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Arts at Columbia

Learn more about the Arts at Columbia, including academics and campus resources in architecture, art history, dance, film, literary arts, music and theatre.

Arts Initiative

Columbia’s Arts Initiative aims to make arts and culture a meaningful part of every Columbian’s experience and offers diverse programs to encourage students to experience the creative life of the campus, engage with the cultural riches of New York and the wider world, and create arts and performances of their own.

The Arts Initiative also provides students with discounted movie vouchers, free and discounted tickets to hundreds of events (including on- and off-Broadway performances) and free admission to more than 30 museums. Tickets can be purchased online or through the Ticket & Information Center (TIC), located on the first floor of Alfred Lerner Hall.


CSArts gives artists from Columbia College and Columbia Engineering a space in which to showcase their artwork and talent on the walls of the James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising.

Columbia Arts Experience

Students have support as they consider careers in the arts, be it through the Columbia Arts Experience (CAE) internship program, co-sponsored through the Arts Initiative and the Center for Career Education, or through the Arts Initiative’s job and internship listings.

Alternative Spring Break: 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.

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