In addition to experiencing the visual and performing arts scene on campus, you'll find a lively cultural life within a few miles of Connecticut College. You'll see why the New London region, boyhood home to America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill, has inspired artists and writers for centuries.
On the southern edge of campus you'll discover a small jewel among New England art museums, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Downtown New London is home to two very different but equally thriving arts centers. At the Garde Arts Center, set in a refurbished vaudeville and movie theater from the 1920s, you'll see Broadway productions, classical music, opera and ballet. Nearby is the off-beat Hygienic Arts Center and outdoor Art Park, named for a former landmark restaurant on the city's Bank Street. A half-dozen other art galleries and antique shops are a short stroll away.
In nearby Waterford, the award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center hosts a national playwright's conference and programs in puppetry and musical theater. Connecticut College is the college of record for two programs offered by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center: The National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut, and the Moscow Art Theater Semester (MATS) in Moscow, Russia.
An hour's drive to New Haven, Hartford or Providence will bring you to stage productions at the Schubert Theater or Yale Repertory, Hartford Stage or Trinity Repertory. You'll see world-class collections at the Yale Art Gallery, Wadsworth Atheneum or Rhode Island School of Design Museum.