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Northeastern’s Center for the Arts, based in the College of Arts, Media and Design, makes creative expression an integral part of the Northeastern experience. The programming of the Center for the Arts provides opportunities for students to express themselves, be inspired by creative thinking, build self-confidence and expand their cultural awareness.

Public art on campus is inspirational, bringing vitality and energy to our urban campus. By working with commissioned artists in public space, the entire Northeastern community has the opportunity to experience and participate in the artistic process.

Performance is often a way that cultures express themselves. On a diverse campus, like Northeastern’s, the arts can help us learn from and better understand each other. Each year the Center presents free music, dance and theatre performances.


  • Neighborhood Matters is a lunchtime series that celebrates the ways in which community groups have shaped the neighborhoods surrounding the Northeastern campus.
  • Artist Residency program invites internationally acclaimed artists, designers, and scholars to engage with the College of Arts, Media and Design. Through the residency program and community-based collaborations, the Center has also become a model for supporting creative practice that emphasizes citizenship, positive impact, civic engagement, and social justice.