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Creativity and the Arts Overview

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Creativity and the Arts at Stanford

Stanford Arts

Creativity and the arts are part of the core Stanford undergraduate experience. Whether you’re involved in the arts community or want to attend and appreciate arts events on campus, Student Arts at Stanford website is your homepage for arts information. On the site, you’ll find the following:

  • A comprehensive arts calendar
  • A student arts spotlight
  • Arts leadership and job opportunities
  • Arts grant information
  • Links to group websites
  • Articles, reviews and blogs about the arts at Stanford

Arts Majors, Minors, Honors, Coterm and Classes

Stanford offers many opportunities for arts studies through a number of departments and programs.

Arts Intensive

The Arts Intensive (AI) Program offers students the opportunity to study intensively with Stanford arts faculty and small groups of other Stanford students passionate about art. The AI program takes place over three weeks in September before the start of Fall Quarter, one of three programs within September Studies at Stanford.

Arts Funding, Internships and Jobs

Arts grants, internships, fellowships and work-study positions are available in the arts.

Arts Organizations

Roughly one in four undergraduate students is involved in an arts group at Stanford. Almost everyone goes to see their friends perform at various events and venues during the academic year.

The more than 90 arts-related student organizations on campus create a dynamic and exciting environment in which to participate and appreciate the arts. Visit the Office of Student Engagement or the Stanford Arts Student group listing for additional student group information.

Arts Programming and Events

Stanford Live

Stanford Live is a performing arts series that brings an incredible lineup of world-famous artists to campus throughout the year. A generous student discount is applied to ticket prices, and there are a wide variety of special offers to students.

The Cantor Arts Center

Stanford boasts its own art museum on campus. The Cantor Arts Center has diverse collections that span continents, cultures and 4,000 years of art history. It includes the largest gathering of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. See a wide range of permanent and changing exhibitions and take advantage of docent tours, lectures, gallery talks, symposia, classes and special events — all for free. The Center also hosts regular student parties, known as First Thursdays. The First Thursday kickoff event, Party on the Edge, occurs the first Thursday of Fall quarter and is not to be missed.

Stanford Arts Institute

The Stanford Arts Institute offers interdisciplinary arts curricula and research programs, drawing on the wide-ranging intellectual resources of Stanford University. 

Anderson Collection

Stanford University is the home to the core of the Anderson Collection, one of the world's most outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary American art. The collection is a gift from Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patrica Anderson Pence, the Bay Area family who built the collection over the last 50 years. The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is adjacent to Cantor Arts Center and the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History, and across Palm Drive from Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater. The addition of this remarkable art collection strengthens Stanford's growing commitment to the arts and the connection between the study, creation and experience of art. 

Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA)

The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) + Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA) is a program in the arts that involves students and communities in the study of culture, identity, and diversity in and through artistic expression. Our mission is to create, support, and advance powerful, collaborative, and transformative arts practice and arts leadership in service of equity and justice.