Denison Experience in Urban Culture & Expression

Denison Experience in Urban Culture and Expression (DEUCE) explores the vibrant urban arts culture that only a big city can generate.

DEUCE enables 24 entering First-Year Students, along with two faculty members and three Student Staffers a day of getting to know one another. The group will travel to Philadelphia where they will meet with visual and performance artists to talk about the role the arts play in social change. Muralists, hip-hop artists and street musicians all enrich the more traditional arts establishment, and will work with students as they create their own artistic responses to the experience.

As far as previous training goes, we're much more interested in a willing spirit and creative mind than a portfolio or history of art classes. No previous experience in the arts required!

Join DEUCE this fall! Please complete the application. The deadline is June 2, 2014.

Who Should Apply?

  • Students who are energized by the energy of city-life.
  • Students who are into art, or dance, or music, or theater - classical or the cutting edge.
  • Students who are interested in multicultural experiences.
  • Students who think about how the arts capture our experience, and change it.
  • Students who are interested in getting to know other students who share these same interests.


Participants will arrive on campus about 10 days before classes begin and move into their regular fall housing. After a day of on-campus preparation, the group will depart for Philadelphia. A long weekend will be spent traveling around the city in groups to attend performances, visit studios, observe art as it is made and consumed. The remaining time will be spent working individually and collaboratively with other students and the staff on projects of your own.

While some activities will engage the full group, others will be undertaken as small groups led by faculty-student teams. You'll return to campus in time to begin August Orientation with the rest of your class. Housing and meals will be provided upon your arrival on campus.


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

What Do I Need to Bring?

Any special supplies that we'll need for the trip will be provided. Participants will be sent a packing list during the summer, which will include basic travel items.  Most meals are included, but we ask that you bring an extra $40 to help cover the cost of your meals.