The Arts | Selected Works
Music, literature, theater, and other creative works that offer contemplative space, meaning, and uplift
PERSPECTIVES FOR THE PANDEMIC
As The Washington Post has reported, "at the heart of the dismal US coronavirus response" is a "fraught relationship with masks." In this series of short commentaries, MIT faculty delve into the historic, creative, and cultural meanings of masks, offering new ways to think about, appreciate, and practice protective masking — currently a primary way to save lives and to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE MEANINGS OF MASKS
MIT professor and theater designer on masks as archetypes, protection, the performance of self, and care for others
During this time of physical distancing to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Arts at MIT offer ways to stay connected to the MIT Arts Community from wherever you are.
A curated collection of outstanding works from MIT's Music Program
EDUCATION | THE ARTS
Based on the advice from Odin in the Old Norse poem Hávamál (Sayings of the High One)
THE ARTS | EDUCATION
In 21W.771 (Writing Poetry Workshop), taught by acclaimed poet Erica Funkhouser, Lee creates a work for this moment of isolation.
A pandemic anthem written and produced by scientist/engineer/musician/composer Kyle Markland '22, who also plays in the MIT Symphony Orchestra.
In this conversation, part of Winfrey's 2020 Vision Tour, Oprah talks with MIT physicist and writer Alan Lightman about the presence, authenticity, and meanings of spiritual experience.
THE ARTS | LITERATURE
MIT Reads is an all-MIT reading experience that aims to build community and foster understanding. Events and discussions are open to the entire MIT community.
THE ARTS | MUSIC FROM MIT
A gorgeous, stirring work from 1405, reconstructed by MIT musicologist Michael Cuthbert; composed by by Antonio Zachara da Teramo; and performed by Ensemble Micrologus.
THE ARTS | MIT THEATER ARTS
Student playwrights see their works performed on stage, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between MIT students and theater professionals.
In the wake of the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, MIT’s Festival Jazz Ensemble joins forces with acclaimed musician Miguel Zenón to provide aid.
MIT has a vibrant arts scene, and the jazz music program is one of its shining stars.
The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble performs "Feeling Good," arrangement by Garrett Parrish
"Africa today is seen as the future of global innovation and entrepreneurship in areas from technology to the arts. Important questions about Africa’s new visibility include: Who is recognized as an expert? What is seen as innovative, and what knowledge is considered worth carrying forward? Who gets to be the face of this 'New Africa'?"