Arts Scholars

Drawing at MIT Workshop with MIT Arts Scholars at the MIT Museum. Credit: HErickson/MIT.
2024 Arts Scholars on a private guided tour at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Credit: Rayna Yun Chou.
Following a performance of A Strange Loop at the Speakeasy Stage, MIT Arts Scholars receive an exclusive post-show Q&A session with Assistant Director Jalen Bunch. Credit: Rayna Yun Chou.
Arts Scholars visit the Vessel in New York City, 2019.
Arts Scholars enjoy dinner and a discussion with MIT Visiting Artist Pedro Reyes.

Fostering an active community of MIT students with an exceptional interest in the arts.

The MIT Arts Scholars program is a group of both undergrads and graduate MIT students who possess an exceptional passion for the arts, whether they are active creators or ardent connoisseurs. This peer-driven arts collective participates in a wide array of arts experiences together, both on and off campus, that are thoughtfully curated by faculty and visiting artists from the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and generously supported by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Sign up to receive notifications of events and to track your participation and progress toward becoming an Arts Scholar. We’ll cap off the spring semester with a special event to welcome new members.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to deepen your connection with the arts at MIT.

The Arts Scholars Program is funded in part due to the generous support of the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Upcoming MIT Arts Scholars Events

Arts Scholars End of the Year Dinner


MIT Campus

Past Events

Arts Scholars x Jordan Rudess

In line with our promise to foster meaningful connections and bring you behind-the-scenes, we invite you to a special evening with CAST Visiting Artist, Jordan Rudess! Join us for an informal dinner and a live demo/jamming session, where you can connect with Jordan, CAST Residency Producer, and peers in a relaxed and conversational setting.

May 7, 2024

MIT Campus

A Strange Loop at the Speakeasy Stage

Join us for an unforgettable time immersed in the brilliance of A Strange Loop. Created by Michael R. Jackson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical is a humorous masterpiece that invites you to explore the intricacies of a young artist’s inner world as he grapples with the multifaceted dimensions of identity. This collaborative production is brought to life by the dynamic partnership of the Speakeasy Stage Company and Front Porch Arts Collective.

May 4, 2024 / 2:00pm

SpeakEasy Stage
539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

MIT Gala / Student Arts Showcase and Arts Scholars Celebration

Join us for an end of the year celebration of our community’s participation and commitment at the Showcase. A time for all current and new Arts Scholars to come together and revel in the creativity we’ve fostered.

Submit your works to the Showcase, open to all MIT students

April 28, 2024

MIT Stratton Student Center, Lobdell
84 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02130

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Hanging Nasturtiums Private Guided Tour

Discover the Gardner Museum in a whole new light as you join a private guided tour with fellow Arts Scholars. Explore the galleries beneath the blossoming hanging Nasturtiums for a beautiful seasonal experience.

April 11, 2024 / 6:00pm

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

After Dark with CAST Visiting Artist Chloe Bensahel

The After Dark Series is a highly sought after monthly party-like-experience at the MIT Museum. Each month unveils a unique theme, expertly weaving together the realms of art, science, and entertainment to create an unforgettable adult only evening. The featured artist of the March event will be CAST Visiting Artist Chloe Bensahel, whose work addresses the relationship between narrative and material, text, and textile.

March 14, 2024 / 6:00pm

MIT Museum
314 Main Street, Gambrill Center, Building E-28
Cambridge, MA 02142

Welcome Back Dinner & Drawing at MIT Workshop

Begin the new year with open arms at the first Arts Scholars workshop in 2024 at the MIT Museum, followed by a light dinner. Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, Jonathan Duval, will introduce you to the history of architectural drawing and its role at MIT. The visit will provide a unique blend of discussions, hands-on drawing experiences, and a chance to meet fellow Arts Scholars and new subscribers.

February 7, 2024 / 3:30pm

MIT Museum
314 Main Street, Gambrill Center, Building E-28
Cambridge, MA 02142