Penn’s campus is home to a vibrant Arts and Culture community that celebrates artistic treasures and rare books; splendid gardens and spellbinding performances; signature homes for creative writing and provocative exhibitions, and more. The arts inspire creativity, evoke compassion, encourage self-expression, and promote tolerance and understanding. Integrated into daily life at Penn’s Schools and Centers, creative expression can invigorate teaching, sharpen students’ powers of observation, and even improve patients’ ability to heal. Through initiatives funded by The Power of Penn Campaign, the arts will become an even more integral part of the Penn experience.
One of the nation’s foremost performing arts centers on a major urban university campus, the Annenberg Center connects Penn and its regional audiences to diverse and innovative theater, jazz, world music and dance.
Institute Of Contemporary Art
For 50 years, Institute of Contemporary Art has brought the best new art to Philadelphia, and Penn students have been involved at every stage of the process. The list of groundbreaking artists ICA showed early in their careers includes Andy Warhol, Agnes Martin, Paul Thek, Laurie Anderson, Keith Haring, David Hammons, and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum is recognized as one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in its care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania—the official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania—promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through education, research, outreach, and horticultural display.