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Find informative student essays about arts and cultural events, institutions, and internships. Read what your fellow students have to say about the arts, or add your voice.

Let your creative voice out, and join our writing team! We encourage submissions about current museum exhibitions, dance and theater performances, or talks and lectures. For more information on contributing a review, email Rebecca Popp, Associate Director for Program Administration, at: rp2077@columbia.edu

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Columbia Night at New York City Ballet's New Combinations
The dancing waters of the fountain at Lincoln Center gave us the perfect welcome to the Columbia Night at New York City Ballet’s New Combinations. This was my first time at the David H. Koch Theater.
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Tari Aceh—Dance of Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Tari Aceh: Dance from Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia at Asia Society was quite a beautiful performance to behold and one that expanded my view of what elements dance could include.    
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National Academy Museum
I will not deny that the allure of self-portraits by big names like Marina Abramovic and Chuck Close caught my curiosity, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the best part of this exhibit was the diversity of voices. SELF: Portraits of Artists in their Absence at the National Academy Museum was superbly curated.
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Music From Japan: Highlights of MFJ Commissions III
            The first piece of the second half of the concert was called “Distances III,” but in many ways Music From Japan (MFJ)’s 40th anniversary new music concert at Asia Society, "Highlights of MFJ Commissions III," revolved around this idea.
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Musicophilia
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Stories from the War: Miwa Yanagi "Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape"
            The stage for "Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape" is sparse and elegant: white floor, a white backdrop with a long rectangular window that can open, revealing a German-engineered state of the art (for 1945, at least) tape recorder, and a large donut-shaped white table made of five identical pieces.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, is firmly rooted in both the past and the future of design. Located in the historic Carnegie Mansion, where Andrew Carnegie lived for the last sixteen years of his life, the museum places high value in the art, architecture and designs of the past.
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Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
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El Museo del Barrio
The entrance to El Museo del Barrio reads: “A museum is a school: The artist learns to communicate. The public learns to make connections.” Right on, I thought, and braced myself for some learning.    
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Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum
 

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