Get Involved

Boston College offers a vibrant arts scene and many ways to get involved. From the studio to the stage, our arts programs enrich the lives of our students, faculty, and greater community. At Boston College, the arts inspire reflection and spark creativity. Through visual, musical, and physical art activities on and off-campus, you’ll find many opportunities to think in new ways and connect to others in a dynamic environment.

Where does one even start? The Arts Council is here to help you connect to everything our campus and community has to offer. 

Participate

Arts Festival

The combined efforts of students, faculty, and the entire BC community are what makes the Boston College annual art festival unique every year. These invidivuals (just like you) are passionate about the arts, and are committed to presenting and celebrating three days of performances, exhibitions, and creative expression.

In addition, any arts event taking place on the Boston College campus during the three day festival can be listed in the Arts Festival program by filling out our participation application. The application will be available online in November. All events will also be listed in the Univeristy online events calendar.

The 2020 festival will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 23–25, 2020. Below are some ways you can get involved. Learn more at bc.edu/artsfestival.

Programs and Events

Each year, the Arts Festival committee accepts applications for new and returning programs and projects. The entire BC community is encouraged to register and submit proposals to take part in the annual Arts Festival. The deadline for 2020 festival proposals is January 27, 2020.

General Registration

Cultural Showcase

Friday evening at the Arts Festival is dedicated to collaborative programing that showcases students' and BC's cultural heritage. All Boston College cultural groups are welcome to apply, individuals will also be accepted. To get involved in the event, submit a proposal online. competition at the festival that is preceded by several preliminary competitions.

Showcase Registration

Art Exhibitions

One of the many highlights of the Arts Festival is the art tent and gallery exhibitions that are curated by Boston College Professors and the Student Festival Gallery Director. The submission deadline is Monday, April 1, 2020. All applicants must be able to show affiliation with the Boston College community. Learn more and submit today!

Artist Registration

Dance Events

Each year, the Arts Festival committee accepts applications for new and returning programs and projects. The entire BC community is encouraged to register and submit proposals to take part in the annual Arts Festival. The deadline for 2020 festival proposals is January 27, 2020.

Dance Registration

Road to the Arts Festival

The festival provides opportunities for performing artists like singers, songwriters, and bands to perform. Partnering with CAB and the Music Guild, BC student musicians can participate in BC’s Best – a talent competition at the festival that is preceded by several preliminary competitions.

Singer Songwriter Registration

Maker/Craft Sale

The entire Boston College community is invited to participate in a maker/craft/art sale for items like jewelry, scarves, hand bags, etc., during the Arts Festival. Please email the Arts Council at arts@bc.edu to describe your interest by March 23, 2020. Artists must be able to demonstrate some affiliation with the Boston College community.

Participant Registration

A Cappella Showcase

Each year, the Arts Festival committee accepts applications for new and returning programs and projects. The entire BC community is encouraged to register and submit proposals to take part in the annual Arts Festival. The deadline for 2020 festival proposals is January 27, 2020.

A Cappella Registration

Road to the Arts Festival

The festival provides opportunities for performing artists like singers, songwriters, and bands to perform. Partnering with CAB and the Music Guild, BC student musicians can participate in BC’s Best – a talent competition at the festival that is preceded by several preliminary competitions.

Band Registration

Volunteer

The festival runs on student, faculty, staff, and community volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to soak in BC's creative community. Opportunities to get involved range from run crew to hosting, face painting to art installation, social media marketing to program coordinating, and more. Plus, all volunteers receive an annual arts festival t-shirt.

Volunteer Registration

Collaborate

The Arts Council and the Arts Festival committee are always looking for new ideas and creativity to incorporate into yearly programming and expand the Annual BC Arts Festival. If inspiration has struck, please contact arts@bc.edu with the subject lines of Arts Collaboration or 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. 

Design Swarms

In a collaboration with the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research, the 2019 festival featured events on the processes of creative innovation: through design thinking, 3D prototyping, and storytelling.

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MAKER Workshops

In a collaboration with the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research, the 2019 festival featured events on the processes of creative innovation: through design thinking, 3D prototyping, and storytelling.

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Stories by (Design + Thinking) @BC

In a collaboration with the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research, the 2019 festival featured events on the processes of creative innovation: through design thinking, 3D prototyping, and storytelling.

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Connect

Eyes on Art

Eyes on Art is Boston College's weekly newsletter for anyone interested in the arts! It includes events, exhibits, calls, advocacy, contests, around town events, and more.

Connect

Instagram

Here to encourage advocacy, enhancement & visibility for the arts at BC & beyond.

@bc_artscouncil

The BC Arts Insider

The BC Arts Insider blog showcases artistic events on campus; the work of BC alumni artists around the world; the achievements of BC students, faculty, and staff; and give a voice to the opinions and ideas of students, faculty, and alumni artists.

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Student Organizations

With more than 300 student organizations to choose from, focused on everything from arts and culture to politics, service, and social justice, you'll have opportunities to connect to a wide variety of students, develop leadership skills, and make a difference on campus and beyond.

Join

Facebook

Here to build community and bring the BC campus closer together.

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the Terrace

The Terrace is a digital publication produced by the McMullen Student Ambassadors. Learn about the Student Ambassadors, find episodes of the McMullen podcast, “Art in Focus,” an archive of lecture recordings, research on the McMullen permanent collection, as well as articles, interviews, digital resources, Boston spotlights, and more.

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Arts Coalition

The Coalition advocates for the arts by acting as arts ambassadors, encouraging participation and artistic formation across campus, not just socially but academically. Through this engagement, the coalition guides the student body to engage, create and experience forms of expression and contemplate lesser known narratives to bring awareness of the beauty in diversity.

Advocate

Calendar

Here to support and grow the arts and culture reach of Boston College.

arts calendar

John J. Burns Library's Blog

Located in the original Bapst Library building on Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus, the John J. Burns Library offers students, scholars, and the general public opportunities to engage with rare books, special collections, and archives.

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Exhibit

Gallery 203

Gallery 203, located in Carney Hall, aims to promote student expression and exposure of the visual arts across campus. The Gallery builds off of the Jesuit value of exploring one’s feelings, desires, fears, and responses to the everyday world around us. All BC students, clubs, faculty, and staff are welcome to share their artistic work with the community.

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University Libraries

Exhibits in the BC Libraries advance discovery of library resources by highlighting connections between collections, academic, and community life at Boston College. The Libraries feature ten exhibit spaces and rotate exhibitions on a regular basis. The Libraries welcome partnership with the community and other institutions, groups, or individuals to create thoughtful exhibits.

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Art Club

Art Club strives to function as a creative outlet for all BC students. Whether it be displaying student work or organizing creative events, ArtClub's primary focus is to both maintain and grow BC's art community.

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