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ASB: NYC Performing Arts

The Alternative Spring Break: New York City Performing Arts is a six-day, multidisciplinary program of events focusing on professional performing arts in New York City.  Over the course of the program, students will attend 5-6 quality performances spanning the disciplines of theater, music, and dance.  A professional performing arts group will be in residence on campus during the program affording participants access to their artistic process.  We will attend talkbacks from leading practitioners and participate in workshops covering a wide variety of topics from creating new work to running an arts organizations in New York at a professional level.   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.

2016 ASB: NYC Performing Arts Specifics


Friday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 16, 2016*
There will be one mandatory orientation for accepted students taking place prior to March 11, date and time TBD.
*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. CC/GS/SEAS students are able to stay in their University housing; BC students should work with their respective housing office to ensure they will have access to housing over spring break.


Students with a passion for performing arts – with any (or no) amount of experience.  We would like the group to represent the wide range of student experience and interest across our campus.  We are thrilled to offer this program up to undergraduates in all four schools (Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and General Studies).*
*As the program is highly subsidized through the separate colleges, there are a limited number of spaces available for participants from each of the schools.

How much

Students will be asked to contribute $200 for the six-day program.  If providing the student contribution proves difficult for some students, financial aid may be available.  Please note, this contribution does not cover the cost of meals or transportation.

How to apply

The ASB: NYC Performing Arts Application is now closed.  Should you have any questions about applying or the program in general, please email Student Engagement.




View as sample program from last spring: Schedule2015ASB.pdf



Student Engagement


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3611

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.