Arts Alive 2023 

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 2023 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 

  • January 27th, 2023 - The Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre Company will perform their piece "Dining Alone" in Emens Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Since their discovery in 2009 by Charles Reinhart after the premiere of Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre has quickly become a beloved fixture in the contemporary arts scene in Miami. With a whirlwind success that has taken them from sold out performances at the prestigious American Dance Festival (ADF), The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County and most recently The Baryshnicov Arts Center NYC, the company is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the national dance scene.

    Known for its diverse ensemble that consists of some of Miami’s most brilliant performers and creators ranging in genres from theater, performance art, opera, drag, and contemporary ballet, RHDT has had the privilege of performing 4 ADF commissioned pieces and premiering them at the festival as well enjoying unprecedented success in Miami. Their NYC premiere of Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret was said by Kayt MacMaster of to be “so innovative, searing and disturbing…” that it warranted “repeat viewings…” and their NYC premiere of Dining Alone was hailed by Deborah Jowitt as “earthy, poetic and beyond dada imaginative.” Tickets can be purchased at the Emens Box Office or online.
  • April 4th, 2023 - Lawrence Brownlee will perform in Sursa Hall at 7:30 pm. Lawrence Brownlee is a leading figure in opera, both as a singer on the world's top stages, and as a voice for activism and diversity in the industry. Captivating audiences and critics around the globe, he has been hailed as “an international star in the bel canto operatic repertory” (The New York Times), “one of the world’s leading bel canto stars” (The Guardian), and “one of the most in-demand opera singers in the world today” (NPR). Tickets can be purchased at the College of Fine Arts Box Office or online.

Tickets to all Arts Alive events are free for Ball State students. 

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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.