Arts & Culture At Wittenberg
Arts and culture are alive at Wittenberg! Public talks, theatre productions, dance concerts, music recitals, ensemble concerts, art shows, and cultural festivals enliven the campus and the greater community.
The Wittenberg Series
From visual and performing artists of national and international prominence to diverse cultural, intellectual and value-centered programs, The Wittenberg Series annually enhances Wittenberg’s academic program by providing unique and exciting avenues for students to engage with the arts. (At right, 2012-2013 Wittenberg Series Poster: painting “Kilclooney More Dolmen” by Associate Professor of Art Ed Charney.)
Theatre & Dance
One of only 23 institutions in the nation ranked by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Drama,” Wittenberg consistently appears alongside such schools as Julliard, Vassar, Oberlin, Otterbein and Princeton. Students regularly take advantage of the performance and production opportunities available.
A member of the National Association of Schools of Music for more than 75 years, Wittenberg’s Department of Music is one of the university’s most active departments. The Wittenberg Symphonic Band is the largest instrumental group on campus and the Wittenberg Choir tours each spring. Faculty and students perform regularly, in solo recitals and ensemble concerts. Get involved! Take lessons, perform in an ensemble, attend a concert. Come join us in making music and listening to music!
Students’ creativity is regularly unleashed in the university’s spacious, well-lit studios, where students also have access to equipment specifically designed for their chosen media area. Within short driving distance of some of Ohio’s top metropolitan museums, Wittenberg also offers unique options for students to share their artistic talents with the community, including the annual fundraiser Empty Bowls, which raises more than $25,000 each year to fight hunger.
Arts in the Greater Community
As an extension to Wittenberg’s own arts-rich environment, Springfield’s annual CultureFest, the Summer Arts Festival, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and The Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University (107 Cliff Park Road) houses the Springfield Museum of Art and Wittenberg’s New Student Theatre, which makes for a dynamic engagement with the arts close to campus. Admission is free to the Springfield Museum of Art for Wittenberg faculty, staff, alumni, and students and their families.