Student Involvement

Get Involved
We have a variety of student activities for you to participate in, including over 20 clubs and organizations, intramural sports and more.

Make Bonds
Being involved in campus life is a great way to enhance friendships within your major and to make new friends outside of your major. Whether you are joining a club, being an RA or helping to welcome students as an Orientation Leader, there are multiple ways to make life long connections.

Campus Activities
The Office of Student Life, in conjunction with student organizations and other offices, sponsors a wide variety of activities for you: Fall Fest, The Cafe Series, Late Night Breakfast, free movie showings and much more!

For more information, stop by our office located on the 3rd Floor of Gershman Hall in Suite 309 or contact us at

African Diaspora Collective

The African Diaspora Collective (ADC) is an organization dedicated to the betterment of the University of the Arts through diversity programming, community outreach and cultural awareness. ADC strives to develop a strong body of student leaders enthusiastic about the success and unity of all minorities on and off campus!

Through active cultural programming such as the ADC Poetry Slam, "Real Talk" discussion panels, stand up comedy nights and much more, the African Diaspora Collective, along with partnering student organizations, is building a better UArts. For More information check out the ADC website.

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Artist Making Movement (AMMO)

Ammo is a hip-hop dance organization that will be coined as a "Crew." The name Ammo means "Artist Making Movement." The club will function to house scheduled classes at UArts with rotating student instruction and choreography for the crew and to prepare for special events that the club and UArts seeks out to perform at. Ammo is a great space for students to express themselves freely from daily codified restrictions of dance and life. Ammo will allow everyone to have fun and feel the joy of other dancers doing the same. It is the mission to create a hip-hop community and language at UArts all its own.

Blend Theatrics

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide additional artistic opportunities for the students of the University of the Arts who hold the ability to express themselves through music, dance, art and theatrical text or are able to develop it through writing, directing, composition, choreography or design. To do this, we will effortlessly blend music and theatre to create thought-provoking theatre/new and innovative theatrical experiences, including, but not limited to, cabarets, cafés, concerts and to produce musicals that already do so. We are an outlet for students to meet new students of other majors, work with student directors, producers, choreographers and creators, to educate themselves and others. This organization allows students of different majors to come together and strive to produce original, published and/or popular work that is evidence of the importance of music to the theatrical experience.

Blurring Edges: A Cabaret

Blurring Edges is a student-run organization that provides additional artistic opportunities to students of the University of the Arts. Blurring Edges’ focus is on collaboration and creativity, with the goal to produce an outlet for multifaceted theatrical art. By exploring the creative process, Blurring Edges strives to produce thought-provoking and exciting live theatre. Along with additional performance opportunities, we are always open and willing to collaborate with other majors and disciplines within the student body. Also, as we continue to develop we hope to expand further into the Philadelphia theatre and art community.

During the school year we produce several shows each semester, including our annual “First Year Showcase” for the Musical Theatre majors in the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. In the past we have produced the semi-annual “Miscast Cabaret”, a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, "Between the Notes: An All Female Exploration of the Jazz Age", and “The Music of Katie Thompson” (in collaboration with Xhale Dance Company), among many others.

For more information please contact Mark Cooper, Producing Artistic Director, at or visit us at

Center City Glassworks

Center City Glassworks will focus on creating a sense of community, like in the glass art world. Students will join together to practice the production-style process, learn about an archaic craft practice, and sharpen life skills like responsibility, attentiveness and time management.

Follow us on Instagram: centercityglassworks

Community Service

The call for community engagement has taken hold at the University of the Arts. Throughout different points in the year the Office off Student Life will offer community service opportunities in group and individual settings. It is our hope that these efforts will help our students and the University make a worthwhile connection with our neighbors.

Come on out to the UArts Student Activities and Community Service Fair to learn about over 25 student organizations and 20 community service organizations! In the meantime, if you are interested in community service, stop by the Office of Student Life to learn about more opportunities!

If you have any questions please contact us at 215-717-6970 or

Check out some of the organizations that participated last year:

Student Organizations
African Diaspora Collective (ADC)
Alpha Psi Omega
Blurring Edges
Fifth Circle
Gallery One
GLBTS Student Union
Improv Entourage
Ladies of Service
Latino Student Union
National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
Outer Haven Club
Salsa Club
Slackline Club
UArts Christian Fellowship
UArts Korean Association (UKA)
UArts Literary Society
Unsung Theatre Project
  Community Service Organizations
After School Activities Partnerships / ASAP
Art Sanctuary
Back on my Feet
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Broad Street Ministries
Circle of Hope Church
Dance USA Philadelphia
Girls Rock Philly
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Uhuru Furniture
Washington Square West Civic Association

Culture Vultures

Student Affairs' FREE dance, music and art series to the first 20 students who pick up tickets!

