Letter from the Director

Mary Lou Aleskie, Howard L. Gilman '44 Director

Dear Hop Friends,

We have been envisioning the Hopkins Center as a place of welcome, collaboration and creative exchange. Today, we are delighted to share the news that we are partnering with the design firm Snøhetta to redesign and expand the Hop. 

When it opened nearly six decades ago, the Hop brought various art forms under one roof, creating a new model for a university arts center. Now, through our work with Snøhetta, we will build upon that inspirational origin, making the Hop a place for creation and interdisciplinary collaboration. This project will create versatile spaces within and around the Hop to gather, catalyze experimentation and meet our students' growing demand for artistic expression. 

The last year has shown us that the arts keep people connected and that longer, deeper engagement with artists are essential. During this period of societal upheaval, artists have been critical in addressing complex questions about society and equity. This project creates space for the arts to be even more impactful on our campus, in our world and in the lives of our students.

You can read more about the project today in Forbes and on the Dartmouth website. We look forward to sharing more updates on our plans and inspiring work with Snøhetta. Thank you as always for being part of this adventurous community.


Mary Lou Aleskie
Howard L. Gilman '44 Director

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