Alternative Spring Break: NYC Arts and Culture

Applications for Alternative Spring Break are now closed. Applicants will be notified of their status by 5pm on Friday, February 3.

The Alternative Spring Break: NYC Arts & Culture (ASB) program aims to provide undergraduate students in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Barnard College, and General Studies with exposure to the world of performing arts in NYC. For 2023, the theme is "Theatre in New York: Broadway and Beyond" and will take place between March 12-17 (Spring Break).  Throughout the week students will explore different theatrical performances and experiencing, and exploring the opportunities around the city and expanding further than the Broadway shows we all know and love! Students will have the opportunity to see shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at Lincoln Center, and beyond!

*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. The program is subject to cancellation or may become virtual at any time due to COVID restrictions.

Program Goals

  • Students become familiar and connected to the world of New York City theatre
  • Leave with a deeper understanding of the landscape of theatrical performances and the different forms it may take (immersive, commercial, etc.)
  • Expand student knowledge of various theatrical venues around NYC
  • Connect students with organizations that pertain to the performance and arts realms
  • Expose students to workshops, discussions, entertainment, performances, and arts-related networks


  • 10-12 student participants will be selected to take part in the program
  • The program will take place over the course of 5 days
  • 6-7 outings to theatrical experiences within the 5 boroughs
  • Debriefs, facilitated dialogue, and reflection


Dates and Eligibility

  • Spring Break 2023: Sunday, March 12-Friday March 17*
  • The ASB program application is open to any undergraduate student in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Barnard College and General Studies in good academic and judicial standing. The program is limited to 10-12 students and is ideal for those with a passion/interest/curiosity for theatre and the performing arts.
  • Students applying for the program and/or receiving funding must be in good academic and judicial standing.


Need for Accommodations

  • If you are a student that is registered with Disability Services, are differently abled or in need of special accommodations 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 for more information. 


Meals and Student Fee/Deposit

  • ASB provides three meals per day during the program. Students will be provided with FLEX points on their CUID for use at establishments on and around campus.

  • Students selected for the program are required to pay a $15 deposit fee to participate. The payment must be turned in by Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. to 515H Lerner to guarantee participation. More details will be given to selected applicants. If paying the student deposit proves difficult, limited funding to subsidize cost is available for eligible students. 

    • Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Funding Information 
      Limited funding is available through the Alternative Spring Break Program for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students and can cover up to $15; 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 Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students included. For questions, please email

    • General Studies Funding Information 
      Funding for General Studies students can be found via the GS Student Life Allocation Board Funding Application. For questions, please email

    • 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




Student Engagement


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3612

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.