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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Arts @ Clarke


April 14

Mackin-Mailander Alumni Lecture
Vivid: Seeing Clearly the Path Ahead of Us

Presented by Jessica Pape ’08

Life experiences and circumstances can derail us or help clarify vision and purpose toward success. Learning to grow from shame to shining through adversity, Jessica shares personal accounts of resilience, growth, and faith and how embracing unique perspectives can positively impact your life. Choosing intention to overcome challenges and thrive offers an insightful reminder that personal circumstances need not define who we truly are.

Watch Live
7 p.m. CST

April 19 – May 15

Senior Graphic Design Exhibition featuring
Maggie Christiansen, Nick Miller, Mariah Pellino

Quigley Gallery

April 21

New Music & Studio Recital

Featuring new works by composition students and performances by students enrolled in applied lessons.

Live streamed event
7 p.m. CST

April 22-25


By Heather Meyer ’03

Terence Donaghoe Hall
April 22-24: 7:30 p.m. CST
April 25: 2:30 p.m. CST

Live-streaming event on Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. CST

Otherworld is an exciting new play exploring the mythic love story of Eurydice and Orpheus, written by 2003 Clarke alum and Minneapolis playwright Heather Meyer. This Clarke Theatre production is the culmination of the year-long Otherworld New Play Development Project, which documented Meyer’s process of creating this new dramatic text.

May 1


2-7 p.m. CST

An outdoor spring festival celebrating music, art and Clarke campus culture! ClarkeFest will feature live musical performances from Clarke’s own CU Jazz and Melos ensembles, live encore musical performances of the 2020-2021 Lion’s Den Sessions live-streaming guests, an electric performance by speed painter Mike Debus, and plenty of fun activities sponsored by an array of Clarke’s student organizations.

May 8

Clarke Ensemble Showcase

Live streamed event
7 p.m. CST

Includes performances from all Clarke University Ensembles and a ceremony honoring our graduating seniors.

The Arts

The Arts at Clarke series features performers, lecturers, musicians, dancers, poets, and writers from across the country and around the world. We have hosted such talents as Thompson Square, Maya Angelou, Andy Grammer, Javier Colon, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Step Afrika!

We pride ourselves in attracting top professional talent to both teach and perform. Major programs of study are available in art, graphic design, music, and music education.

Javier Colon performing at Clarke
Javier Colon, The Voice Season One winner, performs at Clarke.


Doors generally open 30 minutes prior to performances, unless noted otherwise. Admission to all drama department events begins 45 minutes prior to curtain. Seats for all events are general admission. Times and dates are subject to change.