The mission of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is to develop engaged citizens with exceptional abilities in the arts.

Welcome to the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, center stage at IU South Bend for Communication Studies, Fine Arts, Music, Integrated New Media Studies, Theatre & Dance. The creative arts are the essential core of civilization, reflecting the heart and soul of communities and individuals. The arts are our heritage and guide our vision of the future. At the Raclin School of the Arts we celebrate with breathtaking performances, spirited conversation, and thought provoking imagery, all born out of our dedication to providing students with a superb arts education.

IU South Bend Alumni Weekend, April 9 - 12

Have you been to campus recently? 

We are welcoming all IU South Bend alumni back to campus for a weekend of April 9-12 engaging performances and exhibitions, and the opportunity to tour our updated facilities. 

In the last five years we have renovated spaces in the Administration Building and Northside Hall, in addition to opening River Crossings Campus Housing and the Education and Arts Building.  Our beautiful campus is growing and we’d like to encourage you to come by, walk the halls, and experience the progress.  While you’re here sightseeing and reminiscing, please enjoy the many activities and discounts noted below.

The progress at IU South Bend will amaze you.

Alumni receive complimentary tickets to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the Music Faculty Recital.  Place your ticket order with Moira Dyczko at 574.520.4561 or  Exhibitions are free and open to the public.  Tickets for the International Food Festival may be purchased at the door.  

Campus Activities

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Enjoy this hilarious Broadway musical chronicling the overachievers’ angst of six adolescents vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

8 pm Thursday, April 9-Saturday, April 11
2 pm Sunday, April 12
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall

Music Faculty Recital

Pianist and cellist

Discover the talent of our full- and part-time music faculty featuring solo and small ensemble collaborations. 

4 pm Saturday, April 11
Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, Northside Hall

BFA Student Exhibition II

Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts

View the capstone exhibition of our graduating fine arts and new media students featuring their finest works.

12-5 pm Thursday, April 9-Sunday, April 12
Art Gallery, Education and Arts Building

Student Exhibition

Reflect on the artwork of our students in a show highlighting the breadth and quality of our programs.

7 am-8 pm Thursday, April 9-Sunday, April 12
Second Floor Chancellor’s Reception Area, Administration Building

International Food Festival

The International Student Organization presents this festival featuring traditional dishes from around the world created by students.

3-6 pm Saturday April 11, $5-$10
University Grill, Administration Building

Community Offers and Events

Show your Alumni Weekend discount ticket to receive the discounts marked with an asterisk (*).  Alumni Weekend discount tickets may be picked up at the Arts Box Office and the Art Gallery when attending performances and exhibitions. 

Inn at Saint Marys

$94/night, place your reservation by phone and mention IUSB Alumni Weekend for the discount. Hot breakfast and 10% discount (food only) to Bistro 933 included.

53993 Indiana State Route 933, South Bend
574.232.4000 //

Wine & Whiskey Reception

St. Joseph County Chapter Alumni Association

Enjoy a sampling of wine, whiskey, and appetizers while catching up with fellow alumni.  Two arts alumni will be recognized for their achievements.

6:30 pm Saturday, April 11
$25, proceeds directed toward scholarships
The Exchange, 112 West Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend
RSVP to Kelly Eberhart
574.520.4383 //

South Bend Cubs Home Opener Weekend

South Bend Cubs logo

7:05 pm Thursday, April 9
7:35 pm Friday, April 10
7:05 pm Saturday, April 11
Four Winds Field
501 West South Street, South Bend
$9-$11, 574.235.9988 

Ciao's Lounge

*25% off bill (food only)
Open 4-10 pm Thursday-Saturday
Lounge open 4 pm to close Thursday-Saturday
119 North Michigan Street, South Bend
Reservations by phone/online (not required)
574.289.2426 //

Hensell’s Oaken Bucket

*10% off bill (food only)
Open Thursday-Saturday 11-12 am
Sunday 12-9 pm
1212 South Ironwood Drive, South Bend

Brew Works

*$5 coupon
Open Thursday 11 am-10 pm
Friday 11 am-midnight //Saturday noon-midnight  Sunday 10 am-8 pm
216 South Michigan Street, South Bend
574334.0356 //


*20% off bill (food only)
Open Thursday 11 am-10 pm
Friday 11 am-11 pm // Saturday noon-11 pm  Sunday noon-9 pm
123 West Washington Street, South Bend
574.289.2222 //

The 2015 IU South Bend alumni weekend is supported by a grant from the South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

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Contribute to the Seat Campaign

Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance hallBecause of the vision of Louise E. Addicott, the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend opened the newly renovated Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall in the spring of 2014.  The IU South Bend Arts Foundation has developed a unique opportunity for you to contribute to this project. A gift of $500 will be recognized with the name of the donor or someone they want to honor engraved on a brass plate on the back of any of the seats in the first three rows. A gift of $275 will be recognized with a plate on a seat in the remaining eight rows. Learn more about the renovation project and how you can contribute.