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

Chinese Music Ensemble Spring Concert
Monday, July 26, 2021 at 12:00pm


Wesleyan’s Chinese Music Ensemble, under the direction of Joy Lu, presents a virtual concert, featuring a variety of Chinese music derived from traditional and contemporary works.
Opening Reception: The Language in Common
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery


The group exhibition The Language in Common presents artistic practices that site language in the space between poetry, visual art, and their performance. The opening reception will feature a curator talk by Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee at 5pm.
The Era Footwork Crew: In the Wurkz
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater


Following a series of virtual engagements at Wesleyan during the 2020–2021 season, The Era Footwork Crew, who have pioneered the battle dance known as Chicago footwork since 2014, will be joined on campus by DJs from the electronic collective Teklife for the opening performance of their first national tour of In the Wurkz (2019).
Opening Reception: 25th Anniversary of the College of East Asian Studies Japanese Garden (Shôyôan Teien)
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center


The College of East Asian Studies celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Japanese Garden (Shôyôan Teien) with an exhibition in their gallery at the Mansfield Freeman Center. The curated show will feature archival photographs, poetry, video, and an installation demonstrating the breadth of the garden’s cultural connections over the last two and a half decades.
Ticket sales and reservations for free fall events will be available online starting Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 11am. The general public will be welcomed back to the Wesleyan campus this fall. Unvaccinated patrons must adhere to and follow the University's COVID-19 safety guidelines of wearing a mask and 6' social distancing, whether they are outdoors or indoors; indoor events may require additional safety measures. Please check this page closer to the event date for updated information.
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