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Welcome to Visual and Performing Arts at Clark

Students studying in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts develop skills as imaginative practitioners, understand art as a meaningful human endeavor, and explore creative works in dialogue with the past and our current moment.

We believe the pursuit of creativity is a human right.

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The Visual and Performing Arts Department comprises six separate majors. In our classes, you will learn about the history of creative practice, from the ancient Greek architects and the plays of William Shakespeare to the music of Duke Ellington, the films of Maya Deren, and the contemporary photo-collages of Mickalene Thomas.

You will cultivate the theoretical tools to analyze works of art from the past and the present, and develop your own skills as a creative practitioner in our studios — painting, costume, recording, and more.

By studying the history, theory, and practice of the arts in a liberal arts context, you will make and explore creative works while connecting the past to the present.

Venues and Resources

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Clark Arts Venues

Throughout the academic year, our on-campus arts venues host a range of shows, exhibitions, plays, and concerts.

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Arts in Worcester and Beyond

The arts in Worcester are thriving, from niche galleries to the Worcester Art Museum’s world-class collections, small concert halls to the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.

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Clark Arts Venues

Throughout the academic year, our on-campus arts venues host a range of shows, exhibitions, plays, and concerts.

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Visual and Performing Arts

Featured Stories

ArtsWorcester show features 21 Clark artists

Work of 21 Clarkies on display at Aurora Gallery

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'This is what I’m meant to do'

Hannah Brier rehearses for a boundary-pushing teaching career

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Making ArtsWorcester exhibitions pop

Students gain experience, contribute to Worcester arts scene during course

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Featured Event


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Geller Jazz Nightclub Presents Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express

Check out Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at The Grind. This touring band creates a unique and distinctive style that mixes elements of Jazz, R&B, fusion, and funk with Cuban music styles.

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Contact Information

Visual and Performing Arts

Office Location
  • Traina Center for the Arts
    92 Downing Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7113
  • 1-508-793-8844
General Inquiries
  • Traina Center for the Arts
    1-508-793-7113