Friday, February 20, 2009
With two major art museums, a critically acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert halls, and world-renowned Schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music, Yale University is an internationally recognized center for the visual and performing arts. Indeed, Yale was one of the first American universities to foster the arts. As one of the nation’s foremost institutions of higher learning, it has for over a century been the training ground for some of the country’s most distinguished actors, playwrights, artists, museum professionals, architects, musicians, and composers. Matthew Barney, Chuck Close, Norman Foster, Maya Lin, Richard Stoltzman, Meryl Streep, and Wendy Wasserstein are just a handful of the graduates of Yale’s professional schools of the arts who have made lasting contributions in their chosen fields. Yale’s unparalleled excellence in the arts is also evident in the array of museums and performing-arts venues and organizations that attract audiences from across the country. In addition to the encyclopedic collections of the Yale University Art Gallery and the extraordinary riches of the Yale Center for British Art, Yale possesses one of the world’s finest collections of rare and historical musical instruments. Musical performances include literally hundreds of concerts and recitals presented each year, performed by faculty and students as well as distinguished guest artists. Yale’s Repertory Theatre, which has featured appearances by such outstanding actors as Glenn Close and James Earl Jones, is indisputably one of the nation’s most prestigious regional theaters. Remarkably, these and the other cultural opportunities described in this brochure are within walking distance of one another, and many are in buildings designed by some of the greatest architects of the modern era, including a number of Yale School of Architecture alumni. With the majority of performances and museums free of charge, Yale Arts are accessible to all. We invite you to explore them!