A Spring Awakening: College Announces New Public Arts Events

Photo graphic of select artists to visit Dickinson's campus in spring 2024 by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson.

Fresh lineup of residencies, performances, exhibits in store

Awaken your senses this spring with an event lineup filled with invigorating performances, exhibits, readings and residencies! This semester, you’ll find a variety of high-profile and high-impact public arts events on campus.

Three major residencies anchor the arts events this spring:

  • Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim returns to Dickinson to work with music students and to present an evening of music for violin and piano.
  • Award-winning author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby visits campus as the 2024 Stellfox Award winner and will hold a public reading and book signing on Feb. 21.
  • Rising-star composer and pianist Maria Corley will complete an extended residency at Dickinson, culminating with a guest artist recital on April 5. Students will perform Corley’s work, with input from the composer. Corley will also perform alongside baritone James Martin, assistant professor of music, on Feb. 23.

The coming-of-age rock musical Spring Awakening comes to Dickinson March 1-3. The eight-time Tony Award-winning original production debuted on Broadway in 2006 with a cast led by Jonathan Groff (“Hamilton,” “Mindhunter”), Lea Michele (“Glee”) and John Gallagher Jr. (“American Idiot,” “The Newsroom”).

Also noteworthy is a lecture by Sarah Lewis of Harvard University. Named this year’s Jane L. and Robert H. Weiner Lecturer in the Arts, Lewis will discuss her forthcoming book, Unseen Truth: How Race Changed Sight in America.

And the music department partners with Dickinson’s Title IX & Sexual Respect Office with a combined concert, lecture and demonstration by harpist Jessica Browning in April. Browning will discuss her own healing process and the ways that music facilitated her healing. She’ll also offer somatic and breath exercises for audience members to try.

Here are the spring events by category:

Creative Writing

Feb. 21: Reading, Q&A and Book Signing with Stellfox Honoree Nick Hornby

Dance & Theatre


Visual arts

Learn more about current and upcoming art exhibitions at Dickinson.

View the Calendar of Arts.


Published January 29, 2024