Student Arts Orgs

Students express their creativity outside the classroom through dozens of student-run groups.


The Accidentals is a women's a cappella group that requires a love of singing and a sense of fun. We perform one major concert each term and are often invited to sing at other events during the year. Auditions are held in the fall and throughout the year as necessary.

Carleton Anime Society

The Carleton Anime Society exists to increase awareness of Japanese animation as an art form. In our attempt to make the wide variety of Japanese animation and other animation accessible, we strive to promote opportunities to experience and appreciate this phenomenon.

Carleton Art Society

The Carleton Art Society is a fun organization that places an emphasis on studio art activities. People of all levels are welcome whether they are experienced art majors or have never drawn anything in their life. Meetings will include activities such as scenery paintings, group artworks, and experimentation with different mediums.

Carleton Ballroom Dance Team

The Carleton Ballroom Dance Team is dedicated to improving the more technical points of ballroom and latin dancing. We also compete in dance competitions across the upper midwest. We meet for regular practices on the weekends with optional other practices throughout the week. No prior experience is required to join.

Carleton Documentary Club

The CDC is a club for students interested in watching documentaries about historical events, people, and controversial issues. We discuss these issues in a respectful environment that is open to all viewpoints. Prior experience watching documentaries is not required.

Carleton Folkdancers

Dance, dance, dance! Enjoy the finest in peasant diversions and come and dance with us. We are an international folk dance group doing dances from the US, England, Eastern Europe, Israel, and all points east. No experience or coordination required!

Carleton Graphic

The Carleton Graphic provides a fun and open space for Carleton students to display their artistic and literary talents through the publication of a comics anthology once a term.

Carleton Handbell Ensemble

The Carleton Handbell Ensemble is a group of musicians enthusiastic about playing handbells. We welcome everyone in the Carleton community to join, whether or not they have previous handbell experience. At our weekly rehearsals, we practice music from a variety of genres, including classical, Broadway, and popular music. Throughout the year, we perform at chapel services, about once per term, and we put together a full concert every winter and spring.

Carleton Juggling F.I.S.H.

F.I.S.H. is devoted to developing the art of thumbing one's nose at gravity. All skill levels are welcome. Come explore all aspects of the art as well as contribute to new performance pieces focused on advanced technical juggling, movement, and maybe even some theater. Opportunities for performance, community service, and fun abound.

Carleton LFG

Carleton LFG (Looking for Gamers) informally organizes gamers on campus. We host periodic gaming tournaments and coordinate gamers who want to find a gaming partner on campus. We hope to organize a team for Extra Life (a 24-hour charity gaming live-stream that happens each fall). More info on Extra Life can be found here:

Carleton League of Independent Filmmakers

The Carleton League of Independent Filmmakers provides students access to necessary materials for independent film production. It also aims to support aspiring independent filmmakers by putting them in contact with other interested parties who can help them with their projects, thereby fostering the collaborative aspect of film production here at Carleton.

Carleton Players

Carleton Players is dedicated to producing and supporting drama at Carleton. Its primary purpose is assisting in the production of Players shows, but its functions extend to the support of other activities. These include sponsoring workshops pertaining to acting or technical theater, trips to off-campus theatrical productions, and other activities related to theater. Carleton Players produces three faculty-directed plays per year.

Carleton Role Playing Association

The Carleton Role Playing Association is a group dedicated to the promotion and active encouragement of role-playing games (RPGs) and role-playing activities at Carleton College. Our goal is to synthesize the creative, artistic, and technical skills of the RPG players and storytellers of all types on our campus to build an open, kindhearted, and safe community in which people can experiment with storytelling and mechanics, pick up an RPG for the first time, and have epic adventures with fantastic friends and characters. We hope to encourage creativity in all of our members, and increase participation within the umbrella hobby of Role Playing Games with unique gaming opportunities such as the CRPG and ERPL, and a cohesive effort to make campaign opportunities available to everyone interested. We currently run games in Pathfinder, Dungeons and Dragons(4th + 5th ed.), Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Tavern Tales, FateCore, and Dark Heresy, and love learning new systems. CRPA is also in charge of the Experimental Role Playing Laboratory (ERPL), which is an event consisting of several one-shot sessions of roleplaying games. They can come from established systems, like D&D, Shadowrun, or Warhammer, or from brand new systems and brand new worlds created by ambitious gamers. It is the perfect opportunity to play in a game if you’ve never done so before, test a new world or system you’ve been perfecting, or simply enjoy playing without committing to a larger, more regular campaign. CRPA is also in charge of a new project called the CRPG, or Carleton Role Playing Game, which hopes to join gaming groups into a massive, inclusive role-playing endeavor occurring over the course of the year in a shared world.

