Arts Alive 2021 

Ball State University’s College of Fine Arts is expanding the offerings in this year’s Arts Alive, the college’s annual event series aimed at making arts and entertainment more accessible to community members and students. Previously focusing mainly on the School of Music, Arts Alive 2021 will also include events from David Owsley Museum of Art, the School of Art, and the Department of Theatre and Dance

The State of Art in the Region

At Ball State, we recognize the importance of experiencing the arts. And we want the community to have access to that experience. Arts Alive is an opportunity for Ball State students, faculty, staff and the greater Muncie community to experience world-class arts and artists at a fraction of the cost to see the same artists in major cities. Arts Alive is about exposing central Indiana to great art through classes, lectures, performances, and exhibits. Our performing arts facilities are beautiful and state of the art. 

Arts Alive Schedule 

  • September 23 – December 22, 2021: David Owsley Museum of Art will exhibit Memories and Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art.
  • October 30, 2021: The School of Music will host the Wycliffe Gordon quintet at Sursa Hall. 
  • January 28, 2022: The Department of Theatre and Dance will host tap dancer Ayodele Casel at Sursa Hall. 
  • April 9, 2022: Applied Mechanics is a Philadelphia-based immersive theatre company that makes stories to expand the possibility of liberation for all beings. The theatre company will present "The Colonialists" at the David Owsley Museum of Art, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the College of Fine Arts Box Office in Sursa Hall, noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by calling 765-285-8749.
  • April 14, 2022: Nick Cave is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. His virtual conversation with professional and personal partner Bob Faust—principal and creative director for Faust, a Chicago-based design studio with a focus on cultural branding—will be shown in the Fine Arts Building Frank C. and Elizabeth B. Ball Recital Hall at 6 p.m. Tickets are not required.

Tickets to all Arts Alive events are free for Ball State students. by calling or visiting the College of Fine Arts Box Office located at Sursa Hall. 

Patrons who purchase tickets to all three paid Arts Alive performances can use code ArtsAlive2122 to receive the series discount. When purchased together, the series cost is $80, a savings of nearly 25%.

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Your Involvement in Supporting the Arts

  • Because of our efforts, we are able resume our campus-wide vibrancy, especially with regard to the arts. 
  • We encourage you to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as one way to protect yourself and support the arts.