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. Connect//Collaborate//Create

IU South Bend Choirs Present Fundraising Concert for Carnegie Hall Trip

The choirs of IU South Bend will come together to present a fundraising concert on campus with the goal of a Carnegie Hall performance in mind. The fundraising concert, entitled “American Made: Songs of the American Experience” will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 18 in the Campus Auditorium.

The IU South Bend choirs have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 8, 2016 by African American composer Jacqueline Hairston.  The concert will feature Hairston’s compositions and serve as the debut performance of the IU South Bend choirs at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

The fundraising concert, “American Made,” includes the IU South Bend Chorale and Chamber Choir under the direction of James Bowyer, and the South Bend Symphonic Choir under the direction of Marvin Curtis. The concert will highlight works by American composers, including three from the Raclin School of the Arts: James Bowyer, Julius C. Miller, and Marvin Curtis. 

All gifts received by November 9 will be acknowledged in the November 18 concert program. If you are interested in supporting this extraordinary opportunity please contact dean of the Raclin School of the Arts, Marvin Curtis at 574.520.4390 or

See Europe as part of the 2016 drawing and sculpture program

Drawing, sculpture tripThe beautiful scenery of Florence is calling your name.

A group of 10-15 students are going to participate in a drawing and sculpture class taught by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella.

Students will study the masterpieces of the Renaissance directly and capture the city in their sketchbooks from May 19- June 17.

For more information please contact either Lisa Zwicker, director of international programs, at 574.520.4231 or Natella at 574.520.4895, or visit our Facebook page for a copy of the program brochure.

Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts students are encouraged to apply, but any IU South Bend student may register for the trip.

Contribute to the Seat Campaign

Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance hall

Because 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.

For hiring information for the Raclin School of the Arts and all of IU South Bend please click here

We are currently seeking two or more adjunct voice instructors.