Carleton Rugcutters

The Rugcutters bring Lindy Hop dancing and culture to the Carleton community by offering lessons, workshops, weekly Monday night dances, and excursions up to the Cities and beyond.

Carleton Singing Knights

Carleton's oldest a cappella group and only all-masculine-identifying group. We're a group of between 8 and 12 friends who sing songs — with genres ranging from traditional to R&B to pop rock — and give concerts at Carleton and other locales throughout Minnesota. We practice three days a week at Dacie's House and have a blast hanging out with each other!

The Cave

The Cave strives to provide a space for Carleton students to socialize, study, and enjoy entertainment on campus. Whether as a coffee house, special event, or a venue for on campus or off campus bands, the Cave's versatility makes it a place where any student can find something to enjoy.


Carleton's oldest comedic troupe, specializing in short and long form improv. Originally, Carleton's answer to Whose Line. The word "Cujokra" comes from a sketch in the sand discovered by the group's founding members in 1987.


The purpose of DIY (Do It Yourself) is to bring together students with a common interest in crafting, building, repurposing, and other hand-made projects. Activities include fiber arts, paper arts, sewing, jewelry making, clothing alteration, screen printing, and more. When possible, emphasis will be placed on using recycled materials. The hope is to establish an organized setting for students of any skill level to learn and work on projects alongside each other. We are also interested in organizing community activities with Northfield kids and discussing interesting current art developments. Overall, DIY will provide a creative outlet for students.

Digital Art Interest Organization

The Digital Art Interest Organization is a group that seeks to cultivate an atmosphere of education, appreciation and collaboration surrounding digital art media. The primary function of the club will be the facilitation of group and individual projects that the club members will propose and workshops where volunteers can hold lessons about specific software.

Exit 69

Exit 69 is a co-ed a cappella vocal group which performs original arrangements of selections from a variety of musical styles. A sense of humor, creativity and a willingness to be daring are essential for participating in this group. Exit 69 performs throughout the Northfield community and in the Twin Cities area.

Experimental Dance Board

The primary purpose of EDB is to provide a rigorous but inclusive outlet for student-choreographed works of dance. EDB is totally student-run and produces a dance showcase each term for public viewing. EDB also works to provide further dance opportunities for dancers of all levels on campus.

Experimental Theater Board

The Experimental Theater Board funds student-directed, produced, and designed theater. It is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to be involved and learn more about theater and the arts by taking part in an all student-run show. We encourage people with any or no experience to participate.


Firebellies is Carleton's Culinary Arts Club! We aim to promote understanding of different cultures and backgrounds, international and national, socioeconomic and ethnic, through the universal language of food.

Flash Mobsters A Cappella

Flash Mobsters A Cappella is an a cappella group focused on spontaneous performances of songs from a varying array of genres and styles. Our goal is to lighten the hearts of those around us by providing a brief, fun, and musical break from the stress of the world (and college)!

Folk Music Society

The Folk Music Society exists to promote local interest in folk music by sponsoring performances and participation events throughout the year and to act as a resource and contact point for performances and listeners. The primary activity run by Folk Music Society is Pickin' 'n' Grinnin', a weekly meeting where members and visitors gather to sing and drink tea or hot chocolate.

Honking Knights (Pep Band)

The Carleton Pep Band serves to provide a student-led band to play at Carleton Football and Basketball home sporting events. We will bring Carleton spirit as well as a place for musicians of any skill level to play a variety of Pop and Jazz tunes from across the decades. Our practices will focus on optimizing music for performances at games.

INKLINGS Calligraphy Club

The Inklings Calligraphy Club exists to honor and celebrate the art of writing. Using environmentally sustainable practices to connect cultures and communities under a single common goal, it aims to provide students with both the skills and tools necessary to not only take beautiful notes, but to write in a way that empowers them.

