Arts & Engagement

Arts & Engagement

Spring 2022 Community & Cultural Events

Bridgewater State University Senior College

BSU Senior College
Lifelong Learning for Curious Adults
Bridgewater State University’s Senior College offers intellectually stimulating courses for mature learners (50-plus). Our six-week courses foster creativity, self-discovery, and peer education. Courses led by BSU emeritus faculty, full- and part-time faculty and other distinguished educators in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. More details available at



Bridgewater Community Dance Series*
Fridays 7 - 9 pm, Saturdays 2 - 4 pm
Bridgewater Senior Center 10 Wally Krueger Way Bridgewater, MA
$5 per person per evening

January 8 AND 21
February 5 AND 18
March 5
April 1, 16 AND 29
May 7 AND 27
June 4 AND 17

The Bridgewater Community Dance Series, featuring a mix of international folk dance New England squares and contras, mixers and line dances, is now in its 11th season. The dances are suitable for ages 10 and up, no prior experience is required, and all dances are taught.

*Saturday dances may be outdoors, weather permitting. Indoor dancing will require masks, and it is expected that all participants are vaccinated.

APR 27

One Book One Community
A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: Virtual Author Talk with Lev Golinkin

"A community that opens the same book together closes it in greater harmony"
7 pm
Free and open to the public.

This poignant and often humorous memoir follows the Golinkin family as they plan their escape from the last grips of the Soviet Union in the Ukraine persecution in 1990. As we follow the family’s grit and gumption, they traverse the dangerous territory to freedom with a vague promise of help awaiting them in Vienna. A range of emotions are encountered as the family makes their way to the border and beyond. Lev Golinkin does a fine job of engagement as he brings us along on this journey, with a bear, backpacks, and, what we all would certainly pack, eight cases of vodka! Come and join this incredible trip to freedom.

Golinkin was born in the Ukraine and arrived with his Soviet Jewish family in New York City. The family traveled first to Rochester, New York before locating in New Jersey. The book has a fascinating origin at Boston College after a conversation with a professor. Golinkin was asked the question, “Why is a Jewish kid hiding in a Catholic School?”

Please visit the Maxwell Library MaxGuide for the link to the upcoming virtual author talk.

APR 27

The Bridge Literary Journal Reception
Maxwell Library, Heritage Room, 10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater, MA
3 - 5 pm

The Bridge literary journal will unveil Volume 19, with a reception, exhibit and reading. The newest volume of The Bridge will be free and available at this event.

The Bridge is a student journal of fine arts and literature.

The Bridge publishes the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art by current undergraduate and graduate students at Bridgewater State University, as well as work by alumni.


7th Annual MARC Field Day
University Park, Bridgewater, MA
12 - 3 pm

Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) is holding its 7th Annual Field Day in University Park. Come and enjoy the fun-filled day and promote awareness about bullying and cyber-bullying prevention in Massachusetts.

Many outdoor activities will be available for ALL ages.* Activities have included: bouncy house and obstacle course, lawn games, tie dyeing, face painting, edible treats and therapy dogs. Plus a silent auction of items including gift baskets, movie tickets, gift cards and more!

All proceeds to benefit MARC and its effort to improve school climate in Massachusetts and beyond.

Tickets sold the day of the event.
*COVID restrictions may apply



Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Exhibit
Rondileau Student Union, 19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA
March 14-18, 2022

Please join us during International Women’s Month as we bring awareness to the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The disembodied red dresses are symbols for these missing women, and the posters will provide more information. This display will be ongoing, and other events will be on campus during the week, including the poster contest for BSU students. Sponsored by Ethnic and Indigenous Studies, American Studies, Canadian Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.

MAR 16

Film and Discussion
Wind River

Maxwell Libary Heritage Room, 10 Shaw Road Bridgewater, MA
5 - 8 pm

Join us to view and discuss the film Wind River which tells one story about the plight of Indigenous Women.

APR 14

The Annual Seamus Heaney Literary Spraoi
“The Digger and the Dowser: Seamus Heaney, Louis MacNeice, and the Invention of Northern Irish Poetry”

A lecture by Dr. Anna Teekell, Christopher Newport University
Maxwell Libary Heritage Room, 10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater, MA
12:30 pm

This talk explores the way that Seamus Heaney, like other Northern Irish poets of his generation, marshaled the influence of the Belfast-born poet Louis MacNeice to deliberately craft a unique Northern Irish poetic identity that would not be classed as either British or Irish. In tracing the moves by which Heaney deliberately marshaled MacNeice’s legacy to create his own, this talk will offer a reading of MacNeice’s intellectual and technical influences on Heaney’s poems of the 1960s and 70s.


