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Gatsby Student Arts Support Fund


Need funding for your student-created arts projects? Want to host or produce a visual arts exhibition? Write and edit a literary publication? Collaborate across disciplines to stage a theater production? Learn how to apply for a Gatsby Student Arts Support Fund Grant, administered by the Arts Initiative at Columbia University.

Each semester, the Arts Initiative funds student arts projects (either as individuals or Columbia-recognized student groups) through the Gatsby Student Arts Support Fund. Columbia students share their arts and cultural talents with the Columbia community. And every year, the Arts Initiative helps students bring their projects to life.

Past projects have included concerts, dance performances, literary publications, musical theater, photography exhibits, and visual arts events, among many others. We actively seek students and groups who think outside the box, collaborate across disciplines, and reach all Columbians with their creativity. Click here to see a slideshow of recent projects.

Spring 2015 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis between Tuesday, January 20, 2015 through Monday, February 23, 2015. Please remember to submit your application no fewer than three weeks in advance of your event date.


Join us for an information session on Friday, February 6 at 2pm in 517 Hamilton Hall to learn more about the application process, get tips on submitting a strong application, and ask questions. RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Any student group that has not received an award in two or more consecutive semesters is *highly* encouraged to attend. 

The application is available in PDF format, and the sample budget is available as an excel spreadsheet.

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