Intertwining Melodies

Intertwining Melodies is a co-ed a capella group that was founded to bring a unique and different sound to Carleton's a capella scene. We sing primarily R&B and hip-hop, although we do not limit ourselves to a specific genre.

Jazz & Contemporary Dance Company (JCO)

I. Our Vision A. To form a dance company focused on exploring and performing jazz and contemporary dance B. To provide an opportunity to students, with trained dance experience, to collaborate creatively in an atmosphere similar to that of a professional dance company C. To challenge dancers with physically rigorous choreography D. To encourage dancers to explore personal and group choreography processes, providing an opportunity for dancers to choreograph and perform their pieces E. We aim to perform our body of work on-campus and eventually move towards presenting our choreography at statewide dance competitions

Just Cellin' (Carleton Cello Choir)

Just Cellin’ is an all-cello ensemble, comprised of Carleton student musicians. As a group, we play a variety of arrangements of both classical pieces and popular songs. We are open to perform at different events at Carleton, including—but not limited to—“open mic” concerts at Sayles and an end-of-term performance. Our purposes are to encourage fellowship between people of similar interests and talents and, most importantly, to share the gift of music with the student body. We, as both an ensemble and part of the student populace ourselves, believe that music has the ability to create an environment of both comfort and cheer, a source of relief from the rigors of Carleton’s prestigious learning environment. Also, cellos are, quite simply, awesome.

KRLX 88.1 FM

KRLX is Carleton College's very own student run FM radio station sitting at 88.1 on the radio dial. We provide interested Carleton College students with the opportunity to learn how to operate broadcast equipment and the necessary skills to execute quality radio. Our operational goal is to provide quality and professional radio entertainment and information to our Northfield and Internet audience, including new music, news, sporting events, and campus concerts and functions.

KRUSH Dance Crew

KRUSH Dance Crew (abbrev. KRUSH) is a dance group that produces creative dance videos of various genres of dances. We welcome dancers from all dance levels to produce dance covers and original choreography of all kinds, including K-pop, urban, modern, and beyond. We primarily showcase our works through our Youtube channel. Subscribe to our Youtube channel (search "KRUSH Dance Crew") and Facebook page (@KRUSHCRLTN) to watch our previous works!


Karl-Pop is a K-pop (Korean pop music) dance group at Carleton. Members choose their favorite K-pop songs, learn the choreography, practice, and perform at school-wide events including K-pop Night, Lunar New Year Festival, International Festival, and their own showcases. Karl-Pop aims to be inclusive and welcomes every and any dancer regardless of ability or familiarity with K-pop.


The Knightingales are an all-female a cappella group, the second oldest on campus after the Carleton Singing Knights. There are typically ten members with representatives from all class grades, who share a range of interests and are involved on campus in everything from frisbee to mock trial. Their music covers many genres, including spirituals and traditional songs and the work of contemporary artists such as Lykke Li and Frank Ocean. Practices are held regularly three times a week, and performances at least once at the end of every term.

Knights Watch

To bring the Game of Thrones fans here in the Carleton community together for the enjoyment of GoT lore, fantasy, and narrative development throughout its storyline in various mediums. The club will focus on book discussions and comparison with the show. Various games and interactive activities related to game of thrones will also be considered depending on overall interest from members.

Knitting Club

Knitting club provides a space for people who love to knit or want to learn to get together and collaborate with and learn from other like-minded Carleton knitters. We will host regular knitting circles where people can work on individual projects as well as workshops where beginners can learn to knit and more advanced knitters can learn specific skills.

Late Night Trivia

For the past 20 years, Late Night Trivia has been Carleton's wildest night of quiz debauchery. Broadcast over KRLX on the first reading day of Winter Term, groups scramble to identify obscure songs, answer complex questions, and complete absurd tasks as delegated, all while attempting to appease the LNT Gods. Legendary prizes and a chance to sign the LNT trophy make it a night to remember.

Lenny Dee Players

Lenny Dee Players is Carleton's premiere sketch comedy group on Carleton's campus. After we hold auditions in the fall, we write, edit, direct, and perform an hour-long show each term in Little Nourse Theater. The purpose of our group is to provide students with an outlet to write, perform, and enjoy sketch comedy, allowing non-members of Dee to view our work three times a term. Lenny Dee brings the funny.

