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Art + Technology + Social Justice

The Arts for All initiative partners the arts with the sciences, technology and other disciplines to develop new and reimagined curricular and experiential offerings that nurture different ways of thinking to spark dialogue, understanding, problem solving and action. It bolsters a campus-wide culture of creativity and innovation, making Maryland a national leader in leveraging the combined power of the arts, technology and social justice to collaboratively address grand challenges.


Community members sing together in The Clarice's grand Pavilion.The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
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The University of Maryland Summer Chorus is a campus and community chorus available to anyone who wishes to sing. This year, UMD Summer Chorus will tackle Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, a choral masterwork that has provided comfort and solace to many since its creation. The program will also feature Fanny Hensel’s contrasting cantatas: Hiob explores human suffering as a test of faith and Lobgesang is a joyful celebration of birth.


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Students at an outdoor concert.University of Maryland, various locations

The Clarice’s annual NextNOW Fest is an inspiring arts experience that celebrates imagination, creativity and community. By amplifying the voices of intriguing, inventive artists from around campus and our community, NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art transforms our future and connects us all. NextNOW Fest is where creativity and community converge.


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24-25 Season at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

The 2024–25 Season at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is Now on Sale!

June 26, 2024

The more than 50 shows spanning music, theater, dance, comedy and more include both groundbreaking new works and reimagined classics.

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Inaugural Arts for All Fellows To Work Across Art, Tech, Science and Social Justice

June 13, 2024

The 10 faculty and 5 students come from units across campus and will work on projects that engage the public.

Read about the 2024–25 Arts for All Fellows
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Five Must-Read Summer Book Picks by Asian and Asian American Authors

May 30, 2024

AAPI Literature and Media Club Founder and President Julie Cha ’25 recommends top reads.

Read about these summer book recommendations
Maggie Letvin.

Using Art to Transform ‘Something So Ugly’ into ‘Something So Beautiful’

May 21, 2024

Maggie Letvin ’24, an ARHU triple major, said UMD showed them they can’t live life without making art.

Read about Letvin's journey at UMD
Two students play bass in a music classroom.

Low-Cost Lessons Raise Musical Bar for Local Teens

April 15, 2024

Terrapin Community Music School matches grad students with youths to expand access.

Read about the Terrapin Community Music School
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With Terps’ Captioning System, a Silent Revolution Could Take Center Stage

April 18, 2024

Theatre designers seek to improve deaf community’s access to live performances.

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The Arts for All initiative seeks to ensure that the arts are woven into the very fabric of life at the University of the Terrapin identity is writ large and forged strong.

Portrait of President Darryll J. Pines
Darryll J. Pines President, University of Maryland
UMD School of Music student viewing a virtual reality opera thru VR goggles

Arts Improve the Student Experience

We are prepared to address the growing student and industry demand to integrate the arts into student life, both within and beyond the curriculum, helping students access and amplify their creative talents and fostering collaborative and innovative thinking to solve problems.

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Arts Create an Inclusive Environment

We are harnessing the power of the arts to spark civic dialogue, increase community engagement and activate social change.

Immersive Media Design classroom

Arts Advance the University

We are accelerating innovation, discovery and insights through collaborations among the arts, the humanities and the sciences through research, creative activity and technological innovation.

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