Have fun and get inspired with your fellow UArts students at some of Philadelphia’s most exciting performances and concerts!

Ticket pick-up: Gina Guglielmi, Student Affairs Coordinator, Gershman 311, Student Affairs Office, 215-717-6617

Questions? Contact: Mara Flamm, Director, International Student Programs, Gershman 412, 215-717-6621

Emerging Leaders

This comprehensive program is designed to encourage students to learn more about themselves and how to become active leaders on our campus. The Emerging Leaders Program will be modeled after the Student Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. The Student Leadership Challenge is utilized by colleges and universities across the nation to teach students the 5 practices of exemplary leadership.

The Emerging Leaders Program occurs each spring semester, with the nomination process occuring in the fall semester.

Nominations should be submitted to Kristen Burkett at by Friday, November 20, 2015. To nominate a prospective student leader(s) or to self-nominate, students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and be first or second year students.

Interest meetings will be held on December 1, 2015 at 5pm in the Levitt Foyer and on December 2, 2015 at 12pm in Terra 831.

If you have any questions regarding Emerging Leaders, please do not hesitate to contact Kristen Burkett, Campus Programming Coordinator, at or 215-717-6615, or Maggie Stauffer, New Student Programming Coordinator, at or 215-717-6973.

Figure Club

The organization’s purpose is to bring together people who love drawing and visual organization. This organization aims to help develop life drawing skills. Events include sketch walks, movie nights and figure classes. Sketch walks are when a group of people go around the city and draw what they see. Good places to have a sketch walk include the park, cafes, subway, dance classes, etc.

For more information on this organization, please contact Figure Club President James McMullen at

Gallery One

Gallery One is a student-run art gallery dedicated to providing members with a space in which to show work, curate exhibitions and experiment. Gallery One offers an area for expression beyond the classroom and provides an added incentive for students to make work worthy of being shown to a greater public. The gallery is also a space for visiting artists to display their work and in return, students can learn how to work together with outside artists as well as operate how a gallery functions.

For more information, please contact Gallery One President Sydney Andrews at

Improv Entourage

Improv Entourage is dedicated to putting on an amazing and unique performances that we guarantee have never been seen, and will never be seen again! Want to see a variety of crazy improv games assembled from around the country? Well we have them here! How about seeing a group of strangers risk their lives to entertain you? We've got that too! You're bound to enjoy our unique style and wacky personalities, so we invite you to join us for a show that everyone can enjoy. We promise, you will not be disappointed.

Those interested in contacting the group for performances, workshops, or auditions should email the director at

JEWARTS: The UArts Jewish Student Collective

Chabad Jewish Center for Students of the Arts

Serving Philadelphia’s art and music schools, Chabad Jewish Center provides weekly Shabbat meals, holiday celebrations, classes, community service opportunities and arts programming. You’re invited every Friday night to the Chabad House (located just two blocks from Hamilton Hall) for a delicious, homemade four-course Shabbat meal to unwind from the week and nourish your body and soul.

Join us as we explore the deep connection between Torah and the arts in a comfortable, family-style setting. When you need a break from your work, are looking for an opportunity to spend time with friends, or make connections with students from other schools, Chabad is your home away from home to reJEWvinate yourself!

For more information, join our Facebook group.

Ladies of Service

Ladies of Service (LOS) is a community service based organization committed to the development and progress of the Greater Philadelphia Area and the underprivileged, underserved communities within the area. Ladies of Service is a collective of women/female-identified people, committed to bringing about change and the vision for every person, from every walk of life, to have the opportunity to live in a vibrant, healthy, compassionate world. LOS serves all communities including but not limited to: people with disabilities, at-risk youth, the economically disadvantaged, the elderly, the environment, and in-need animals.

To learn more about LOS please contact current President Olivia Kram at, their advisor Amy Beal at, or their organizational e-mail at

You can also follow Ladies of Service on Facebook.


LGBT@UArts provides information, resources and support to members of the UArts community.

