The arts play a vital role in fostering creativity, collaboration and learning at Davidson.

Members of Friends of the Arts support the visual, performing and literary arts at Davidson College. Because of the generosity of our members, the college offers dynamic programs that enhance the academic curriculum at the college and expand audiences' awareness of and accessibility to the arts in our community. Specifically, faculty and student projects in the music, theatre, visual and literary arts are supported by Friends of the Arts.

Holiday Gala 2018

The Holiday Gala has quickly become one of our signature events welcoming the holiday season with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Reynolds Lecture

Author, cultural critic and MacArthur Fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates addressed a crowd of nearly 4000 at the Davidson's annual Reynolds Lecture.

DSCO Symphony Orchestra Tara Keith

Davidson's Symphony Orchestra Director and Music Professor Tara Villa Keith has also served as cover conductor to the Charlotte Symphony.

The artist-in-residence program is also supported by Friends of the Arts and it remains essential to the creative life of the college. The college is proud to host renowned guest vocalists, musicians, dance troupes and theatre companies from around the world as part of the Smith Artist Series and Concert Series. 

Davidson hosts traveling gallery exhibits, student and faculty works, and our own extensive permanent collection of visual art at the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center. And throughout the academic year, our exceptional Davidson students share the stages, contribute to the galleries and reach into the community as part of the many performances, exhibitions, demonstrations and lectures.

Become a Member

Friends of the Arts members make these connections possible. Membership benefits are available at various giving levels, including special events for donors, priority ticketing and seating, advanced notification of performances, exhibits and lectures by email and wonderful volunteer opportunities.

We invite you to learn more about the arts at Davidson College and hope you will join our efforts by making a tax-deductible gift today. For more information, please email the Director of Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement, Sherry Nelson, at or call 704-894-2101.

Support the Arts

Make an online, tax-deductible gift in support of the arts at Davidson and in the local community.

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Student & Alumni Profiles

Davidson Arts & Creative Engagement

The office of Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement (DACE) strives to integrate the arts into the daily lives of our students, faculty and staff. When you give to the arts, you become a member of Friends of the Arts, a part of DACE.

Learn More About DACE

Join Our Mailing List

The Friends of the Arts eNews is a great way to stay in touch with art events on campus. Published monthly, the eNews highlights theatre, music, visual arts, and literary events. You will have plenty of time to mark your calendar, buy tickets, and enjoy an evening on Davidson's beautiful campus. The international, national and local artists perform and exhibit in intimate venues throughout the college.

For more information, please email Sherry Nelson, director of Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement, at or call 704-894-2101.

Contact Information




Mailing Address

Box 7176

Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road

Davidson, NC 28035