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.



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.

Art & Visual Culture

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.


The Theater performance season offers classic and contemporary theater productions in our three unique theater spaces.


The Dance performance season offers four diverse dance performances annually, with original choreographic works by visiting guest artists, faculty and student choreographers.

Creative Writing


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

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.

Olin Concert Series

Olin Arts Center

The Olin Concert Series engages the community with vibrant and eclectic programming that promotes artistic excellence, explores the widest spectrum of world cultures, and enhances the College’s academic programs.

Bates Dance Festival

For 35 years, the Bates Dance Festival has been producing a six-week performance series featuring acclaimed contemporary artists, three training programs for youth through professionals, and creative development residencies for artists during the summer months.