New Haven is nationally recognized as a center of excellence in the arts. Yale makes a significant contribution to the arts culture of New Haven through its outstanding galleries, museums, theaters, and performances.
Yale Arts Calendar
There are an abundance of performances across Yale’s campus, filled with the talent and skill of students and professionals. Visit the Yale Arts Calendar to see what’s happening each week.
Yale Museums & Galleries
Yale has some of the most admired museums and galleries for miles around, constantly filled with new and inventive exhibits.
Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
Bridging Paul Rudolph Hall and the Jeffrey Loria Center for the History of Art, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library houses the former Art & Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama library collections, as well as staff and services for the Visual Resources Collection. On-site, the library contains approximately 125,000 volumes, plus related rare and unique materials. Off-site, over 300,000 arts books and periodicals are stored in the Library Shelving Facility for delivery to any Yale Library. The Haas Library is open to the Yale community and to the public.
Yale School of Art
The School of Art offers an undergraduate major and professional instruction in four interrelated areas of study: graphic design, painting/printmaking, photography, and sculpture. In addition, the School’s courses are open to students in the Graduate School and other professional schools of the University, and School of Art students may enroll in elective courses in the Graduate School and other professional schools as well as in the College with permission.
The School of Art’s Green Gallery, located at 1156 Chapel Street, provides a year-round forum for the exhibition of work by students, faculty, and special guests in the four graduate departments of the School and the undergraduate program. The gallery is usually open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Yale School of Architecture
The Yale School of Architecture offers graduate-level professional education and advanced research opportunities in architecture and allied design fields. An undergraduate major in architecture is offered exclusively to Yale College students. In order to further the pursuit of a variety of interests within the study of architecture, the curriculum offers opportunities for study in several interrelated fields. The Architecture Gallery, which maintains an active program of exhibitions, is located on the second floor of Paul Rudolph Hall and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The School’s weekly lecture series, held throughout the year, is also open to the public and is free of charge.
Yale School of Music
In addition to providing advanced musical study, Yale School of Music presents over two hundred events on campus each year, from student recitals to internationally renowned chamber ensembles to full orchestral-choral concerts. Repertoire ranges from early music to the newest compositions. Concert listings, events, and performance opportunities for undergraduates and students in the graduate and professional schools can be found on the School of Music website.
Yale School of Drama
Yale School of Drama presents six plays in productions for which tickets are sold to the general public. Three of these are selected in consultation with the Directing department; three are new plays from the Playwriting department, produced in repertory in the spring term as part of the Carlotta Festival of New Plays. Additional productions within the School of Drama include the Shakespeare Repertory Projects, new plays from the Playwriting department, and projects selected by the chair of the Acting department.
Yale Repertory Theatre
Yale Repertory Theatre is a leading professional American theatre dedicated to the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classics that make immediate connections to contemporary audiences. Yale Rep has produced over 100 premieres, including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists. Student Tickets are available online for current Yale students only and require a valid Net ID login.
Yale Cabaret provides an extracurricular outlet for exploration of a wide range of material. With its own student artistic and management leadership, reporting to a board of directors comprising students and faculty, the Cabaret presents work that is entirely student-produced. It is the only area of production at Yale School of Drama where students regularly move out of their primary discipline of study: actors direct, managers act, and playwrights sing.
Yale Summer Cabaret
Since 1974, Yale School of Drama graduate students have been performing theatrical works as part of the Yale Summer Cabaret. Now located in downtown New Haven, the YSC has furnished an artistic home for the graduate-student artists at Yale School of Drama to imagine, innovate, create and present thrilling theatrical work to their peers, the larger community of Yale University and the city of New Haven.
Registered Undergraduate Organizations (Fine Arts)
The Yale College Dean’s Office hosts a list of registered undergraduate organizations that promote the fine arts, including drawing, filmmaking, graphic design, music, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.
Registered Undergraduate Organizations (Performance)
The Yale College Dean’s Office hosts a list of performance-based registered undergraduate organizations.
Long Wharf Theatre
An awarding-winning New Haven treasure, Long Wharf Theatre produces six annual shows per year along with workshops, special events, and children’s programming. Located by the New Haven Harbor, the theater is known for bringing international artists to the stage, and has seen thirty productions transferred to Broadway or Off-Broadway. Discounted and student rush tickets to Long Wharf shows are available to Yale students with a valid ID.
New Haven Symphony Orchestra
The NHSO brings high-quality orchestral performances to New Haven and the region.
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
The International Festival of Arts and Ideas brings global musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists, and performers to New Haven for two weeks every June.
Want to see a Broadway show but can’t get to New York City? The Shubert Theater on College Street brings professional touring theater, dance, and other diverse programming to the Elm City.
Arts Council of Greater New Haven
A regional arts-organization, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven is a local hub of arts activity, supporting and curating arts activities in New Haven and beyond.