Hop Art

Get to know the Baltimore arts scene—and connect with fellow students and faculty! Free!

Hop Art, generously funded by the Parents Fund, provides JHU students (undergraduate Homewood and PhD) an opportunity to attend performing arts events in Baltimore, also allowing students and faculty to interact in a social setting.

STUDENTS: Events are for Homewood undergraduate students only. Some Spring 2021 events are open to graduate students and/or faculty staff, as indicated.

FACULTY: If you would like to attend and lead a discussion group, please Email the director of Homewood Arts Programs.

How to Sign Up

Homewood undergraduate students

To register for events, you can find the programs on Hopkins Groups, under Homewood Arts with the HopArt tag.

Questions? Email the director of Homewood Arts Programs.

PhD students from other Hopkins schools or campuses

If you have questions about the PhD event, email the vice provost for graduate education office.

Spring Semester 2021 Events

All events are virtual and subject to change.


Intro to Improv with BIG (Baltimore Improv Group)

Thursdays, Feb. 18 and April 8, 5pm (Undergraduate Only)

Hopkins Groups Registration, 4/8

Ever taken an improv class before? Well now is your chance to try it out, from the comfort of your own home, with a 60-minute introductory session! Through simple, fun and supportive exercises, participants will explore basic concepts like playfulness, listening and agreement – all in a safe and comfortable *digital setting geared specifically toward those who are new to improv. The workshop is great for people looking to sharpen communication skills, get creatively inspired, and/or collaborate with others. Low stakes, huge fun! Space is limited (capacity of 8), so please sign up ahead of time to secure your spot. Registrants may sign up for one session only to allow for as many students as possible to participate. For more info about BIG: https://www.bigimprov.org/


Everyman Theater: Cry it Out

Saturday, April 3, 6pm

Registration Link on Hopkins Groups

Join Everyman Theatre in a viewing of the play Cry it Out (description below) and a live-discussion with actors from the play: Megan Anderson (LINA) and Beth Hylton (JESSIE). Artist discussion on April 3 at 6pm, with access to the play viewable at your convenience.

Midnight feedings, dirty diapers, and other hazards of motherhood are enough to give anyone sleepless nights. This no holds-barred modern comedy from the award-winning writer of Casual (Hulu), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), and Shameless (Showtime -writer/producer), holds a magnifying glass and megaphone to the joys and perils facing new parents today. Join Jessie and Lina in their Long Island backyards where the wildly different, but equally difficult parenting decisions facing each mother—and the new neighbors in the mansion up the hill — are “worthy of your attention” –Broadway World. Written by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Vincent M. Lancisi. For more information.


Jennifer Koh, violin
Shriver Hall Concert Series

April 13, 7pm artist discussion, recital access to registrants

Hopkins Groups Registration Link

Hailed for her intense, commanding and “deeply expressive” (The New York Times) performances, Jennifer Koh returns to Shriver Hall Concert Series with a solo violin performance prerecorded in New York. Koh, “a masterly Bach interpreter and a champion of contemporary repertory” (The New York Times) juxtaposes two of Bach’s landmark works for solo violin with 12 micro-works that she commissioned in 2020 as part of her Alone Together project, a response to the pandemic and the financial hardship it has placed on many in the arts community. For more info: https://www.shriverconcerts.org/koh#event_overview

CANCELLED: Baltimore Center Stage: A Tale for the Living in a Time of Extinction

Thursday, April 15, 7pm Watch Party followed by discussion

Baltimore’s own Miranda Rose Hall returns to BCS with this darkly comic world premiere play. The Zero Omissions Theater Company desperately wants the audiences of their climate change play to WAKE UP! But when things don’t go as planned, it’s up to their stage manager/light board operator/dramaturg Naomi to find a new way of telling their story. In this interactive, communal experience like no other, the play becomes an awakening about how to be human in an era of man-made extinction. Miranda Rose Hall playwright, and Taibi Magar director. For more info: https://www.centerstage.org/plays-and-events/mainstage/a-play-for-the-living-in-a-time-of-extinction/

Afro Futro: An Afro House Production

Friday, April 16, 7pm Program with performances, discussion, and more

Hopkins Groups Registration

Immerse yourself in Afro House’s alternate dimension, where Disruptive.Music.Culture. awaits you. Once there, you will experience music-driven performance art through animation, film and live performance.

