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  • The Holiday Gala has quickly become one of our signature events welcoming the holiday season with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

  • Tara Villa Keith conducting an orchestra

    During the year, enjoy the light and comedic music of Rossini's Overture to La Gazza Ladra to the finger-picking guitar playing of Wayne Henderson.

  • "If anybody even reads what I'm doing, that's a great day," Ta-Nehisi Coates, on winning a 2015 MacArthur grant, presented this year's Reynolds Lecture.

  • Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, creating a beautiful fable of love, loss, memory and mischief.

  • Koresh Dance Company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country.

Friends of the Arts

The arts play a vital role in fostering creativity, collaboration and learning at Davidson. Members of Friends of the Arts support the visual, performing and literary arts at Davidson College. Because of the generosity of our members, the college offers dynamic programs that enhance the academic curriculum at the college and expand audiences' awareness of and accessibility to the arts in our community. Specifically, faculty and student projects in the music, theatre, visual and literary arts are supported by Friends of the Arts.

The artist-in-residence program is also supported by Friends of the Arts and it remains essential to the creative life of the college. The college is proud to host renowned guest vocalists, musicians, dance troupes and theatre companies from around the world as part of the Smith Artist Series and Concert Series. 

Davidson hosts traveling gallery exhibits, student and faculty works, and our own extensive permanent collection of visual art at the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center. And throughout the academic year, our exceptional Davidson students share the stages, contribute to the galleries and reach into the community as part of the many performances, exhibitions, demonstrations and lectures.

Become a Member

Friends of the Arts members make these connections possible. Membership benefits are available at various giving levels, including special events for donors, priority ticketing and seating, advanced notification of performances, exhibits and lectures by email and wonderful volunteer opportunities.

We invite you to learn more about the arts at Davidson College and hope you will join our efforts by making a tax-deductible gift today. For more information, please email the Director of Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement, Sherry Nelson, at or call 704-894-2101.