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About the Year of the Arts

William & Mary celebrates 2023-24 as the Year of the Arts. With programming anchored by the opening of the new Arts Quarter in fall 2023 and major events at Homecoming, the Year of the Arts will amplify the crucial importance of arts education in the 21st century and highlight the vital role that the arts play in all facets of W&M's educational experience.

Arts at W&M

Art has the power to transcend boundaries, evoke emotion, and challenge us to see the world in new and beautiful ways. At William & Mary, art is for everyone.

Photo by Nikos Kokkalias and Kathimerini newspaper

Glenn Close ’74, D.A. ’89, H.F. ’19 to be honored at Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2023

Award-winning actor Glenn Close ’74, D.A. ’89, H.F. ’19 is returning to her alma mater for a series of special events during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, Oct. 19-22.

Close has starred in films such as “The Big Chill,” “The Natural,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “101 Dalmatians” and “Hillbilly Elegy,” on TV shows and in on- and off-Broadway productions. Among her many accolades are three Tony Awards, three Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two SAG Awards and eight Oscar nominations. She is also an advocate for wildlife conservation and mental health.

She will be featured in the dedication of the Arts Quarter, lead the Homecoming Parade as grand marshal and discuss the importance of the performing arts with President Katherine A. Rowe in the Presidential Conversation. She will also teach a master class for W&M theatre students.

Upcoming Arts Events

Browse W&M Arts events to see what's happening now and plan ahead for art events you don't want to miss. Want to feature your event in the calendar? Visit the guidelines page and submit your arts event.



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