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Our programs encourage students, faculty, and staff to experience the creative life of the campus, engage the cultural riches of New York City, and to create art. The Arts Initiative creates and facilitates opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchange and is integral to the fabric of campus life.

Arts Initiative at Columbia University

  • Passport to Museums made possible 44,000 free visits to 34 different New York museums last year, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, and the Cooper Hewitt.
  • Creative Conversations has welcomed leading artists like Valery Gergiev, Diane Paulus (‘97SOA), Suzan-Lori Parks, Lydia R. Diamond, Monica Moore, Sophia Michahelles, and Alex Kahn.
  • The Ticket and Information Center (TIC) has sold over 800,000 tickets since its opening in January 2008. View our calendar of events today! 
Recent Highlights

Last year more than 150 classes and over 4,000 Columbia students attended performances ranging from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Metropolitan Opera during the 2013-2014 academic year.

ABT Cultural Exchange

In fall 2014, students enjoyed a rehearsal at ABT Studios, an on-campus performance of new choreography in the Innovation Initiative, and more events as part of American Ballet Theatre and Columbia University's cultural exchange.

Morningside Lights

The 3rd annual Morningside Lights took place Sept. 20 - 27 with a week of lantern-building workshops culminating in an illuminated procession of public art in Morningside Park. This year’s theme shared in a Columbia University-wide celebration of Harlem artist Romare Bearden.


Learn more about the Arts Initiative team, our Executive Director, Staff, and Advisory Group.

Support Us

Give to the Arts Initiative. Your contribution will support and enhance our programming.

Contact Us

Have a question? Comment? Contact the Arts Initiative staff.

Mission & History

The Arts Initiative Columbia University is a pioneering venture to make arts and culture a meaningful part of every Columbian's experience.