Every semester, the Cultural Affairs Committee mounts at least five shows of international caliber at the famed Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium. Performing artists from around the country and abroad unleash their creativity on stage, in a collective pursuit of enhanced cultural appreciation. It also brings topnotch performers closer to homes, the public schools and communities through subsidized performances and workshops offered for free.
Asia's oldest running literary workshop, the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, also takes root in this very University that has significantly shaped the image of Dumaguete City. Most of the greats in poetry and creative writing have been involved in one way or another in the Workshop founded by couple Dr. Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist Dr. Edith L. Tiempo.
Dance is also alive on campus. The Dance Troupe infuses purpose to its every performance. From Filipino folk to contemporary and modern dances, the Troupe never fails to draw the audience to an emotion that highlights the value of creativity, individuality and oneness.
Visual arts and animation are also present on campus, sourcing inspiration from individual life experiences and the sheer beauty of the 62-hectare stretch. Every school year, the Fine Arts majors put up an exhibit that showcases paintings in different media, sculptures and installations.
Cultural preservation in both social and natural sciences is among the thrusts of the University. There are learning museums around the campus that do not only offer mere information but purvey a message of the need for awareness, commitment and involvement. These are the Anthropology Museum, the Marine Mammal Museum, the Gonzales Museum of Natural History, and the AY Reyes Zoological and Botanical Garden. Silliman also hosts the first ROTC Museum in the country at the Col. Roman T. Yap Hall. Soon, the University will unveil an exhibit area for its collection of artworks.