The Lens

The Lens is a nationally distributed magazine featuring high quality interdisciplinary writing. Our target audience is students and faculty at the undergraduate level. Similar publications in terms of content and design include The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. We plan to distribute two issues during the school year. Typical articles are three to four pages in length double-spaced and emphasize analysis and/or research. We look to investigate national issues as well as explore problems and insights that are specific to the Carleton community. Articles in The Lens attempt to burst the “Carleton bubble,” connecting our campus to the outside world.' The Lens fills a specific need on campus and does not intended to compete with The Carletonian or other campus publications. To our knowledge, there does not exist another nationally distributed undergraduate magazine of politics and culture. Our bi-yearly publication also allows for a long, focused editorial process, giving writers, editors and designers the opportunity to plunge in-depth into long form journalism. This kind of editing and writing is unique for Carleton publications and we believe that Carleton students want to read and produce it.

Magic: The Gathering Club

The goals of the Carleton Magic:The Gathering Club are both to introduce new players to the game of Magic, as well as provide an organized environment for players to find games. The club will host learning sessions, drafts and other tournaments intended to be accommodating to both new players and experienced ones. There will also be a competitive team that will travel and compete at large magic tournaments Public or loaner cards may be available for players with none of their own to play with.


The Manuscript is Carleton's student-run literary and art journal; our purpose is to provide a platform for student writers and artists to share their work, and to allow the Carleton community a glimpse of their peers’ creations. We accept submissions of just about any kind of writing and two-dimensional artwork (poetry, fiction, essays, photographs, paintings, drawings, photos of multimedia work, etc.).

Mosaic of South Asian Interests at Carleton

MOSAIC seeks to nurture a South Asian society on campus. In addition to regular community activities such as movie screenings and celebrations of festivals, we explore contemporary political, cultural, and social issues of South Asia. We make a conscious effort to integrate educational values to our events, to inform Carleton students on modern South Asian culture, values and problems.

No Fidelity

No Fidelity is Carleton's first and foremost music (culture?) zine, founded in Spring of 2014. Published each term, NoFi features student content in the form of prose, poetry, photography, illustration, etc. We cover both local and global music with a special emphasis on writing from a personal perspective. Along with KRLX and The Cave, NoFi helps Carls spread their musical selves about campus. We always welcome contributors to write, illustrate, and format our zine.

Queens of Comedy

The Queens are the best and only stand-up comedy group at Carleton, and are the only organization at Carleton to be "Certified Fresh" by Rotten Tomatoes. Weekly meetings provide support in developing new stand-up material but mostly involve quibbling about show titles. The group performs two entirely new shows every term, and goes to Applebee's semi-regularly. We also sometimes host open mics for Carleton to try out their funny stuff. Past alumni include Lucille Ball, Greta Gerwig, and Chet. Try-outs are held in the Fall. Fall-outs are held in the Spring.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Alliance

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Alliance promotes the appreciation of speculative fiction in its many forms. We meet weekly to watch classic and current sci-fi and fantasy television shows and have many other events throughout the year. We also maintain a large collection of books in our lending library. Any member of the CSA is permitted to check out these materials. Our library and most of our events are located in Benton House (on the corner of 2nd and Winona).

Social Dance Club

The Social Dance Club provides students a space to learn and practice dances like the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Hustle, Cha Cha, and Rumba. Weekly meetings are fun and informal, welcoming dancers of all skill levels. We incorporate fresh dance opportunities into our schedule as well, such as by hosting out-of-town professionals for workshops and by introducing students to off-campus social dancing. Overall, SDC seeks to create a welcoming space for all Carleton students to learn and enjoy dance!

Student Band Union

The purpose of the Student Band Union is to provide, maintain, and monitor the student-owned equipment that student bands may use for practice and playing local shows. This equipment includes amplifiers, cords, mics, a drum kit, and an electric keyboard. The president of the SBU is responsible for keeping the group organized and aware of how the group should function. Membership is comprised of student musicians, and there is an online scheduled sign up system to ensure equal access to the equipment and practice space. This equipment is often used for the various concerts at Carleton, such as those at the Cave, Battle of the Bands, and Spring Concert. SBU members are responsible for ensuring that equipment returns undamaged, and will account for any mishandling.

