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Experiential Learning Through the Arts

With Dartmouth’s ongoing focus on the value of experiential learning in a liberal arts curriculum, the Hopkins Center is your go-to resource for active learning opportunities. Last season, 68 professors from 24 academic departments brought students to 51 different live performances and films through the Curricular Connections program.

Hop programming supports the following core elements of experiential learning, as defined by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL): connecting theory to practice by engaging with real-world issues and ideas; incorporating and applying diverse perspectives; building empathy and cultural intelligence; and challenging students to think critically and reflect on their learning.

If your students are required to attend a Hop event—including Visiting Artists, Dartmouth Ensembles, Theater Department productions, Films, MET Opera and National Theatre Live HD broadcasts—you are eligible for support from the DCAL/Hop Experiential Learning Fund.

How to order tickets:
Please email kate.e.adams@dartmouth.edu with the events you are interested in and the approximate number of tickets needed or complete an online application form.

Fine print:
Funding is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, where no departmental or other funds are available to cover ticket costs. Subject to availability and some restrictions, each faculty member bringing a class to a performance will receive one FREE TICKET to the show for him/herself. By participating in the Curricular Connections program, you and your students will be invited to reflect on the experience afterwards.

Additional Resources:

  • Many of the artists listed are available for workshops, discussions, meals and class visits.
  • Hop Outreach can provide supplemental materials about the artists and events, including articles, program notes, videos and more.
  • Free, public programs accompany many Hop performances. Most don’t require a reservation, but let us know if you’re bringing a group of students and we’ll be happy to make accommodations.

Email kate.e.adams@dartmouth.edu if you see a curricular connection we can pursue together. Your students will thank you for it!

Looking to connect with us more?
Join the Faculty Club, which offers the inside track to what’s going on at the Hop.
Click here for more information about the Faculty Club.