Arts & Culture

John Anderson photo.

The arts and culture scene is rich and vibrant at Plymouth State. We can attribute our cultural wealth to the fine arts and craftspeople, writers, painters, sculptors, scholars, musicians, inventors, graphic artists, photographers, and textile designers in the surrounding community.

Each January, The Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) takes place in the Silver Center for the Arts on campus. ETC is an inspiring and innovative arts education program involving PSU students, faculty, staff, and members of the Plymouth community in a full scale musical production on the main stage. There are also opportunities to participate in a one-day children’s festival and an integrated arts conference for teachers. This January, ETC brings Fiddler on the Roof to life.

Plymouth State also has world-class arts and culture facilities, including the Silver Center, whose mission is to engage, educate, serve and support the students of Plymouth State in the study, performance, and appreciation of the performing arts. As the major cultural arts center in central New Hampshire, the Silver Center also serves as an arts presenter in order to provide a rich, rewarding cultural experience for students, faculty, staff, and the public at large presenting guest artists whose work reflects the best in American and world cultures. The facilities include the Hanaway Theatre, the Smith Recital Hall, and the Studio Theatre.

You’ll also find the Karl Drerup Art Gallery on campus, which aims to foster dialogue between students, educators, artists, and community members through the display of artwork by emerging and established artists. The multidisciplinary Museum of the White Mountains serves as a focal point for both public displays of cluster projects on contemporary issues and major historical exhibits. The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series brings a variety of speakers to campus to address critical issues and events in politics, society, and culture, topics.