The 22nd Annual Boston College Arts Festival will take place

Thursday, April 23–Saturday, April 25, 2020

The last weekend in April

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Every year, the Boston College Arts Festival brings the Boston College and surrounding communities together to celebrate the arts. In 2019, the 21st annual Arts Festival once again invited the community to experience the variety of arts at Boston College. A talented group of more than 1,900 student and faculty artists presented music, theater, dance, poetry, film, painting, sculpture, and more.

With over 16,000 visitors from Boston College and the surrounding community coming in attendance, the Arts Festival never fails to be one of the most vibrant and exciting events at Boston College. Students have the added bonus of relieving end-of-semester stress, while members of the surrounding communities are given the opportunity to delight in all forms of art, from the laugh-out-loud humor offered by comedy groups, to the transcendent beauty of the many dance ensembles, to the boldness of the studio art students' work.

Highlighted at the spring's festival are the "BC's Best" competition, BC Cultural Night, and Dancing with bOp!. Other annual features include children's activities, literary readings, alumni events, student art work for sale, multi-cultural dance performances, and expanded hours at the McMullen Museum. Special guests at the festival have included Tracey Wigfield '05, Nick Scandalios '89, Chris Doyle '81, Anne Garefino '81, Robert Polito '73, Chuck Hogan '89 and Amy Poehler '93.

New collaborations

The Arts Council and the Arts Festival committee are always looking for new ideas and creativity to incorporate and expand the Annual BC Arts Festival. If inspiration has struck, please contact arts@bc.edu with the subject line Arts Festival Proposal. The Arts Council takes proposals for the upcoming festival until December. You will be contacted within a week of submitting your proposal by an Arts Council representative. 

Collaborations from the 2019 Arts Festival

In a collaboration with the Provost and Dean of Faculties and the Vice Provost for Research, the 2019 festival featured events on the processes of creative innovation: through design thinking, 3D prototyping, and storytelling. Among these events was Stories by (Design + Thinking) @BC, a storytelling ‘fireside chat’ of innovative projects and ongoing initiatives at Boston College using design thinking.

Design Swarms: BC students took part in an extreme-lean approach used to create innovative solutions to social challenges. This process has been used to address such issues as homelessness, crises faced by refugees, and disaster relief. The final Design Swarms posters were on view in the O’Neill Plaza Tent.

Stories by (Design + Thinking) @BC: A storytelling ‘fireside chat’ in seven-minute stories based on innovative projects and ongoing initiatives at Boston College using design thinking. Featured stories from BC’s Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Connell School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and more.

MAKE: Rapid Visualization and Prototyping: A workshop demonstrating art and design techniques for prototyping ideas.

MAKE: 3D Digital Fabrication: A session demonstrating prototyping through 3D Printing and Digital Laser Cutting.

For more information about the 21st Annual Arts Festival: 2019 Arts Festival Program (PDF)

Alumni, Faculty & Student Recognition

Each year, the Boston College Arts Council recognizes an alumnus, a faculty member, and several students for their accomplishments and contributions to the arts in various disciplines. Alumni and faculty award recipients serve as role models, inspiring and guiding developing young artists in the Boston College community. The award recipients participate in programming at our annual campus-wide Arts Festival and interact in small-group settings with students in their fields. Student award recipients in sophomore, junior or senior years are recognized for their creativity and accomplishments, as well as for specific projects.