As an administrative unit within the Office of Student Affairs at the University of the Arts, LGBT@UArts exists to mobilize our talented community of LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff and allies to nurture a campus that is mindful of issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

It is our goal to assist members of the UArts community who are "out," questioning their sexuality or gender identity, or who are allies to help us continue to build a warm and welcoming environment that is inclusive of diversity in all of its forms.

Find out more about LGBT@UArts.

Gershman Hall, Room 307A
401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-717-6630
Fax: 215-717-6631

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities, and offers nearly half a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.

For more information about the UArts chapter, please contact Chapter President Jessica Nora Cohen at

2015-2016 Officers:
Bridget Irelan - Chapter Advisor
Jessica Nora Cohen - Chapter President
Andrew Purvis- Chapter Vice President
TBD (interested? E-mail Jess!) - VP of Social Media
Sierra Stewart - VP of Community Service
TBD (interested? E-mail Jess!) - Treasurer
Chanel Howard - Secretary

View photos from the 2012 Induction Ceremony >>


We are your advocates in a world of administrators and artists. The purpose of this organization shall be to aid in the promotion of inner campus communication and collaborative development through both the faculty and the student bodies.

Town Hall Committee: We take your concerns and we turn them into positive action! Come to our town hall meetings to address how we can make your college experience better.

Programming Committee: We sponsor your events and your ideas. Come to us to help get advice or funding for your events or organizations. We’ll help you advertise and bring your ideas to life!

Want to join? Email Have a question? Email

Sports & Recreation

We are excited to offer our students opportunities in sports and recreation. We offer intramural leagues for the fall and spring semesters and opportunities to have one-time sporting events. Many of these exhibitions take place on campus or at the 12th Street Gym.

  • Dodgeball – Wednesdays from 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Basketball – Sundays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

To play, please fill out this registration form.

Athletic Student Organizations

Students can also participate in some of our more physically active student organizations such as UArts Circus Club and the Fifth Circle (fencing).

Gym Membership

To further encourage participation in sports and physical fitness, the University offers partially subsidized memberships at the 12th Street Gym.

The Black Sheep Project

The purpose of this club is to raise an awareness of several social injustices, not with any form of negativity, but through all different artistic mediums and to bend social norms and make it known that people of all kinds are more than acceptable.

The Collective

The Collective is a faith-based community on campus! The mission and vision are simple – leading people to see God for who he really is. We create an environment where everyone feels loved, heard, and encouraged by the power of Jesus.

“…From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies....” – Colossians 1:18-20 MSG

In a community it’s important to understand that everyone stems from different backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. Collectively, we all come together as one to work for the greater purpose in which God has designed. Through weekly meetings, dinners, worship nights, and more, The Collective aims to provide a place to grow in faith and friendships.

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The Fifth Circle

The 5th Circle is an all blades fencing club open to all UArts students, faculty and staff. The mission of the club is to teach and help members develop the necessary skills and discipline for learning the art and competitive craft of athletic fencing, all within a challenging and relaxing environment.

The 5th Circle conducts open instructional workshops twice a week, and holds competitive fencing tournaments once a semester. In every competition fencers contend for bronze, silver, and gold medals. All equipment and workshops are free, however students are encouraged to acquire their own personal equipment to further supplement their learning experience.

For more information please contact Alice Krieg (5th Circle President) at or Lowell Boston (5th Circle Advisor) at

To Write Love On Her Arms

As an officially recognized chapter of the non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms, LLC, we share the same mission of dedication to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. We serve to help erase the stigmatization of depression and anxiety and provide an outlet for those who are struggling. Any fundraising done by the chapter will serve to directly benefit TWLOHA, LLC in its mission to inform and provide treatment. The University of the Arts has long served as an elite institution to train some of the most creative minds in the world. TWLOHA intends to serve in the assistance of the health and well-being of those minds.

-Ross Lee Stilman
Founder & Chapter President

UArts Circus Club

Circus Club focuses on two main points: flow arts and slacklining.

Flow arts: Creating patterns and dance like gestures through the manipulation of props as an extension of the body. Our club primarily focuses on the use of poi, hoops, and juggling, with some interaction with various other props. Flow arts can often be used as a method of meditation and perception training.

Slacklining: The act of having an unbelievable amount of fun walking and doing tricks on a piece of webbing pulled tight between two points, also used as a form of meditation, physical and mental training.

Balance. Focus. Energy. Relaxation.