Student Musical Theatre

Student Musical Theatre is dedicated to producing high quality musicals. Our plays are student directed, choreographed, conducted; we rehearse singers, build sets, etc. We produce two musicals a year; usually a smaller musical in the fall, a larger production in the spring, and sometimes a Spring Musical Revue. The organization combines the talents of students from departments and other extracurricular programs that span the disciplines of theater, music, dance, and the visual arts.

Student Union Movie Organization

SUMO provides top of the line cinematic entertainment to the Carleton community every weekend. Movies run Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 & 11:00 PM (unless posted otherwise). For more information about SUMO, visit us at our website.

Students Interested in Performing Arts

The purpose of this group is to bring students interested in performing arts together and serve as an agent that allows students to experience performing arts in the Twin Cities. Programming to be introduced: Weekly meetings to discuss new and cool performing arts such as music, dance, theater and comedy; Trips to the Twin Cities to see live performances!

Synchrony II

The purpose of Synchrony II is to offer all interested students (regardless of previous dance experience) an opportunity to express themselves through dance, choreography, and dance production. Members have the chance to participate in weekly group rehearsals and in large-scale performances, as well as share their dance and production experience with the local community.


The purpose of the organization is to teach, learn and perform South Asian dance styles. This is a dance group, that will choreograph and arrange its own dance performances.

Technical Theater Team

TTT assists with all technical theater on campus! First, we keep Little Nourse Theater operational and safe. Second, we reach out to students interested in technical theater and provide them with the training and skills they need to be involved. Third, we help those in performing arts spaces on campus find the technical support they need to accomplish their goals. Fourth, we encourage development and creativity of all aspects of technical theater on campus.


The UKnight'Em Dance Team aspires to create a model/support system of unique yet unified dancers. Our team plans to unite Carls as one, and bring an impactful sense of school spirit to Carleton.

Urban Adventure Club

The Urban Adventure Club seeks to provide opportunities for students to engage with events and experiences offered in the Twin Cities. We are interested in broadening a Carleton Student's college experience by facilitating opportunities for students to experience museums, photography in the city, coffee roasters, festivals, biking around the chain of lakes, and more. We all have a passion for being in a city environment, and would like to further capitalize on the fact that Carleton is just 40 minutes from the Twin Cities. Specifically, the Urban Adventure Club will provide students with adventures that simply aren't achievable in the town of Northfield. Meetings would involve meaningful discourse about the benefits of engaging with urban life and planning for trips (offered 1-2 per month). Only those who attend meetings would be eligible for trips. Individual group members would propose ideas for trips during the first week of each term. The trip schedule will be determined by the second week of each term. An interest meeting was held on Thursday, March 29th; 35 students were in physical attendance (I have a sign-in sheet if needed). Additionally, 120 students ranging from Freshman-Senior class standings are in the google group. 6 students have reached out to me about a desire to be involved in club leadership. Many students interested are campus drivers (at the meeting 5/35 were alone), and many more are willing to become campus drivers. This is a club with a great deal of momentum, full of very passionate people who share a common interest in urban culture.

West Coast Swing Club

The West Coast Swing Club’s mission is to provide Carleton students with a place to learn, practice and enjoy the partner dance West Coast Swing (WCS). Our goal is to offer an informal and fun atmosphere that welcomes all skill levels, especially beginners, while providing a continual input of new material and instruction for more advanced dancers. In addition, the West Coast Swing Club seeks to bring WCS instructors to campus for all-campus lessons, to organize trips to the Cities for workshops and social dances, and to inform and introduce students to off-campus WCS opportunities nationally and internationally.

Whoa! Hip-Hop Dance Company

The purpose of Whoa! Hip-Hop Dance Company (Whoa!) is to provide the Carleton community with an outlet of expression through the art of Hip-Hop dance. While there are other venues for dance on campus, Whoa! fills a void that exists in the community of selective dance companies. Whoa! is a 100% student-run company that allows for the practice and performance of non-classical folk and concert styles of Hip-Hop dance. In addition to providing a place for perfecting one’s technique and abilities in the comprehensive elements of Hip-Hop dance, Whoa! will have at least two performances a year in addition to other informal appearances throughout each term.