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.


For centuries, humans have attempted to translate the mental and physical attributes of our surroundings into tangible representations of the world. In this process of map-making, or cartography, we inevitably encounter a set of questions: how do you define the purpose of the map? How do you decide on the characteristics that will serve your purpose, carefully orchestrating the elements of the map to convey its message to its audience? How do you accomplish simplicity without losing accuracy? In many ways, these questions highlight the intimacy and complexity of cartography; they tell us that maps from the past and present not only reflect human perceptions of physical spaces, but also reflect intimate narratives of a highly personal and creative process. Thus we believe that maps are more about their makers than the places they describe. We present to you Carltography, an organization explores the world through the art of map making. Our purpose is to provide a creative forum for cartographers at Carleton. However, anyone is invited to attend: this club will serve Carleton community members who have an interest in cartography, and more broadly, in the richness of the Carleton community and the world as a whole. Our organization will be a forum for sharing experiences and perspectives of the past, present and the future. We will have regular gatherings, during which we will work on one or more term-long mapping projects. The maps will range from the local to the global, from the mundane to the extraordinary, from shallow to intimate. All of our projects will be shared with the Carleton community, either as art exhibitions or as publications, which will foster a sense of connection with our immediate and distant surroundings.

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 College Bridge Club

The Carleton College Bridge Club brings together students interested in learning bridge, brushing up their skills at the game, or sharing their bridge expertise. We meet weekly to play, but drop-ins are welcome!

Carleton College Chess Club

Chess Club's purpose is to play and learn about chess. We welcome players of all skill levels to compete in a friendly environment in order to improve their chess abilities. We have meetings twice every week and hold our annual Carleton Open in the winter as well as participate in other chess functions depending on the interests of members. We also provide instruction at local schools' chess clubs.

Carleton College Chinese Chess Club

Instead of squares, the Chinese Chess board is a series of lines, and the Carleton College Chinese Chess Club warmly welcomes players of all skill levels to this uniquely Eastern ancient strategy game. Beginners will quickly learn how to play, whilst veterans shall share their experience in friendly competition with other players. Frequency of sessions during the week will depend on the interests of members, and every game is something to learn and develop from.

Carleton Contact Improv!

A group of students excited about sustaining a contact improv community at Carleton. We hold frequent open contact jams, exchanges with nearby contact improv groups and support each other in exploring and developing our contact improvisation practice.

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 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 three times 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 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 all male a cappella group. We're a group of between 8 and 12 guys who sing songs with genres ranging from traditional to pop rock, and give concerts at Carleton and other exotic locales throughout Minnesota.

Carleton Smash Bros Community

The Carleton Smash Bros Community seeks to build a community of gaming enthusiasts with an interest pertaining to Super Smash Bros. Through our weekly meetings we will seek to foster a community where players can discuss strategy, increase skill level, or come to play for fun.

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.

Chelsea 11:17

CHELSEA 11:17 is an open performance group dedicated to encouraging student writing and performance. We meet every other Friday night at 11:17 in Little Nourse Theater and are open to anyone and everyone on campus who is interested in performing, having their pieces performed, or simply watching. CHELSEA (Creative Handwritten Episodes Lovingly Submitted or Extracted from Ass) provides Carleton students a creative outlet in which to stick their metaphorical forks.

Coffee Collective

The Carleton Coffee Collective is dedicated to the education and enjoyment of all things coffee. Meetings will be focused on learning and experiencing different facets of the coffee process--from coffee cultivation practices to bean roasting to different brewing methods. We will also research the ecological and social implications of the international coffee market and hope to find the best practices in which to support this market, with fair labor guarantees. This will be an educational and experimental club Members will also have the opportunity to go on field trips to commercial operations (roasters, cafes).


Carleton's oldest comedic troupe, specializing in short and long form improv. Originally, Carleton's answer to Whose Line. "Cujokra" is a Zulu Prayer meaning "bring us the harvest."


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.

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 produces a showcase of student work twice each year (beginning rehearsals in the fall for our winter show) and casts all dancers who audition in at least one piece. 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.

