Swarthmore College

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Chopin Without Piano, produced by Centrala, Warsaw, conceived and written by Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka, directed by Michał Zadara. Chopin performed by Barbara Wysocka. Photo by Natalia Kabanow. Courtesy of Swarthmore College.

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Chopin Without Piano at FringeArts, produced by Centrala, Warsaw, conceived and written by Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka, directed by Michał Zadara. Chopin performed by Barbara Wysocka. Photo by JJ Tiziou. Courtesy of Swarthmore College.

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Lost Pianos at Swarthmore College. Photo by JJ Tiziou. Courtesy of Swarthmore College.

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Chopin Without Piano, produced by Centrala, Warsaw, conceived and written by Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka, directed by Michał Zadara. Chopin performed by Barbara Wysocka. Photo by Natalia Kabanow. Courtesy of Swarthmore College.

Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College draws students from around the world and all 50 states. Academic programs in the arts at Swarthmore include studio art, art history, creative writing, dance, film and media, music, and theater. Supported by a 2015 Center grant, Swarthmore presented the North American premiere of Chopin Without Piano, an interpretive theatrical and musical piece that revealed new insights into Fryderyk Chopin as both a historical figure and a masterful composer. In 2017, Swarthmore received Center support for Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary, a socially engaged project that brings together book artists and members of Philadelphia’s Iraqi and Syrian refugee communities to create artists’ books that amplify personal narratives of displacement, immigration, and sanctuary.