Come unwind with us every Monday at 7:00 in Solmssen Court. We welcome any experience level, beginner to expert. Learn to stand, walk or do some tricks on the slackline and learn to flow like you don’t even know! Meet some new friends and let loose from your stressful week at class. Be sure to wear loose fitting pants and flat soled shoes (or none at all)!

For more information, contact Alex Norkeveck at

UArts Environmental Society

The purpose of this organization shall be to

  1. Promote environmentally safe practices around campus and off-campus
  2. Improve the community around us through volunteer efforts
  3. Raise awareness of environmental issues in the world today and for the future
  4. Provide alternatives for reducing unnecessary waste of resources
  5. Foster a community of people who wish to better the environment
  6. Work to develop sustainability initiatives

UArts Korean Association

The University of the Arts Korean Association’s mission is to support Korean students who are affiliated with the University of the Arts: undergraduate and graduate students, along with faculty and alumni. In addition, the Korean Association gives students more opportunities to exchange academic, artistic and collaborative ideas with its members. The Korean Association also hopes to promote friendship and international exchange with other UArts students. Finally, the Korean Association plans on creating Korean cultural events to expose the University community to Korean culture.

For more information, visit the UArts Korean Association's website >>

UArts Literary Society

The Literary Society is an organization on the University of Arts' campus dedicated to the discussion of literature within our culture and art society.


The Literary Society meets once every two weeks to discuss how literary subjects are being displayed in society, not only in written work, but also in film, magazines, newspapers, photography, television, and other mediums of art.

Our hopes are to achieve an intelligent conversation that allows the intermingling of creative minds within the campus community and to show off peer work, while also celebrating our own triumphs as student artists.

We will be hosting Moth Readings, Open Mic Nights, Blind Book Dates, and student workshops, and there is (free) coffee!

Mission Statement

It is our goal to provide students with a forum that will allow them to share their thoughts with other open-minded and well-informed youths, creating an open discussion where they can choose to combat or combine ideas and theories using the input from the members of the group who attend the meetings. We will also decide upon a selection of writings to read and discuss each week, allowing students to share their favorite literature in the hopes that they will help each other find interesting stories and poems that they wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

To get involved, please contact Literary Society President Emily Famularo at or Vice President Alyssa Langenhop at

UArts Private Cinema

October 2 - The Black Hole
October 9 - Lawrence of Arabia
October  16 - Twin Peaks
October  23 - Spellbound
October  31 - Lifeforce
November 6 - Pierrot le Fou
November  13 - F for Fake
November  20 - The Killers
December 4 - Black Narcissus
December  11 - Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

All screenings generally run from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in the Connelly Auditorium, except Lawrence of Arabia, which will run from 7 to 11:00pm

UArts Quidditch

From the mind of J.K. Rowling has come the only co-ed college contact sport in the form of Quidditch. If you enjoy the thrill of contact sports, want to get in shape without spending endless hours at the gym, or are interested in learning more about this relatively new sport, you should join Quidditch.

Our mission is to engage in fair and fun Quidditch play while focusing on bonding as a team on and off the field with regular biweekly practices and a couple of Harry Potter movie nights.


Vox is the University of the Arts’ only student-run a cappella group on campus. Consisting of nine female voices, VOX focuses on contemporary music by popular artists as well as music composed and arranged by students at the University. The group hopes to become more immersed in the UArts community, the School of Music and Student Life, and also reach beyond that by involving themselves in the vibrant musical community that Philadelphia has to offer young adults.

Auditions for VOX will happen annually at the start of the Fall Semester, and the group will run through the remainder of the academic year. Involvement includes attending rehearsals, sectionals, and performances.

To get involved, or for more information, please contact us at

We Are Artist

We are a creative group of people inspired by the art inside of us – a collection of diverse artists who have joined together because of one commonality: stepping. Stepping is a combination of stomps, claps and disciplined movement combined to create a wonderful art form called a step, otherwise known as a drill. As a team, we unite to create steps, formations, transitions and choreographed dances. We host events not only to share our routines, but to also encourage school spirit and school unity.

Our ultimate goal is to forge a co-ed, multi-cultured team that embodies students from every major, despite whether they are a performing artist of a visual artist. We aim to establish a bond that displays unity and builds school spirit throughout campus.

As WAA members, we believe that combining voice, energy, balance, precision and confidence creates power. That power is what gives us the motivation to perform our routines. We Are Artist believes that being an artist isn’t just announcing it when you’re in a room, but demonstrating it as you enter.

For more information, please contact We Are Artist President Morriah Young at