Arts & Culture

Finding your voice can open your mind.

Sharing the joy of artistic expression brings people together, and the arts play a key role in Valpo’s close-knit community. On campus, in town, and in the nearby city of Chicago, students forge connections with each other and the wider world through the arts.

Learning With an Audience


Active academic programs in music, theatre, and art offer a busy schedule of performances and exhibitions. The Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, built in 1995, is a splendid facility with multiple performance spaces — and multiple opportunities for students to participate in artistic endeavors, both as artists and as audience. Outreach programs allow students to serve the nearby community through performance and teaching.
More about the Valpo Center for the Arts »

Hot Concerts


The Valpo calendar is chock-full of musical events, from hip-hop and indie-rock concerts organized by the undergraduate University Programming Council to jazz and classical music performed by Valpo’s talented music faculty and distinguished guests. Concerts draw crowds from around the region.

Arts From Abroad

World BanquetValpo’s innovative international programming includes events that introduce students to artistic traditions from around the world, including an international film series and an annual World Banquet co-sponsored by the Valparaiso International Student Association and the Office of International Programs.

Art of the Word

WordfestValpo’s Wordfest is an annual series of readings, lectures, and discussions by practicing writers of poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction prose. Professional writers present their own creative works and stimulate students’ writing, often meeting classes, holding workshops, and conferring with interested student writers. More about Wordfest »

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Brauer Museum of Art

The Brauer Museum is home to a nationally recognized collection of 19th, 20th, and 21st-century American art and includes works by Frederic Edwin Church, Asher B. Durand, Childe Hassam, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Ed Paschke. Read more »

D.I.Y. Arts

Valpo students often create their own opportunities, from impromptu flash mobs to perennial performance powerhouses. Student organizations focusing on arts include these campus favorites:

  • VUVox male a cappella group
  • VU Ballroom offers dance lessons and social events as well as fielding a competitive ballroom-dance team
  • VUDU comedy team
  • Art Club
  • Handbell Choir
  • The Lighter, Valpo's award-winning literary magazine

Bach Institute

Celebrating Bach

The Bach Institute at Valparaiso University was established to ensure the legacy of the music and theological perspective of Johann Sebastian Bach for future generations. Read more »