The Arts Scene
Nine of the many ways you know we’re serious about creative work:Next: Off-Campus Study
Nine of the many ways you know we’re serious about creative work:
1. The Bates Museum of Art.
We call it a laboratory for collaboration around visual arts and culture. You might call it the place where a painting or video changed how you see the world — or where Victoria Wyeth ’01dished the inside scoop on her grandfather Andy.
2. The Bates Dance Festival.
An international gathering of rising stars and veteran talent. Cutting-edge performances and intensive classes. Every summer since 1983.
3. The Arts Crawl.
Two hours of nonstop art on a winter night. Snow sculpture, fiddlers, poets in trees, step dancing, contact improv, exhibitions, presentations and a giant photo booth. Brought to you by the Bates Arts Collaborative.
4. The annual number of performances at the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall.
It’s about 150. Some of those are by our student ensembles (Bates Gamelan Orchestra, Bates College Orchestra, concert choir, fiddle band, jazz band, Steel Pan Orchestra).
Also known as the Bates International Poetry Festival. Poets from around the world come together for five days of readings, workshops and unclassifiable events.
6. The Robinson Players.
A student-run theater group with a distinguished history and a fearless approach to what’s next.
7. The monthly contradance.
Sponsored by our student-run Freewill Folk Society.
8. Language Arts Live.
Our reading series, featuring established and emerging talent. Recent guests: Emily Barton, Christina Chiu ’91, Major Jackson, Dinaw Mengetsu.
9. The visitors.
Every year we bring leading artists to campus for lectures, workshops, and performances. A few recent examples: choreographers Niles Ford and Monica Bill Barnes, musicians Avishai Cohen, Suzanne Vega and Junior Brown, and artists Rachel Perry Welty and Kate Gilmore ’97.