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The Arts on Campus

The arts play a key role in the university's curriculum and provide an array of extracurricular opportunities.

Perfect Strangers: Machine Project and the Hamiltonians

Key and keychain iconMachine Project is a Los Angeles based organization dedicated to helping artists do fun experiments together with the public.

During the fall of 2015, project artists came to campus and the village to work with us on community art projects.


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Author Zadie Smith speaking to Colgate students at a Living Writers session
Visiting Artists
Throughout the academic year, a diverse range of artists, performers, and writers come to campus for short visits and long-term residencies.

Actors on stage in Colgate student production of Three Gods
Student Involvement
Students can immerse themselves in artistic, musical, and theatrical expressions all around campus.

Sculpture fuses arts and sciences
A confluence of art, engineering, and mathematics led to the creation of Colgate Professor DeWitt Godfrey’s latest sculpture, Odin, a giant steel structure now nestled in the courtyard between Olin Hall and the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center. READ MORE

The Nutcracker

The Colgate Ballet Company performs their annual production of the Nutcracker. The performance is student directed, choreographed, and performed.


Many Colgate students share a passion for dance, as evidenced by each semester's biggest campus event: Dancefest!