The ASB Participant Applications will open Feb 4, 2019.
The Alternative Spring Break: NYC Arts & Culture (ASB) program is overseen by Undergraduate Student Life with participation from Barnard College and General Studies. The program aims to provide undergraduate students in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Barnard College and General Studies with exposure to dance, theatre, visual arts, music and community in NYC. This year the theme is "The Arts and Community". ASB is a fun, interactive and immersive program during Spring Break that brings students from all different backgrounds, interests, and experience together for a week of creativity, exploration, growth, and opportunity. Throughout the week students will explore the arts in a variety of ways including connecting with arts-based community organizations and leaders, participating in workshops, attending various performances, and exploring the intersections of art and community.
Spring Break 2019: Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 22*
*Dates and times for activities and events are still being solidified. ALL Participants are expected to participate in all ASB activities in their entirety; this is an immersive program and participants should NOT participate in other meetings/events/plans during this period.
Location & Activites
The week is filled with an array of activities at various locations throughout New York and on the Columbia University Campus. Details about the schedule and activities will be shared with those who are selected as part of the program. For examples of last years program, please check out the 2018 ASB Itinerary. All students who live in residence halls are able to stay in their rooms during Spring Break to participate in the program.
The ASB program application is open to any undergraduate student in CC, SEAS, BC and GS who is in good academic and judicial standing. The program is limited to 13 students and is ideal for those with a passion/interest/curiosity for the arts, expression, social change and community. It is encouraged for students of all interests to apply. No experience or background in the arts is required or necessary.
Need for Accommodations
If you are a student that is registered with Disability Services, are differently abled, or in need of special accommodations in order to participate in ASB, please indicate so on your application. If you are selected for the program, a member from the ASB team will reach out to discuss and coordinate accommodations and support. If you find you need accommodations and did not indicate so on the application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ASB provides three meals during the program. An opening group dinner on Monday, one group lunch during the week, and closing dinner on Friday. All other meals fall under the responsibility of the student and are not covered or provided by the program. Please note: John Jay is open during spring break from 10 AM – 7 PM. Students who have a meal plan are able to use their swipes to eat. Students who do not have a meal plan can also eat at John Jay for the door price. John Jay accepts cash, credit or debit card.
Judicial and Academic Standing Verification
Students applying for the program and/or receiving funding must be in good academic and judicial standing.
Student Fee and Funding
Students selected for the program are required to pay a $75 fee to participate in ASB. The payment must be turned in by March 6, 2019, at 5:00 PM to Student Engagement 515C to guarantee participation. More details will be given to selected applicants. If paying the student fee proves difficult, limited funding to subsidize cost is available for eligible students. This fee does not cover the cost of meals during the program week, meals are the responsibility of each student. If you are interested in being considered for funding please see the information for your respective school below:
Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Funding Information
Limited funding is available through the Alternative Spring Break Program for CC and SEAS students and can cover up to $75, however it is not guaranteed. This funding was established to help alleviate significant financial need for those who otherwise may not be able to participate in the program. To be considered for funding you must fill out the ASB application below, there is a funding section specifically for CC and SEAS students included. For questions please email email@example.com.
General Studies Funding Information
Funding for GS students can be found via the GS Student Life Allocation Board Funding Application. For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Barnard College Funding Information
Funding for Barnard College students can be found via the Barnard Student Life Leadership Development Grant (SLDG). For questions please email email@example.com .
Still have questions? For questions or further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org