This world has cracks and flaws. It is endlessly imperfect. Art has the potential to revive, reconnect, and restore what is broken. At Calvin, we take that power seriously. Our poems give words a new heart. Our paintings turn issues into understanding. Our films build relationships. Our arias renew weary souls. Through art—in all its powerful forms—we tangibly renew God’s creation.
Can the arts make a city a better place to live? Free the oppressed? Reconcile inequality? At Calvin, we approach the arts with the bold belief that creative work is meant to serve God and others by questioning the status quo, challenging injustices, and actively working to make the world more like God intended it to be.
Revel in beauty
Great creative work draws you to a deeper place—a place of unfettered emotion and boundless joy. Through vibrant offerings in the arts—concerts, films, festivals, theatre performances, and more—Calvin invites you to revel in creative culture, believe in its ability to do good, and experience it as much more than entertainment.
Jump right in. Apply to join this dynamic community of first- and second-year students interested in all forms of creativity. Here, you'll have the opportunity to take arts-based courses together, participate in creative activities on and off campus, and explore the arts through place-based learning and travel.
Whatever your major, sing or create music in any of our 12 diverse instrumental and vocal ensembles. Opportunities include bands, ensembles and choirs in a variety of styles, as well as the annual Oratorio Society production of Handel’s Messiah.
CALVIN THEATRE COMPANY
Immerse yourself in theater while developing lifelong skills in design, communiction, business, and many other fields. You’ll perform and tell stories alongside students from all areas of study.
This student-run creative journal is a beautiful publication of words and art published twice a year—and the Dialogue team hosts release parties.
STUDENT VIDEO PRODUCTIONS
If you’re passionate about video production, this group can give you relevant experience producing videos for clients, festivals, and campus productions.
VISUAL ARTS GUILD
When you join this community, you’ll be working to raise awareness of art on Calvin’s campus and connecting with the growing artistic community in Grand Rapids.
Every week, student writers, editors and designers deliver Chimes, Calvin’s weekly newspaper that delves into a wide range of issues, ideas, and events that affect our community.
Whether you’re a beginner, expert, or lifelong learner, there’s a place for you in Dance Guild, Calvin's largest student organization. Each semester, over 300 students present 30+ dance pieces at two sold-out shows in our main auditorium.
SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL
A party for the whole campus: the annual Spring Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts, with games, live music, a cookout, and exhibition of artwork from many media.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES OFFICE
With input from the Student Advisory Board, SAO puts on regular free film screenings and student-priced tickets to concerts like The National, Sigur Ròs, Ingrid Michaelson, and Lecrae.