Public Art Events

Most of Bates arts events are free to the public. Please visit the Arts Section of the Events website for an aggregation of all event types found on this page.


Concerts on the Quad

Taking place at 6:30 on the Coram Library porch on the Historic Quad, at College Street and Campus Avenue, these concerts are open to the public at no cost.

Music Department Concerts

All Concerts will be held in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall and are free of charge unless otherwise stated.

Olin Concert Series

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.



Dance Performances

The Department of Theater and Dance produces dance concerts throughout the year. Tickets are free admission with a suggested $5 donation, except where noted.

Bates Dance Festival

Bates Dance Festival is a unique opportunity to have a complete immersion experience as a core component of the Bates Dance experience. The Bates Dance Festival brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work.




As a service to the artists in our community, the Bates College Museum of Art hosts life drawing sessions on Wednesdays throughout the academic year. Admission: $10, $9 for friends of the museum.




The Bates College Museum of Art brings a world of ideas to Bates College and the state of Maine. Through temporary exhibitions, the permanent collection, programming and education programs the MoA is an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of the College and region.




Literary Arts Live celebrates the diverse vitalities of today’s poetry and fiction.



Theater Productions

The Theater Department annually produces more than a dozen plays, films, dance concerts, and other performance events in its three theaters. These require the participation of large numbers of students, both majors and non-majors. The department invites all members of the campus community to join in the creation of these events.