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Arts & Culture

Film festivals, art galleries, museums, and cultural events can all be experienced at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, giving students endless ways to have a fun time and explore—and expand—their interests. You can revel in the creativity of others, or you can be the one who’s working on a theater production or staging an art show.

An Arts Conservatory at Rutgers: Mason Gross School of the Arts

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Through Mason Gross School of the Arts, students can pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, music, theater arts, and visual arts. Both students and faculty take part in performances, exhibits, and concerts, which are open to all. Check the calendar of events.

The Jameson Project

An enthusiastic group of students from the Mason Gross School of the Arts puts on stimulating theater productions at an intimate black box theater located on the Douglass Campus. Learn more.

Institute for Women & Art

Founded in 2006, the institute recognizes women artists and their contributions to the art community. Several feminist art exhibits and events take place each year. Learn more.

Get Involved in the Arts!

At Rutgers–New Brunswick, students can choose from scores of clubs and organizations devoted to singing, dancing, acting, and art. Learn more.


View a dinosaur trackway, Soviet art, or exotic insects. Whatever your interests, you’ll be both educated and amazed after visiting the museums at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Admire and critique art of all time periods and mediums, from ancient paintings to contemporary photography. The museum’s permanent collection comprises more than 60,000 works and features particularly rich holdings in the areas of French art of the 19th century, Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, and works on paper, including prints, rare books, and original illustrations for children’s books.

This free museum allows students and visitors to view historical exhibits and collections featuring shimmering geodes, minerals, and other exciting finds, such as an Egyptian mummy and a mastodon skeleton.

If you’re interested in researching various species of insects and bugs, schedule an appointment to view over 200,000 pinned specimens.

Ethnic/Cultural Centers

Explore new cultures or learn more about your own at Rutgers–New Brunswick’s ethnic and cultural centers—a great way to share cultural experiences and events with students, faculty, and community members. Also think about joining one of the many cultural clubs and organizations on campus.

The center provides a supporting environment for Asian-American and Asian students and is active in expanding multicultural education through events, guest speakers, and cultural programs.

Lectures, art exhibits, and cultural events are some of the many ways students, faculty, and staff can participate in Latino culture on campus.

The center hosts lectures, films, academic programs, and other events reflecting the social and educational experiences of the African-American student population.

Film festivals, exhibits, and lectures connect the center with the New Brunswick community. The Bildner Center also works closely with the Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center to educate others.


Whether you’re interested in student-created films, shopping for new plants for your garden, or taking in some live music, you’ll find a variety of festivals at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Alumni, friends, family, and visitors participate in the day’s activities, which include Ag Field Day and the New Jersey Folk Festival. In its first two years, Rutgers Day attracted over 125,000 visitors to Rutgers’ campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway.

Rutgers draws thousands of visitors to the G.H. Cook Campus each spring to take part in a day of demonstrations, activities, and lectures covering all facets of New Jersey farming and agriculture.

Rutgers students with a passion for film can take in screenings, participate in discussions, and help plan the festival.

The festival showcases films from the past and present that are rooted in Jewish culture, covering all genres including documentaries and dramas.

The oldest continuously running folk festival in New Jersey takes place each year on the New Brunswick Campus, with music, food, and crafts. The festival is managed by Rutgers undergraduates.

Readings and Lectures

Prize-winning writers, preeminent scientists, and political leaders often come to Rutgers for readings, panel discussions, and conferences. Check the calendar of events for the latest in readings and lectures.

Scholars come to Rutgers to speak on six occasions during the year to present their work and engage others on women’s involvement in today’s culture.

Leading writers from around the world read their poetry and fiction and engage in discussions with students, faculty, and community members.

The Mason Gross School of the Arts welcomes acclaimed artists from all mediums to meet with students, faculty, and the general public.

Venues and Student Groups

Looking to see a movie or a dance performance? Hoping to act in a play—or even direct one? Here’s a resource to help you find arts/performance venues and student groups at Rutgers–New Brunswick.