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Creativity and innovation have long been hallmarks of Babson College’s focus on entrepreneurship, and the arts provide a space to explore the intersection of creative vision and entrepreneurial thought

Here at BabsonARTS, we always have a full slate of engaging performances, exhibitions, films, and conversations. We also value the health and safety of our community so please review our COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies.

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BabsonARTS Spring 2023 Brochure

BabsonARTS Spring 2023 Brochure

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Bringing to life both the ​classics and edgy new productions, theater through BabsonARTS is consistently relevant and thought-provoking. With performances from faculty- and student-led organizations, as well as renowned directors and actors, there’s always a new reason to visit the stage.

Forgotten Kingdom
Guy Mendilow Ensemble
The Forgotten Kingdom (Babson Preview)
Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
Show Description below under World Premiere listing.
This is an preview performance exclusively for the Babson community.
(Public performance below)
FREE for Babson Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni.
Reservations Required HERE.

This exclusive performance is open only to Babson students, staff, and faculty; many of whom began engaging with the production in the fall through class projects and course connections. If space allows, seats may become available for students, staff, faculty, and alumni. A waitlist will be available for students, staff, and faculty from Olin College of Engineering and Wellesley College.  Please email babsonarts@babson.edu for more information.

Guy Mendilow Ensemble
The Forgotten Kingdom (World Premiere)
Thursday, March 23, 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
Tickets $35, Seniors $30, Babson Faculty/Staff and Non-Babson students/children $10, Babson, Olin, and Wellesley Students FREE (1 Ticket Limit)
Purchase Tickets HERE

The Forgotten Kingdom immerses audiences in a family's memories of an unraveling, multiethnic Mediterranean world, brought to life through theatrically projected sand animation, narration blending memoir and poetry, and a riveting musical score. Breathtaking sand images are created, morphed, and obliterated to form dreamlike, intensely emotional chronicles. The cinematographic score reframes Ottoman Jewish women's song, drawing on the bittersweet rawness of Tango, the rhythmic fire of classical Arabic percussion, and gorgeous vocal harmonies with Western classical music's harmonic roots. Sand and music intertwine with a "masterfully narrated" (Welland Port Coburn Concert Association) tale and an evocative scenic and lighting design. In a multimedia adventure that "explodes with artistry, refinement, and excitement," (Hebrew Union College, OH), The Forgotten Kingdom moves audiences with questions about struggles we still face today.

Get immersed in the visual arts and design made available through BabsonARTS. Engage with both the artists and the art on display with exhibits showcased throughout the year. Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take advantage of regularly offered workshops in ceramics, painting, and drawing and members of the Babson community are able to enjoy free or discounted access to exhibits and museums in the Greater Boston area.​​​​​

Fleeting Moments
Fleeting Moments
Exhibit on View: Now-March 3
M-F, 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. 
Hollister Gallery
FREE
Open to the public. 

Carly Helen is a Massachusetts-based artist whose work centers on portraiture and the human figure using various painting and drawing mediums. Her newest pieces explore themes of memory, nostalgia, and childhood using mixed media. Experimenting with the manipulation of texture and color, her layered drawings capture fleeting moments and evoke the feeling of experiencing the natural world through the eyes of a child. Artist info available at www.instagram.com/carlyhelenart

 Coastal Studies

Coastal Studies: Ceramics by Chloe Rourke-Nicholas '23
Artist Talk and Reception: Thursday, March 9, 5:00 P.M.
Exhibit on View: March 9-May 19
M-F, 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. 
Hollister Gallery
FREE
This event is open to the public. Registration is encouraged HERE
Walk-ins are welcome

Coastal Studies is a collection of ceramic work by Babson senior Chloe Rourke-Nicholas. Inspired by the coastal landscape of the North Shore of Massachusetts, where Chloe grew up, the collection includes pieces of porcelain and stoneware work. The materials, scale, and method of the pieces play on the inherent contrasts of the coast. Light also serves as an inspiration, both functionally, through the creation of practical lighting fixtures, and aesthetically, through the power it has to transform a coastline. Chloe began practicing ceramics in high school at Kimball Union Academy and has continued her practice independently at Babson's Ceramics Studio, where she is the Studio Manager. Funded by the BabsonARTS Student Arts Grant, Chloe was able to explore new methods and materials, including slip casting and porcelain through this project.

 

There are many dynamic artists in the world of film and television, and BabsonARTS strives to showcase a representative array of fresh creative voices. Award-winning documentaries, classics from the silver screen, and the works of daring international filmmakers are all screened and discussed.

The Screening Room series strives to bring interesting and fun movies to enjoy on the big screen in a theatre. Come enjoy free snacks and great movies in the Carling-Sorenson Theatre, conveniently located in the heart of campus.

 

Minions

Minions: The Rise of Gru
Directed by Kyle Balda
Sunday, February 26, 1:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
Registration is encouraged HERE.
Walk-ins are welcome.
This event is opened to the public In the 1970's, 12 year old Gru schemes and plots with the help of the Minions to become a member of Vicious 6, an infamous group of super villians. Chaos, adventure, and hilarity ensue when the interview turns disastrous.

