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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 39,000 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 500,000 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 2012-2013 academic year.

Columbia Nights

The Studio Museum in Harlem: Columbia students, faculty, and staff joined the curatorial team on November 30th at The Studio Museum for special tours of the new exhibits Fore and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967.

Museum Meetups

Sarah Sze: Infinite Line at the Asia Society: On March 23rd, students were guided through a special tour of School of the Arts Professor, and U.S. Representative for the 2013 Venice Biennale, Sarah Sze’s solo exhibition at the esteemed Asia Society.


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.