Arts at Bates

Dynamic. Provocative. Life-changing.

The arts provide some of our most rewarding terrains for imagination, experimentation, and intelligence. The Bates arts scene is vibrant and prolific, offering our community a dynamic collection of performances and exhibitions all year long.
Most of Bates arts events are free to the public.


Classical, Popular and World Music – Olin Arts Center

Bates musical presentations celebrate a wide spectrum of genres and cultures.  In addition to concerts and recitals featuring the College Orchestra, College Choir, Jazz Band, Gamelan and Steel Pan Orchestras, Olin regularly presents acclaimed special guests and visiting international artists.



Theater & Dance – Schaeffer Theater

The Theater and Dance performance season offers classic and contemporary theater productions in our three unique theater spaces as well as four diverse dance performances annually with original choreographic works by visiting guest artists, faculty and student choreographers.






Visual Arts

Student and faculty artists present regular exhibitions, and guest lecturers explore intersecting areas of art, architecture and material culture in a wide range of subjects and mediums.


Literary Arts Live!

Readings and lectures that explore cultural and artistic topics are presented by faculty, students and visiting guests several times a semester.


Bates Museum of Art  – Olin Arts Center

MoA brings a world of ideas to our community and the state of Maine. Through temporary and permanent exhibitions, and educational programs, the Museum is an integral part of the cultural life of the region.


Bates Dance Festival

For 33 years, BDF has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists and professional training programs and creative residencies during the summer.