In collaboration with other departments and organizations, the CFA hosts nearly 300 events a year, including performances and exhibitions in art, dance, music, and theater. Increasingly, many events embrace more than one discipline or genre. The CFA presents student and faculty work as well as the work of visiting artists in our various series offerings. With this in mind, events can be viewed in the following different ways:

Events by Series

Performing Arts Series
Navaratri Festival
In the Galleries
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson
Re-Evaluating the Ground on Which We(s) Stand(s)
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Virtual Mini-Concerts and Demonstrations
Race / Art History
Flames of My Homeland: The Cultural Revolution and Modern Tibet
Into the Deluge
Miranda Haymon Residency
Graduate Music Series

Events by Genre

Art Talks
Dance Events
Music Events
Theater Events

Events by Department

Art & Art History Department
Dance Department
Music Department
Theater Department

Events by Season

Spring 2021

Upcoming Events

Jay Hoggard Quartet
Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:00pm
Livestream on Hartford Jazz Society Facebook


The Hartford Jazz Society, Middletown Commission on the Arts, and The Library Studio present vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, Professor of Music and African American Studies and Chair of the Music Department, in a free livestreamed concert with his quartet featuring James Weidman on piano, Yoron Israel on drums, and Belden Bullock on bass.
Black Middletown Lives: The History and Legacies of Middletown’s Beman Triangle
Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:00pm


Explore the history and legacies of Middletown’s Beman Triangle through Wesleyan student research from AFAM307: "Black Middletown Lives" with their instructor Jesse Nasta, Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies,  in collaboration and with performances by Assistant Professor of Theater Maria-Christina Oliveras and actor and cellist David Blasher.
Wesleyan Collegium Musicum—From Cantigas to the Cries of London: Generations of Song
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 1:00pm


The Wesleyan Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden, presents a concert of vocal music ranging from Hildegard of Bingen through troubadour repertoires, chansons, and Renaissance street cries. Featuring a premiere of a new piece by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Alvin Lucier, who celebrates his 90th birthday on Friday May 14.
Dance as Activism: Virtual Artivist Sharings
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 5:00pm


How does art effect change? In what ways does dance instigate action as a means of resistance? These are essential questions posed in the course DANC 379: "Dance as Activism." Experience new artivist sharings created by Wesleyan students facilitated by Visiting Assistant Professor Joya Powell and assisted by Annie Kidwell ’22.
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