Blank Performing Art Center

41.365435,-93.567277, Indianola

Blank Performing Art CenterNamed for Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Blank, this building was completed in 1971 to house the Theatre Arts Department. In 2011 an addition was added to Blank that included an elevator, expanded and accessible restrooms and increased handicapped seating to the facility to allow everyone to enjoy the performances held at Blank. The expansion created faculty space, teaching classrooms and labs and double the size of the lobby. Located in Blank are the 125-seat Barnum Studio Theatre and the 500-seat Pote Theatre, where the Des Moines Metro Opera performs its summer season. Guest artists and senior art students can display their work in the Barborka Gallery. Blank also contains a workshop and costume shop, as well as offices and classrooms

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IM Yoga

IM Yoga 5pm 4/24

Free to students, staff, faculty, spouse and alumni, sign-up on site. Yoga mats provided.

Symphonic Band Concert

Symphonic Band Concert 7pm 4/25

This delightful concert will feature the Symphonic Band performing the repertoire from our Spring tour and our Concerto Competition, featuring Simpson’s very...

The Underground

The Underground 9:30pm 4/25

Un’-der-ground n. a once a month cabaret-style talent show hosted by the Performing Arts Theme House to raise money for the AIDS Project of Central Iowa....

Alumni Band play-a-long

Alumni Band play-a-long 3:15pm 4/26

Dust off your horns! Take this festive opportunity to play alongside your former classmates as well as some of Simpson’s current Symphonic Band members. ...

Special Presentation:  Pep, Harmony, Beauty:  The Phillips Sisters Sextet, Simpson College, and the Chautauqua

Special Presentation: Pep, Harmony, Beauty: ... 4:30pm 4/26

Come and hear some interesting Simpson Music history from faculty John Benoit’s sabbatical research. The Phillips Sisters were six sisters from Seymour, Iowa...

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Becky Hastie

Becky Hastie left a positive review 2/28/2014

The opera was wonderful! I took my 14 year old daughter who was impressed with the cast and the set. It was very entertaining! We enjoyed the dance number and the lead female role had an amazing voice. Very well done!!

Becky Hastie

Becky Hastie left a positive review 2/13/2014

What a talented group of individuals we have here at Simpson! It is a show filled with humor and sadness and leaves you wanting more. Get your ticket today if you haven't already. You won't be disappointed!

Beth Beggs

Beth Beggs left a positive review 12/5/2013

Simpson's student musicians never fail to amaze me!

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