 plays (18 of which went on to Broadway or Off-Broadway), and served over 500,000 students, community members, and other cultural organizations.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre is New England’s most successful independent, nonprofit cinema. Built as a church in 1906, it was redesigned as an Art Deco movie palace in 1933 and has never closed its doors to the public since then. Located in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts, it was the community’s first movie theater and now, a non-profit foundation since 1989, it celebrates the experience of cinema by presenting the finest international, documentary, animated, and independent film selections and series.
  • Celebrity Series is a nonprofit performing arts presenting organization that presents artists who inspire and enrich the Boston community. They present world-class performers from around the globe in a variety of disciplines including classical music, orchestras, vocalists, jazz, folk music, ballet and modern dance, and theatre for around 100 presentations each year. They also work with schools and community organizations to introduce young audiences to performing arts.

BU Organizations:

  • BU School of Theatre offers one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design, production, and all aspects of the theatrical profession. 
  • History of Art & Architecture at BU boasts a faculty of expertise that spans the full range from antiquity to the present and virtually worldwide, allowing us to offer a global curriculum in the history of art and architecture. Their location in Boston also brings with it the opportunity to benefit from the world-class museums of Boston, Cambridge, and the greater metropolitan area.
  • BU Study Abroad offers students from Boston University and over 100 other colleges and universities nationwide including multiple arts-focused programs. 
  • BU Global Music Festival is an all-day outdoor festival on Saturday, September 17. Enjoy extraordinary international music, educational events, and a global bazaar at Boston University – all free and open to the public.
  • Creative Writing Program & Favorite Poem Project offers students the opportunity to complete the MFA degree in fiction or poetry in one year (two to three semesters) through a rigorous combination of creative writing workshops and literature courses.
  • BU Art Galleries is dedicated to serving the Boston University community as well as the greater Boston and New England public, the Boston University Art Galleries are committed to a culturally inclusive and interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Part of the College of Fine Arts, the Boston University Art Galleries maintains an ongoing exhibition schedule in two locations on the University campus—the Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery and 808 Gallery—offering temporary exhibitions that focus on contemporary international, national, and regional art developments.
  • BU Libraries house more than 2.4 million physical volumes, over 45,000 current unique serials, and 77,000 media titles. They provide research tools and services that include library tutorials, library instruction from research basics to graduate-level classes, reference services in all their major libraries, access to digital resources, specialist consultations, and librarian-created guides with curated resources.
  • BU School of Music/BU Bands – BU School of Music offers the best of both worlds: a focused, conservatory-style program and the opportunities of a major research university. Neither world is easy. One requires artistic intensity, the other academic commitment, and both demand critical thinking and discipline. This is our world. This is BU School of Music.
  • Boston Playwrights’ Theatre is a professional theatre that advances the development, production, and promotion of new plays to continue theatrical achievement in Boston and New England.
  • BU Dance Program is all about lifelong learning and serves students, the BU community, and the general public. From learning to performing to attending events, they have something to offer. Students can take our classes for academic credit and/or as recreational dance classes.
  • Innovate@BU  is a University-wide initiative to enable all BU Terriers to become drivers of innovation in their own lives, careers, and communities. Through its physical home on the Charles River campus, the BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center provides a variety of signature programs that foster an entrepreneurial mindset and help students turn their ideas into something real.
  • BU College of Fine Arts is a community of artist-scholars and scholar-artists who are passionate about the fine and performing arts, committed to diversity and inclusion, and determined to improve the lives of others through art. With studies in Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.  BU College of Fine Arts prepares students for a meaningful creative life by developing their intellectual capacity to create art, hone skills, shift perspective, and think broadly.
  • BU Student Wellbeing is a campus-wide initiative to support students’ health and wellness during their time at BU. We believe that everyone deserves to feel good and that how students feel matters. Our collective goal – as administrators, faculty, and staff – is to inspire our students to feel fulfilled each day, despite the ups and downs of life on campus.
  • BU School of Visual Arts offers a personal, supportive program centered on a rigorous fine arts curriculum deeply rooted in studio practice. Find your voice in experimentation and exploration through studio work, electives, internships, minors, and exposure to visiting artists.
  • The Cinema and Media Studies program offers students a comprehensive education in the history, culture, aesthetics, and theory of moving-image media. They offer courses on a variety of film movements and genres, individual filmmakers, and a range of media, as well as courses devoted to national cinemas in Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
  • The Newbury Center opened its doors in January 2021 with the goal of fostering the holistic success of first-generation students at Boston University—students they refer to as “Terrier Firsts.” The center aims to become a highly visible, transformative unit of the University, offering programming and services designed to ensure that first-generation students experience the same sense of well-being, belonging, self-efficacy, and academic accomplishment as their continuing-generation peers. The center is located in the heart of campus, at 755 Commonwealth Ave.
  • WBUR CitySpace at The Lavine Broadcast Center is the embodiment of WBUR’s mission to inform, challenge and enrich the human experience. Our events bring you inside our journalism with luminaries from Boston and beyond. Join us for cutting-edge conversations, adventurous art, and innovative ideas. Find common ground, gather new perspectives, and put names and faces to the voices you’ve come to trust on air and online. CitySpace is WBUR on stage.
  • Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University creates inter-generational and multicultural productions that provide a shared experience for the whole family. Their productions celebrate the diverse range of families found in the world today and seek to unite them in the shared experience of live theatre. Founded in 1981 the theatre has produced more than 100 mainstage productions reaching more than half a million people.
  • Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program supports sophomores and juniors who have secured unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations. In addition to providing a living allowance stipend, the program is designed to enhance recipients’ learning experiences through program components such as the development of a learning agreement and, upon the internship’s conclusion, the writing of a reflective essay. The Yawkey Program is coordinated by the Center for Career Development.

Stay tuned for more!