Art Orientation

Urban Arts & Culture

Denison Art Orientation
Denison Art Orientation

Denison Art Orientation (DAO) explores the vibrant urban arts culture that only a big city can generate.

Denison Art Orientation (DAO) is a 4-day trip where up to 24 members of the Class of 2021 travel to Philadelphia, PA with 5 faculty, staff, and student leaders. Participants will work with local artists in 3-4 hour workshops that include self-portrait printmaking, clay handbuilding, African dance, performing in a theatrical setting, and more. Some time is also spent touring museums, the city’s murals, and other Philadelphia landmarks.

DAO is not just for art/theatre/dance/music people. Students who are energized by city life, interested in multicultural experiences, or like to think about how art can capture or change our experiences can have a great time on this pre-orientation. No previous experience in the arts is necessary.

Join DAO this fall! Please complete the application. The deadline is May 15, 2017.

The Schedule

Arriving on Thursday, August 17th you will move into your dorm room and have time to get to know other trip participants. On the morning of Friday, August 18th, you will travel by bus to Philadelphia, PA. You will return to campus Tuesday, August 22nd and August Orientation will begin Thursday, August 24th.

What Do I Need to Bring?

Participants will be sent a packing list with their acceptance packet in the summer. Most meals are included, but we ask that you bring an additional $50-$100 to help cover the cost of some meals and/or shopping. The trip includes considerable city walking; comfortable walking shoes are required.


The cost of the DAO is $300. Pell Grant recipients who are accepted in the program may have their fees waived.

Additional Details

You will move into your fall dorm assignments upon arriving on campus. Athletes in some fall sports might not be able to participate in DAO because of early practices. Check with your coach and be sure to check your email over the summer for forms to complete and additional information.