Arts and Culture

Did you know there are hundreds of arts and cultural events on and off campus? Many are free and if not free, are often less than the price of a movie. We offer a wide range of activities and programs for both the campus and the community. We hope these resources will assist you in exploring the diversity of arts and culture at Miami.

The arts at Miami University didn’t evolve on a whim—they were challenged, inspired, modernized, and made more relevant by each new generation of artists. Learn more about the College of Creative Arts, with degree programs that range from the classical to the contemporary.

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Visual Arts

The Miami University Art Museum houses five galleries of changing exhibitions and a growing permanent collection of over 17,000 artworks. In addition to its historic and contemporary exhibitions, the Museum features three acres of scenic sculpture park grounds. 

The Hiestand Galleries in Hiestand Hall function as visual laboratories that extend the classroom by providing exhibition opportunities for projects and studio work as well as professional guest artists.

Located in Phillips Hall, Miami University's Art Center offers students, faculty, staff and community members a variety of opportunities to engage in creative activities. Facilities include a ceramics/pottery studio, digital photo lab, wood shop, and metals/jewelry/glass studio.

The Alumni Hall Cage Gallery showcases student and faculty work, highlights on- and off-campus educational experiences, and exhibits the work of prominent architects, designers, and scholars—often in conjunction with the departmental lecture series.

Performing Arts

From September through April each year, our popular Performing Arts Series presents an eclectic selection of dance, theatre, and musical performances by companies and artists from all over the world.

Enjoy a breathtaking musical or theatrical performance—or schedule an audition! Non-majors are welcome in 50+ arts-related organizations. At Miami, the Arts are for Everyone


The Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) enhances knowledge of non-dominant cultures through workshops, retreats, and seminars as well as sponsorship of distinguished lecturers and numerous cultural events.

The Office of Community Engagement and Service (OCES) is your Miami resource for everything from volunteerism to deep social change and advocacy work.

Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma enjoy a trusted and respectful relationship that has developed over almost 40 years, and exists on many levels, institutional and official, academic, and interpersonal.

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion provides enriching and engaging programs, events, and activities that value the diversity of culture, social background, belief systems, ideas, and thought.

Global Initiatives supports the Miami University commitment to dynamic and comprehensive internationalization, resulting in a diverse cultural and global learning experience for students.

The Humanities Center is a hub for research, public engagement, and collaborative study in the fields of history, philosophy, literature, language, and culture. Events sponsored by the Humanities Center are free and open to the public.