Made possible by the Stearns Memorial Film Society Fund.



A Hero

A Hero
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
FRE Registration is encouraged HERE.
Walk-ins are welcome.
This event is opened to the public. In contemporary Iran, Rahim in on a two-day leave from prison during which he tries to rectify his situation. His seemingly good intentions become ever more complicated by the situation his actions create. At turns funny, poignant, and suspenseful, A Hero asks the pointed questions about individual morality and social values. What is honor? Who is a hero and who is a villain? How can we distinguish between generosity and self-interest? This insightful story is both a riveting thriller and an intricately layered drama that cuts to the heart of human complexity. Run time: 127 minutes. Post-film discussion will be held immediately following the screening.

Co-presented by the Global Film Series and the Arts and Humanities Division.

In the Heights

In the Heights
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Sunday, March 26, 1:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
FRE Registration is encouraged HERE.
Walk-ins are welcome.
This event is opened to the public. In Washington Heights, NY, the scent of warm coffee hangs in the air outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection it it all is a likeable and magnetic bodega owner who hopes, imagines, and sings about a better life. 

Made possible by the Stearns Memorial Film Society Fund. 

Whether modern, ethnic, classical, or a fusion of all three, music at Babson takes a variety of forms, all of which can serve as powerful conduits for entrepreneurial thinking. Regardless of the setting, music performances through BabsonARTS are engaging and innovative displays of talent and creative vision. Learn more about Performance Venues and Practice Rooms.

Get Involved with Babson Music Collective!

Using improvisation, creation, and collaboration, Babson Music Collective blends and performs modern pop & classic jazz music. Open to Babson student musicians of all abilities.

Directed by Clayton DeWalt, the Babson Music Collective is dedicated to the rigorous investigation, practice and performance of creative, improvised music. While jazz is our primary focus, we do not exclude any style of music, and are open to musicians of all levels and backgrounds. We play at a number of campus events, from pub shows to student events, with one final concert per semester.

Rehearsal from 7–9 p.m., Monday nights in the band room in the basement of Park Manor Central. Each semester the band plays several small gigs for on-campus organizations and one semester-end full concert.

For more information, email Clayton DeWalt or call 781-239-5622.

BMC
Babson Music Collective 
Monday, April 24, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
FREE. Registration is encouraged HERE
Walk-ins welcome.
This event is open to the public.

The Babson Music Collective is rooted in the jazz traditions of improvisation and creative expression. the group finds inspiration in a range of musical styles, from pop and afro-beat to classic jazz standards. Drawing on each member's personal playing style and experiences, the Collective creates unique arrangements for all the music it plays. The Babson Music Collective strives to foster a community of Babson's many student musicians and listeners.

 

With multiple rehearsal spaces and the Babson Dance Ensemble—the largest student-run organization on campus—there’s never a shortage of performances through Bab​sonARTS. With shows featuring everything from hip hop to tap, dance is an energizing way to experience innovative thought in action.

BabsonARTS Dance Ensemble

Celebrating the vast and eclectic stories to be told, Literary Arts at BabsonARTS showcase the works of renowned writers, poets, and literary experts reaching new and captive audiences at Babson with their words and stories.

Waterline
Waterline Reading Series Showcase
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.
FREE. Registration encouraged HERE
Walk-ins welcome. This event is open to the public.

Waterline features a fast-paced hour of literary works from Babson College faculty and staff fiction writes, poets, and essayists. The selection is always intriguing and often includes works in progress not yet in publication. Recently featured authors: Ellen Argyros, Steve Bauer, Mary O'Donoghue, Jordan Escobar, Melissa Leonard, Wes Miller, and Mary Pinard.
Co-presented with the Arts and Humanities Division. 

 

Thompson Poet

Thompson Poet Reading Series: Jen Bervin
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
FREE. Registration encouraged HERE.
Walk-ins welcome. This event is open to the public.

Jen Bervin is a poet and interdisciplinary artist whose practice involves archival research, artist books, poetry, and large-scale works. She is the co-editor of "The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems" (2012) and a finalist for the Poetry Foundation's 2014 Pegasus Award for Criticism. Her other books include "Draft Notation"(2014), "The Dickinson Composites"(2010), "The Silver Book"(2010), "The Desert"(2014), "A Non-Breaking Space"(2005), and "Nets"(2004). In keeping with her interest in the relationship between text and textile, her more recent book is "the Silk Poems", an experimental book nano-imprinted on silk film. "Her work - all of it - engages the eye, the hand, the ear, and the mind. Her artistry is vast and inclusive, by finesse and intelligence, by curiosity, forbearance, and vision."-Mary Ruefle.
Artist Website: www.jenbervin.com
Series made possible in part by the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poets Fund

 

 

 

 

BabsonARTS conversations showcase dynamic speakers ranging from prominent arts leaders to literary luminaries. They discuss their work and share their insights, engaging with the audience in an intimate setting.

