Events & Programs

More than 100,000 people attend the concerts, plays and exhibitions of the college annually.

Spring for the Arts

During the month of April, the College of the Arts presents Spring for the Arts.  The annual celebration includes rich, cultural offerings in art, music, theatre, dance and fashion. Some events are free of charge, some require an admission fee, but all are open to the public.

Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series has presented guest artists respected in the field of theatre, dance, visual arts, music and architecture. The Schroth series was established in 2002 by Cecile Draime and her late husband Max of Warren, Ohio, to honor their dear friend, Thomas Schroth (1922-1997). A noted regional architect, Schroth designed the Butler Institute of Art’s Trumbull museum in Howland, as well as numerous other award-winning projects.


The Kent/Blossom Arts Programs, organized within the College of the Arts, offer advanced summer study in art, music, and theatre. These programs complement the annual performance season of Blossom Music Center, summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra. University facilities include Porthouse Theatre and Eells Art Gallery, located on the grounds of the Blossom Music Center.

These professionally oriented programs emphasize intensive, individualized study with prominent visiting master artists and resident faculty, as well as principal members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Students are selected through national competitive auditions, interviews, and portfolio reviews. Kent/Blossom alumni are associated with major professional arts organizations worldwide. These include the Berlin, Boston, Cleveland, New York, and Vienna orchestras; the Metropolitan, Houston, and La Scala operas; art museums in New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, and Paris; and dozens of dramatic companies and major theatres, including Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Performing Arts Box Office

There are three ways that you can make reservations and purchase tickets through PABO: in person, via phone, or online.