Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU

Welcome.

Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU (Welcome)are you a dreamer? Does a wisp of beauty, a perfectly pitched note, or a bold line of poetry quicken—or arrest—your heart? Are you happiest when riding the flow of creativity? Whatever your medium, Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University will help you polish that gift—and flourish.

Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University educates artist-practitioners and scholars in a diverse environment that cultivates SOU’s values of creativity, collaboration, communication, and adventure.

Its focus is on the training, nurturing, presenting, and honoring of Oregon artists. OCA is an academic division of Southern Oregon University but also serves a broader purpose as a community arts presenter, partner, and producer. The unique Rogue Valley setting of Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU acts as a creative catalyst for the mixture of students, educators, and artists from the state, nation, and world. This diverse combination infuses the Oregon cultural landscape with artistic excellence.

The structural components comprise its Academic Programs, the Schneider Museum of Art (SMA), institutional-based Allied Arts Programs, and Community Arts Partnerships.

Creative Writing (Articulate)Write your heart out in fiction, nonfiction, verse, lyrics, or whatever form strikes your fancy as you learn top writing secrets in our Creative Writing program.
Dance (Leap)Dance a grand jeté to a time step to popping and locking while picking up choreography nuances in our Dance/Movement Studies program.
Emerging Media and Digital Arts (Transcend)Merge your love of vanguard and traditional disciplines through our groundbreaking Emerging Media & Digital Arts (emdA) program.
Music (Create)Rise to a crescendo and hone your musical talents under the tutelage of the world-class artists in our rigorous Music program.
Events (Watch)Witness the goosebump-inducing cultural events presented by Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.
Creative Arts (Shape)Unleash your inner muse through the complementary trio of expressive majors available in our Creative Arts program.
Associates (Cooperate)Converge with fellow art-lovers and aficionados at events presented by Associates of Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.
Community Arts Partners (Unite)Nibble on the sumptuous offers available from esteemed community arts partners of Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.
Box Office (Reserve)Grab your tickets to the season’s hottest OCA at SOU music concerts, theatre productions, and art events at our Box Office.
Contact (Ask)Tell us your questions, your hopes, your goals, and your requests for Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.
SOU: Music Theatre (Sing)Sing your way across the stage and into audience members’ hearts as you master this popular form in our Musical Theatre program.
Shakespeare Studies (Ponder)Find your destiny not in the stars but in yourself through our rousing Shakespeare Studies program set in the home of Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Theatre (Dream)Break a leg as you follow in the footsteps of Ty Burrell, Monique Bernadette Barbee, and other award-winning alumni of our Theatre program.
Visual Arts (Visualize)Sculpt your future as you acquire the technical expertise and delve into your creative vision through our Visual Arts program.
Academic Programs (Think)Bask in the luxurious offerings available through Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU’s academic programs.
Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) (Gape)Drink in the stimulating contemporary art and educational events at the Schneider Museum of Art on the Southern Oregon University campus.
Allied Arts Programs (Gather)Taste the tempting offerings available through Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU’s diverse array of Allied Arts Programs.
Ashland (Savor)Fall head over heels in love with Ashland, frequently named as one of the best places in America to study, work, retire, live, and play.
Space Rentals (Luxuriate)Schedule the perfect venue (including SOU’s acclaimed Music Recital Hall) for your special event through our space rentals page.
Support the Arts (Give)Feel the joy of contributing to a richer and more culturally diverse community while supporting our talented students.