Film Society

Film Society seeks to stimulate, encourage, and sustain Carleton's interest in independent, classic, and foreign film. Screenings are held weekly.


To promote understanding of different cultures and backgrounds, international and national, socioeconomic and ethnic, through the universal language of food.

Fluxus Festivus

The Fluxus performance art movement began in the early 1960s, largely inspired by the compositions of John Cage and the art of Marcel Duchamp. Its goal was to bring heightened awareness and contemplation to the bits of art in our everyday life through the performance of absurd actions that call into question the ways in which we interact with the world around us. Performances are described in succinct, often cryptic 'event scores'(such as Ben Vautier's Wet in which "Performers throw wet objects into the audience") that in their absurdity convey humor, liberation, and a wonderful feeling of purposelessness. More than the events, however, Fluxus is about ceasing to be a passive viewer to one's own life. It is actively contemplating the objects, sounds, feelings, people and actions that constantly surround us and that we often take for granted.

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.

Gaming Club

We support Carleton's gaming community by holding console, PC, and board game/pen-and-paper events. Our list is also used to coordinate informal games between members. Competitive and casual play are held with equal merit. Events are open to all Carleton students.

The Gender Neutral Cheerboys

The Gender Neutral Cheer Boys is an organization dedicated to the promotion of school spirit at Carleton College athletic events. In the spirit of Carleton, we strive to provide an atmosphere of quirky fun at sporting events, while keeping the crowd both entertained and focused on cheering for the Knights. We paint ourselves maize and blue and engage our fans with creative chants and songs. At football games, we run a lap around the Laird Stadium track for each touchdown that the Knights score, and do push-ups to keep track of the number of points the Knights have accumulated.

Hill o Three Oaks Brewery

The Hill o' Three Oaks Brewery is committed to instilling in its members, and in members of the Carleton community at large, a greater appreciation for the culinary craft of beer-making. In the interest of cultivating and healthier relationship with alcohol, members will participate in the thought- and energy-intensive process of brewing. Once the beer has been fermented, the (of age) members will indulge in great food, company and beer, savoring every last drop.

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.

Indigenous Peoples Alliance

Indigenous Peoples Alliance (IPA) is a community at Carleton College that serves the function of providing students who identify with an indigenous group or have an interest in indigenous cultures a safe environment to learn what it means to be indigenous through exposure to cultural ceremonies and practices, food, language, community engagement, and social discussion.

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.

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. KRLX: It's always better on the bottom.


Our group welcomes everyone who shares an interest in pop music dancing, especially Korean-pop (pun intended name). We pick our favorite songs, learn the choreography and formation, practice, and perform at school-wide events such as K-pop Night, Spring Concert, International Festival and our own concert.


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 rugby to the Carletonian. Their music covers many genres, including spirituals and traditional songs and the work of contemporary artists such as Jewel and Jason Mraz. Practices are held regularly three times a week, and performances at least once at the end of every term.

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, each term, we write, edit, direct, and perform between 15 and 17 comedic sketches 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.


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.

Photography Cooperative

The purpose of the Photography Cooperative is to provide a forum for Carleton students to discuss, share, learn and practice the art of photography in a supportive environment. The Photo Co-Op encourages the use of photography as a medium through which we can communicate ideas with ourselves and others. In doing so we seek to enhance the Carleton community through artistic growth and fulfilment.

Queens of Comedy

The Queens are the first and only stand-up comedy group at Carleton. Weekly meetings provide support in developing new stand-up material and the group performs two entirely new shows every term. Try-outs are held in the fall.

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, videos and DVDs 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 gives students a place to learn and practice dances like Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, Cha Cha and Rumba. We have a fun and informal atmosphere and welcome all skill levels. We also seek to bring exciting workshops to campus, and introduce people to off-campus dance opportunities.

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, Fall Concert, 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.

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.

Three Tables for Stompbox

3T4S is a harmonic, issue-based group that advocates secular pulpits for Stompbox amnesty. We participate in a few serious competitions throughout the year, but stompers of all experience levels are welcome.

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 three performances a year in addition to other informal appearances throughout each term.