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ASB Application

The ASB: NYC Performing Arts Application closes on Friday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m.


The Alternative Spring Break: NYC Performing Arts (ASB: NYC) program aims to provide undergraduate students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering with exposure to dance, theatre, visual arts, and music in NYC. This year the theme is "Exploring the Arts as a Platform for Social Change".  Students willexplore both well known and underground avenues of arts and culture while simultaneously connecting to the richness, history, and legacy of Harlem and surrounding NYC communities. The program seeks to introduce how & why the arts have been a platform and agent of social change for our community and beyond. This year we will be taking walking tours, participating in workshops, classes, and attending exciting shows. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own work and how they can use their Spring Break experience to affect the performing arts community on campus.


Tentatively Spring Break: Sunday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 14*
There will be one mandatory orientation for accepted students taking place prior to March 11, date and time TBD.

*Dates and times for activities and events are still being solidified.  ALL Participants are expected to participate in all ASB:NYC activities; this is an intensive program and participants should NOT expect to be able to participate in other meetings/events/plans during this period.


Venues throughout New York.

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students are able to stay in University Housing during the break.


ASB: NYC Performing arts is open to any undergraduate students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. This program is ideal for those with a passion for performing arts, social change and community, but we aim to attract students from all backgroungs and interests to join us for this program. No experience or background in the arts is required or necessary.   

*Space is limited to 10-12 participants


Students will be asked to contribute $75 for the program.  If providing the student contribution proves difficult, financial aid may be available.  This contribution does not cover the cost of meals or transportation. 


Details about the schedule, cost, and activites will be shared with those who are selected as part of the program via email and during the orientation meeting.



Student Engagement


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3611

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
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