History of the Arts at Eastern

History of the Arts at Eastern

Even during its infancy as a normal school and later as a teacher’s college, Eastern has provided instruction in the arts. The original Willimantic State Normal School (WSNS) curriculum from 1889 included drawing and modeling, as well as singing! The Drama Club was launched in 1922 and was called “The 22 Club.” During its time as the WSNS, Eastern had an arts club (basketry, textiles, book binding); a Music Club (with a glee club and an orchestra); and all students were required to take art and music. The entire student body met once a week for chorus and ended the year with a big concert in May.