Urban Arts & Culture
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 18 members of the Class of 2025 travel to Columbus, OH with 6 faculty, staff, and student leaders. Participants will work with local artists in 3-4 hour workshops that include dance, art, music, and theatre. Some time is also spent touring museums, public art, and the city.
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.
Arriving on Friday, August 20, you will move into your dorm room and have time to get to know other trip participants. On Saturday, August 21, you will spend time preparing for the trip and will travel by bus to Columbus. You will return to campus on Tuesday, August 24. August Orientation begins Thursday, August 26.
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. Denison-Columbus Alliance Scholars and students with significant financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid who are accepted in the program will have their fees waived.
You will move into your fall residence hall 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.