APR 27

Music of Remembrance:
A Concert for Holocaust Memorial Day
Featuring Dr. Deborah Nemko, pianist and professor of music
Boyden Hall - Horace Mann Auditorium
12:30 pm
Free and open to the public.

On April 27 Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, Dr. Deborah Nemko, Fulbright Scholar and concert pianist presents a powerful concert of largely unknown music that was suppressed by the Nazis while many of the composers themselves were murdered. Despite the difficult circumstances, the music is often light and jazz influenced, reflecting the optimism of people who hoped for better times.

BSU Ensembles

Free and open to the public.


Bridgewater State University Wind Ensemble
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium, 19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA
8 pm

APR 19

Bridgewater State University Jazz Band
Boyden Hall, Horace Mann Auditorium, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA
8 pm

APR 22

BSU Chorale
Boyden Hall, Horace Mann Auditorium, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA
7:30 pm

APR 26

BSU World Music Ensemble
Boyden Hall, Horace Mann Auditorium, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA
8 pm

APR 28

BSU West African Drumming Ensemble
Boyden Hall, Horace Mann Auditorium, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA
8 pm

APR 29

BSU Pop Vocal Ensemble
Boyden Hall, Horace Mann Auditorium, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA
7 pm

Plymouth Philharmonic

The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional orchestral ensemble located within the Plymouth Bay Cultural District, presents a wide range of live music and educational programs to people of all ages and backgrounds on the South Shore of Massachusetts.

More details and tickets are available on

JAN 29

Two Worlds, One Land
Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth, MA
7:30 pm

In a program that honors the living story of the Wampanoag Nation who live among us and upon whose land the town of Plymouth resides, the Phil performs two pieces of new music co-commissioned with the Cape Cod Symphony.

FEB 19

Sons of Serendip Benefit Concert
Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth, MA
7 pm

Back by popular demand, Sons of Serendip return to Plymouth for another evening of fabulous music to benefit the Phil! While the Phil will not be performing, the Phil benefits 100% of ticket sales.


The Sound & the Fury: Music & Mother Nature
Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth, MA
3 pm

Pack your rain boots for an adventurous weather-related one-hour afternoon symphonic Phil concert that’s perfect for all, come rain or shine! WCVB-Channel 5 Meteorologist Mike Wankum forecasts a wild afternoon of short bursts of fun, a mix of calm and exuberance, and a downpour of music inspired by nature and weather.


Plymouth North High School, Performing Arts Center, 41 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA
March 26 - 7:30 pm, March 27 - 3 pm

Happy Birthday, Beethoven! Fast forward 250+ years, and his music still connects us to ourselves and each other.

APR 30

Mysteries of the Heart
Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth, MA
7:30 pm

Join us for an array of meaningful musical reflections: beautiful and playful, yet serious and thoughtful.


Jeans 'n Classics: Music of Billy Joel
Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth, MA
May 21 - 7:30 pm, May 22 - 3 pm

Bring your shades and dancing shoes for a Spring Pops finale bursting with Grammy winning music and a whole lot of energy!

The Phil joins forces with world-class vocalists for two shows featuring the music of Billy Joel!

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra (BrSO)

2021-2022 Season  
Seating is Limited ~ Reserve tickets early!

The Brockton Symphony is excited to continue its 2021-2022 season with a perennial Chamber Concert in January, and two full symphonic concerts in March and April.

The schedule is subject to change. Please check the BrSO website at for updates and ticket information.

JAN 30

Chamber Music for the New Year Concert
Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street, Brockton, MA
3 pm

Meet more of our seasoned orchestral players in this intimate setting of delightful small ensemble works, where each instrument provides a unique color and sound, creating a kaleidoscope of constantly changing colors and textures.


All-American Concert  with Soloist Robert Finley, Piano
Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street, Brockton, MA
3 pm

We are thrilled to have you join us for our first full orchestra concert since March 2020, conducted by Dr. Donald Running. This concert of American favorites features pianist Robert Finley performing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," alongside Adolphus Hailstork's "Three Spirituals," symphonic works by Copland, Bernstein and much more.

APR 24

The Blossoms of Springtime Concert with Soloist Meihui An, Piano
Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street, Brockton, MA
3 pm

Our spirited season finale features our 2019 Vasconcellos Youth Competition co-winner, Meihui An, performing the dramatic "Piano Concerto" in A minor by Edvard Grieg. Join the Symphony for this springtime spree!



Blood at the Root
BSU student repertory theater
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium, 19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA

February 23, 24, 25, 26 AND 27

A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Detroit '67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life.