Go even deeper through a talkback after the performance, where you will be invited to ask questions and share your thoughts on the entire experience.

ABOUT AFRO HOUSE: Founded in 2011 by Alisha Patterson and Scott Patterson, Afro House is a Baltimore-based music driven performance art house. The organization is comprised of professional artists whose collective skills, knowledge and craftsmanship are channeled for the creation of art that disrupts normative ideas about human being. Musicians, dancers, designers, actors, image makers and writers push the boundaries of their own discipline so that each art form might effectively bleed into the next, creating something evolutionary. Afro House is grounded in the belief that art can disrupt and transform the human imagination, providing fresh eyes to view both past and present, challenging artist and audience to create a better future. For more info about Afro House: https://www.afrohouse.org/



Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Forgotten Voices

Thursday, Feb. 25, 6pm Watch Party and 7pm Artist Panel

Hopkins Groups Registration

“History only records certain people’s stories,” is a powerful message shared through BSO OrchKids project “Queens Unseen: Royals Without Crowns,” an original composition centered around the suffrage movement and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Forgotten Voices features students, artists, and scholars in the creative process of this project, and Black composers’ voices are elevated with works from the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a contemporary of Mozart; Scott Joplin; Hannah Kendall; and other gifted living composers. This episode seeks to bridge the gap between untold histories and contemporary classical works. Following the Watch Party, participants may engage in conversation and Q&A with BSO Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush and Baltimore-based composer James Lee III.

Program Repertoire
BOLOGNE Symphony in D Major, op. 11, No. 2 (at 01:43)
JOPLIN/T.J. ANDERSON Overture to Treemonisha (at 17:24)
HANNAH KENDALL Verdala (at 36:55)
CARLOS SIMON Elegy: A Cry from the Grave for String Orchestra (at 47:54)
JAMES LEE III Abraham’s Sons (In Memoriam Trayvon Martin) (at 54:03)
Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello


Akua Allrich & The Tribe: A Beautiful Disruption

Saturday, March 20, 8pm Performance followed by discussion

Hopkins Groups Registration

Songs of freedom, love and inspiration of the genius women who have shaped music, including Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Roberta Flack, Abbey Lincoln, Alice Coltrane along with her own originals. Akua Allrich is vocalist beyond measure. A musical treasure with a massive stage personality and vocal style that is fluid and ever evolving, her musical roots run deep into blues, soul, and rhythm and blues, with a clear grounding in jazz and pan-African music. Along with her group, The Tribe, she has received accolades for her annual events honoring the defining female voices of Black music. This performance will be live streamed in incredible high definition with a fourcamera system. For more info: https://www.creativealliance.org/events/2021/akua-allrich-tribe-beautiful-disruption

Baltimore Center Stage: The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls

Sunday, March 21, 5pm Watch Party followed by discussion

Hopkins Groups Registration

Journalist, screenwriter, Emmy nominated producer, and playwright Keli Goff brings this timely world premiere to Baltimore Center Stage. In the tradition of The Vagina Monologues and For Colored Girls…, The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls is a collection of monologues and scenes exploring the complex relationship women have with their hair. From afros to braids, weddings and funerals, falling in love, to grieving a loss, these stories serve as a powerful reminder that for Black women in particular, hair is both deeply personal and political. Perfect for the virtual stage, these intimate stories will take audiences on an unparalleled journey into the world of Black womanhood. Keli Goff, Playwright, and Bianca Laverne Jones, Director. Following the watch party, a post-viewing discussion will occur via zoom. For more info: https://www.centerstage.org/plays-and-events/mainstage/the-glorious-world-of-crowns-kinks-and-curls/


  • All events for Spring 2021 are virtual.
  • Some events are limited to JHU Homewood undergraduates, but are otherwise open. Depending on availability, priority is given to JHU undergraduates.
  • Events at capacity will have a wait list on Hopkins Groups.
  • For students not on Hopkins Groups, please email the director of Homewood Arts if you would like to participate.
  • If you are unable to attend, please adjust your RSVP on Hopkins Groups so others may attend.
  • Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should email the director of Homewood Arts Programs. We ask that requests for accommodation be made at least 7 business days before the event.

Special thanks to the Hopkins Parents Fund for underwriting this amazing opportunity!