Many cultural opportunities are available to students, both on campus and in the New Britain and Hartford areas.
On campus, the Samuel S. T. Chen Art Center features an array of international, national, and regional artists in exhibits of fine arts, design, and scholastic arts. The Theatre Department's facilities include one of the best-equipped, flexible, experimental stages in the region. Students may take advantage of concerts, theatre, choral performances, and dance presentations by student groups, faculty, and professional companies from around the world.
The Student Center Program Council Arts Committee is committed to presenting a variety of visual and performing arts. Interested students should contact the program council in the Student Activities Office of the Student Center.
In addition to CCSU's renovated Thaddeus L. Torp Theatre, which provides a handsome stage for the performing arts, Welte Hall is "home" for the New Britain Symphony Orchestra four times per year.
Beyond campus, students will find two local, nationally known art museums, the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Area theatres, including Hartford Stage, the New Britain Repertory Theatre, TheaterWorks, The Hole in the Wall, the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, and The Bushnell, offer a variety of music, drama, and dance. The Bushnell, in fact, is home to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Dance Connecticut, Connecticut Opera, Chamber Music Plus! and The Connecticut Forum. The University has special relations with several of these venues, enabling student to attend for free or at a very discounted admission price.