MLK 23

MLK Legacy Day with Keynote Speaker LaTosha Brown
Wednesday, February 1 at 5:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
Registration required HERE

The Babson community remembers, reflects upon, and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. This annual event, now in its 19th year, initiates and continues conversations about the realization of King’s vision of justice, equality, and peace in our own community and in the world at large. The program includes a ceremony recognizing students, alumni and faculty through leadership and creativity awards. LaTosha Brown, is an award-winning visionary thought leader, institution builder, cultural activist, artist, and connector. Ms. Brown is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute. She was the 2020 Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, a 2020-2021 American Democracy Fellow at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard and is the newly appointed 2022 Senior Practice Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She has worked in 23 different countries, received numerous awards and accolades for her work, featured on ABC, CBS, CNN, and her work showcased in The New York Times, Politico, and Essence.

 

Guy Mendilow
Arts & Business Conversation: Guy Mendilow Ensemble
Friday, March 24, 2023 at 11:00 A.M.
Sorenson Upper Lobby
FREE. Registration is encouraged HERE
Lunch will be provided.

Join members of the artistic and design team behind "The Forgotten Kingdom" in a lively participatory conversation exploring the complexities of creating this new production, how they utilized the pandemic's forced pause to their touring as an opportunity to dive deeper into the piece's development, and the intricacies of mounting such a multimedia touring production from a business and artistic lens.

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Sorenson Arts Scholars Spotlight 
Friday, March 31, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
FREE. Registration encouraged HERE
Walk-ins welcome. This event is open to the public. 

The Sorenson Arts Scholarship supports student artists while pursuing their Babson College education. Each scholar focuses on an annual project, starting with their primary medium, to explore their artistic identity and to feed their creative development. The Spotlight features our cohort of eight scholars presenting this year's projects, followed by a reception to meet these talented individuals. Join this celebration of their ongoing journey.

 

 

BabsonARTS workshops provide opportunities to explore creativity and are open to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students, faculty, and staff only. Space may be limited and walk-ins will be dependent on available space and materials.

Yarn Baskets
Yarn Coil Baskets Workshop 
Led by Tamblyn Griffiths
Monday, January 30, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.
The Collaborative Workroom on the campus of Babson College in the Weissman Foundry
FREE. Reservations required HERE
Workshop is open ONLY to Babson, Olin, Wellesley students, faculty, and staff.

Wrap yarn around a rope core to create a bowl or basket. Depending on the colors and patter used, you can create an intricate design or keep it simple. No experience required. Materials and instruction will be provided, but participants may bring their own yarn if there is a particular color or material preferred.
Workshops are in-person and open only to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students, faculty and staff.  Reservations are required. All materials will be provided unless otherwise noted. 

 

Zentangles

Zentangles Workshop 
Led by Tamblyn Griffiths
Monday, February 13, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.
The Collaborative Workroom on the campus of Babson College in the Weissman Foundry
FREE. Reservations required HERE.
Workshop is open ONLY to Babson, Olin, Wellesley students, faculty, and staff.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing a collection of structured patterns. These patterns, called tangles, are created with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, and orbs. Often done as miniature drawings, the small size allows for a work of art that can be completed in a relatively short period of time. No experience necessary. Come discover your artistic side!
Workshops are in-person and open only to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students, faculty, and staff. Reservations are required. All materials will be provided unless otherwise noted. 

 

Alcohol Painting

Alcohol Ink Painting Workshop 
Led by Tamblyn Griffiths
Monday, February 27, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.
2D/3D Studio (Trim Hall 215)
FREE. Registration required HERE.
Workshop is open ONLY to Babson, Olin, Wellesley students, faculty, and staff.

Create fluid abstract paintings by dripping, blowing, tilting and otherwise manipulating ink and isopropyl alcohol on a non-absorbent surface. This technique results in luminous, ethereal paintings that can be framed and displayed, or sealed and used for anything, including cards. No experience necessary. Materials and instruction will be provided.
Workshops are in-person and open only to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students, faculty, and staff. Reservations are required. All materials will be provided unless otherwise noted. 

 

Bookmaking

Bookmaking Basics Workshop 
Led by Tamblyn Griffiths
Monday, April 3, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.
The Collaborative Workroom on the campus of Babson College in the Weissman Foundry
FREE. Registration Required HERE. 
Workshop is open ONLY to Babson, Olin, Wellesley students, faculty, and staff.

Create a sketchbook, notebook, display book, or keepsake. No experience required. Instruction will include an introduction to basic bookmaking techniques of folding, stitching, and binding. Materials will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own paper for the pages and/or cover. Pages can be blank (including homemade paper) or have drawings, writing, or photos on them. Please be aware that most book making techniques require folding the pages so consider this when choosing your materials.
Workshops are in-person and open only to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students, faculty, and staff. Reservations are required. All materials provided unless otherwise noted. 

 

Sorenson Arts Scholars Spotlight 2022

Sorenson Arts Scholars Spotlight 2022

The Sorenson Arts Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students with demonstrated talent who are interested in maintaining their artistic pursuits while at Babson.