Arts and Culture

Did you know there are hundreds of arts and cultural events on and off campus? Many are free and if not free, are often less than the price of a movie. We offer a wide range of activities and programs for both the campus and the community. We hope these resources will assist you in exploring the diversity of arts and culture at Miami.

The arts at Miami University didn’t evolve on a whim—they were challenged, inspired, modernized, and made more relevant by each new generation of artists. Learn more about the College of Creative Arts, with degree programs that range from the classical to the contemporary.

Upcoming Arts Events

Visual Arts

The Miami University Art Museum houses five galleries of changing exhibitions and a growing permanent collection of over 17,000 artworks. In addition to its historic and contemporary exhibitions, the Museum features three acres of scenic sculpture park grounds. 

The Hiestand Galleries in Hiestand Hall function as visual laboratories that extend the classroom by providing exhibition opportunities for projects and studio work as well as professional guest artists.

Located in Phillips Hall, Miami University's Art Center offers students, faculty, staff and community members a variety of opportunities to engage in creative activities. Facilities include a ceramics/pottery studio, digital photo lab, wood shop, and metals/jewelry/glass studio.

The Alumni Hall Cage Gallery showcases student and faculty work, highlights on- and off-campus educational experiences, and exhibits the work of prominent architects, designers, and scholars—often in conjunction with the departmental lecture series.

Performing Arts

From September through April each year, our popular Performing Arts Series presents an eclectic selection of dance, theatre, and musical performances by companies and artists from all over the world.

Enjoy a breathtaking musical or theatrical performance—or schedule an audition! Non-majors are welcome in 50+ arts-related organizations. At Miami, the Arts are for Everyone


Learn more about the CAWC Students dance during a performance at the UniDiversity festival

Center for American and World Cultures

The Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) enhances knowledge of non-dominant cultures through workshops, retreats, and seminars as well as sponsorship of distinguished lecturers and numerous cultural events.

Learn more about Community Engagement and Service Miamians hand out resources and treats to students living off campus at the beginning of the school year

Community Engagement and Service

The Office of Community Engagement and Service (OCES) is your Miami resource for everything from volunteerism to deep social change and advocacy work.

Learn more about the myaamia tribe Miamians hand out resources and treats to students living off campus at the beginning of the school year

Miami Tribe Relations

Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma enjoy a trusted and respectful relationship that has developed over almost 40 years, and exists on many levels, institutional and official, academic, and interpersonal.

The Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA) provides enriching and engaging programs, events and activities that value the diversity of culture, social background, belief systems, ideas, and thought.

The Women*s Center offers activities that support and advocate for women, engaging the campus community with women’s and gender issues while fostering women’s personal and professional development and empowerment.

Global Initiatives supports the Miami University commitment to dynamic and comprehensive internationalization, resulting in a diverse cultural and global learning experience for students.

The Humanities Center is a hub for research, public engagement, and collaborative study in the fields of history, philosophy, literature, language, and culture. Events sponsored by the Humanities Center are free and open to the public.

Museums and Collections

Learn more about the Hefner Museum An exhibit of many types of animals in the museum, in the center of the exhibit, a roaring bear.

Museum of Natural History

The Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History seeks to increase visitors' knowledge of animal natural history and the importance of animal biodiversity, conservation and ecology.

The Karl E. Limper Geology Museum, located in Shideler Hall, houses numerous displays of quality geological specimens, including hundreds of the world-famous fossils of Southwestern Ohio as well as minerals, rocks, fossils, and meteorites from all over the world.

Learn more about the McGuffey Museum The exterior of the museum, a rustic red brick house with white trim, on a sunny day.

McGuffey House and Museum

The William Holmes McGuffey House and Museum is the second oldest building on the campus of Miami University. Dedicated to the education of students in the greater community, the Museum presents an accurate historical representation of several periods of history ranging from the 1830s to the 1880s.

Learn more about Special Collections and Archives The women of the Western College Class of 1877 sit together on the steps of Peabody Hall

Special Collections / Archives

King Library houses The Walter Havighurst Special Collections, containing over 82,000 volumes of historical and literary interest. In addition, the Library hosts three archives: the Miami University Archives; the Western College Memorial Archives; and the Oxford College Archives.