Carnegie Mellon University
December 01, 2021

CFA 2021 Winter Festival Celebrates the Arts at CMU

Pam Wigley

Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts (CFA) will host a Winter Festival of activities this weekend on campus and virtually. There’s something for everyone – from sunrise yoga to massages to stellar examples of students’ work. All activities are open to the campus community; some are open to the public. Check individual listings for specific details.

NOTE: COVID protocols will be followed for all in-person events. In accordance with Carnegie Mellon’s COVID-19 mitigation policies, all visitors to the university’s campus age 12 and older are required to be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, if not fully vaccinated, must have received a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of this event.

All campus visitors who wish to participate in this event must adhere to all COVID-19 mitigation requirements including, but not limited to the use of a facial covering at all times while on campus and compliance with vaccination and testing expectations.

By registering for a ticket, you agree that you will abide by the university’s COVID-19 mitigation requirements for visitors.

By registering for a ticket or attending an event, you further attest that you have been either:
fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or
received a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of this event.

General Weekend Activities

Hot Cocoa Bar

Friday, Dec. 3
Noon-2 p.m.
CFA Great Hall Entrance

Join us at the main entrance of the College of Fine Arts building for a free self-service hot cocoa bar designed to help community members warm up from the winter chill! Choose from an assortment of toppings to customize your winter drink. Take a break and come on by!

Get Your Massage On! 

Friday, Dec. 3
2-4 p.m.
The Great Hall, CFA

Register and Get Your Massage On

Feeling a bit tense post-semester, pre-finals? Register for a 15-minute chair massage provided by
licensed massage therapists. Four therapists will provide their own chairs and are ready to
massage your stressors away.

Sunrise Yoga with Alecia Dawn 

Monday, Dec. 6
7-8 a.m.
Virtual Event

Register for Sunrise Yoga

Join Alecia Dawn for yoga, at dawn, a practice steeped in mental clarity. We’ll explore the breath, mindful repetition, and sun salutation variations to invite an easeful or toning flow. Pause, breathe and ground down for the season ahead. This all-levels Hatha Yoga practice includes seated, floor and standing postures with variations available throughout. Prepare for this virtual experience by bringing a yoga mat, blanket or meditation pillow, and water.

Alecia Dawn is an arts worker and yoga guide who thrives at the intersection of healing and creativity.  In 2018, she founded YOGAMOTIF, a creative wellness studio that offers art and yoga classes to youth, pregnant people, and the community at large. Her work is grounded in the collective healing of Black mothers, and she is honored to support her yoga community with a joyful and breath-centered practice. Learn more at

CFA School/Program Activities

School of Art

Saturday, Dec. 4
4-7 p.m.
CFA 3rd and 4th Floors + Hall of the Arts 4th Floor
(Note: This year, we’ve added the MFA Studios, so be sure to visit them)

Carnegie Mellon School of Art’s Open Studios return this year! Enjoy free refreshments, DJ and gathering in the Peace Garden behind CFA or in tents on the CFA Lawn.

What You'll Find
Art sale, film screenings, interactive works

School of Architecture

Friday, Dec. 3
2-4 p.m.

What You’ll Find
The School of Architecture will be hosting first-year students’ final reviews and the final review for Professor Steve Lee’s design-build course, “The Cut, The Beach and Beyond.” Members of the CMU campus community have the chance to voice their opinion on what design they like best for placement of an actual outdoor structure on campus that is designed for rest and relaxation.

School of Design

Dates & Times Vary

What You’ll Find
Since Nov. 30, the School of Design has been celebrating student work! Now through Dec. 10, the campus community can view this fantastic work. If you can’t come this weekend, make a pit stop when your schedule permits.

School of Music

Wednesday, Dec. 1
7:30 p.m. (Tickets required for this performance)
Carnegie Music Hall

Register for the Carnegie Music Hall performance
Promo Code: CMUStudent, CMUFaculty or CMUStaff for free tickets

Thursday, Dec. 2
CFA Great Hall (No ticket required, COVID protocols must be followed)

What You’ll Find
The CMU family and surrounding community members look forward to the annual Winter Concert from Carnegie Mellon’s Philharmonic and Chorus. On campus, come to the CFA Great Hall on Thursday, Dec. 2, for this annual musical treat. Capacity is limited. For Carnegie Music Hall registration, use promo code CMUStudent, CMUFaculty or CMUStaff to get free tickets to this and all School of Music performances.

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Saturday, Dec. 4
5-6:30 p.m.
Hall of the Arts, Second Floor (Link Lounge, 211F, hallway between elevator & 211F)
BXA Seminar I: Remixing the Wunderkammer Exhibition

What You’ll Find
The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs first-year seminar invites you to their class exhibition “Remixing the Wunderkammer.” This show explores topics such as context, representation across media, remix and adaptation, ideology/ideologies, dream logic and reality, aesthetic vocabularies, collections and curation, intellectual property, and the instability of meaning. Influenced by Derrida, Althusser, Benjamin, Jay Z, Abramovic, Vi Hart, Freud, Marx, YouTube, Weschler, Thomas Browne, Austin Kleon, Michel Gondry, and many other artists and thinkers, this show is the culmination of a semester spent thinking about the interdisciplinary nature of creative and scholarly life.

Miller Institute for Contemporary Art

Now through Sunday, Dec. 5
Timing dependent upon Miller ICA Hours
Jacolby Satterwhite: Spirits Roaming on the Earth

What You'll Find
Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University will present the first major monographic survey of Jacolby Satterwhite’s work. Curated by Elizabeth Chodos, Spirits Roaming on the Earth traces ten years of the artist’s panoramic oeuvre.