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Arts & Culture

GW sits in the heart of one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities. The university is proud of the visual and performing arts that are prominent in our academic programs and in campus life.

Students are encouraged to explore their academic and creative interests in the arts. They can use university studios and practice spaces; work one-on-one with innovative and distinguished faculty members, many of whom are artists themselves; and join in D.C.’s artistic life. Washington is home to many of our nation’s most important museums, stages, libraries, centers for performing arts and arts organizations. Each year, the departments of fine arts, music, and theater and dance award scholarships to deserving entering freshmen. The Presidential Scholars in the Arts Program identifies students with promise in fine arts, music, acting, technical theater, dance and choreography.

The GW community is alive with art and culture. The Department of Theatre & Dance present six theater and dance main-stage productions each year, and campus is abuzz with numerous other university-sponsored music performances. Student-run groups and local professional ensembles offer additional outlets for artistic expression on and around campus.

GW’s Lisner Auditorium on the Foggy Bottom campus is the second largest performance venue in the city, with acts and appearances ranging from Betty White to Salmon Rushdie, and Flamenco Festivals to Al Gore. GW students are fortunate to have the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art just blocks from campus. The National Gallery of Art and other major museums and galleries are nearby.

On-Campus Performance Venues

GW Art Galleries

Voice Ensembles

Improv and Theater Groups

Dance Groups

Instrumental Ensembles

A Celebration of the Arts