Arts and Culture
Drexel is home to a burgeoning, home-grown performing arts scene. Every term, hundreds of students from across the University express themselves through dance, music, and theater. With four choral groups, symphony and jazz orchestras, a concert band, two dance companies, partnerships with top Philadelphia theatre companies, and student-produced shows, there's something for everyone.
You'll also find influential art collections and galleries that speak to a variety of interests and draw enthusiasts from around the globe. The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, one of the oldest and most esteemed university collections in the United States, houses more than 12,000 textiles, garments, and accessories ranging from Renaissance textiles to French couture. The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Leonard Pearlstein Gallery exhibits novel and experimental art in all contemporary media, including digital, video, sculpture, photography, graphics, and fashion design. And our celebrated Drexel Collection, originally founded in 1891, offers more than 6,000 works, with a focus on 19th-century European art. You can view these historic paintings, prints, porcelain, furniture, silver, and clocks on display in galleries, exhibits, and buildings across the University.
But we also recognize the value in using art as a connection to those around us. Our Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships serves as a neighborhood hub that offers a communal space to engage in dance classes, open mic nights, and opportunities to work on plays and the written word. Here, Drexel artists, dancers, and writers regularly work alongside local residents to create art of all kinds — and help build lasting bonds that move our communities forward.