BSU theater tickets are available for purchase at


Sensitive Guys
BSU student repertory theater
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium, 19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA

February 23, 24, 25, 26 AND 27

Will is a freshman at Watson college. Jordan is a senior film major. Tyler is writing a novel for his thesis. They are all members of the Men’s Peer Education group. At meetings they spend hours unpacking questions like: “what is male privilege? And what can we do about it?” They love each other and the group. Until some accusatory posters start appearing around campus suggesting that a member of the group committed sexual assault. Could it be that even sensitive guys, guys working on their privilege sometimes turn violent or aggressive? In this play, women and gender non-conforming people play men trying to understand the intricacies of masculinity and violence.

BSU theater tickets are available for purchase at


Dance Kaleidoscope 2022
BSU dance
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium, 19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA


Advanced student choreographers stage pieces celebrating art, life, and the body! This dance concert promises to close out our semester with a brilliant display of compelling solos, intricate small groups, and powerful ensembles moving across the stage in a spectacular celebration of art and life.

BSU dance tickets are available for purchase at


Godspell (the musical)
BSU theater
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium, 19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA

APRIL 22, 23 AND 24
APRIL 28, 29 AND 30

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Book by John-Michael Tebelak
Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew and featuring music & lyrics by three-time Grammy & Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz with a book by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell follows Jesus Christ and his apostles as they teach fables and parables through song, games, and humorous stories. With chart-topping songs like “Day by Day” and “By My Side,” Godspell is a heavenly musical promising laughs, joyful music and inspiration.

BSU theater tickets are available for purchase at


Spitfire Grill (the musical)
First Parish Players
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School Street, Bridgewater, MA
Subject matter of sexual abuse is present in the show and may not be suitable for kids 5 and under.

MAY 19, 20 AND 21 AT 7 pm
MAY 22 AT 3 pm

Join us as we follow Percy Talbot, a young woman just released from prison, who finds herself in Gilead, Wisconsin to start a new life at the Spitfire Grill. This is a story of reawakening for both Percy and the town of Gilead, and how second chances lead to new beginnings.

$20 for General Admission
$15 for Seniors & Military
$10 for kids 12 and under
Purchase tickets beginning March 2022 at



Danielle Coenen
November 2021 – March 2022

Danielle Coenen is a Boston-based painter who creates portraits characterized by saturated palettes and the merging of realism with expressive abstraction. Her deep interest in psychology drives her love for portraiture, with her style evolving from a long accumulation of influences including graffiti, surrealism, and abstract expressionism.

Learn more at
Free and open to the public.


Donald Stoltenberg
Curated by Mollie Rose Burk, BSU Art Major

Maxwell Library, 3rd Floor, 10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater, MA

The selected works in this exhibition come from a recent donation by Roger Dunn, professor emeritus who was a close friend to this Boston-based artist. Stoltenberg’s focus was primarily on man-made structures using a combination of sharp geometric features anchored by shafts of atmospheric illumination and bright color palettes.

Learn more at
Free and open to the public.


Unrecognized and Still Swinging: Women’s Athletics, 1890s -1972

January 31 – March 31
Reception Opening: February 3, 4 - 6 pm
Maxwell Library 2nd and 3rd floors, 10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater, MA

From Bloomer Girls to professional baseball players, the history of women in sports before the landmark 1972 Title IX ruling 50 years ago has largely been left out of history and forgotten. Despite societal pressures to maintain their femininity at all costs, women athletes competed at high levels in numerous sports. From local to national, this exhibit highlights the forgotten history of women athletes and their struggles which are still being fought today.

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Free and open to the public.

FEB 17

Freedom to Move: The History and Evolution of fashion in Women's Athletics from the 1800s to today
Presenters: Dr. Sarah Wiggins (BSU Department of History) and Dr. Maura Rosenthal (BSU Department of Health and Kinesiology)

Heritage Room, Maxwell Library, 10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater, MA
6 - 7 pm

From dresses to bloomers to high-tech modern synthetic fabrics, the history of women’s clothing worn for athletics has pitted progress in movement against cultural norms since the 19th century. This talk will focus on the history and cultural perspective of women’s fashion in society and athletics from the 1800s to the present.  

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Free and open to the public.


Stephen Smalley
Henricus VIII & Selections from four decades

Bridgewater State University, Wallace L. Anderson Gallery, 40 School Street, Bridgewater, MA
Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm (Closed Holidays)
Handicap Accessible

This exhibition is centered on the ongoing exploration of Henry VIII in enigmatic and improbable attire. Further works are selections from the 1970s that feature themes such as baseball, beach cultures, rock & roll, the cinema, coastal Maine, as well as imagery from Ancient Rome & Greece.

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Free and open to the public.


58th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Maxwell Library, 10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater, MA
April 8 - May 2
Artists' Reception: April 21, 4:30 - 7 pm

Visit Bridgewater State University’s Maxwell Library for a collectively-curated display featuring the work by BSU’s top student-artists.

Learn more at
Free and open to the public.