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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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Creative Conversations: Panel Discussion with Music Journalists Justin Davidson and Heidi Waleson, moderated by Professor Elaine Sisman
  Heidi Waleson, Justin Davidson, and Elaine Sisman    
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Museum of the City of New York
I have been living in New York City for about eight months now, and I have a much better understanding of what the city is like. I’ve learned how to use the subway lines, I’ve visited all five boroughs, and I’ve been to a number of the city’s best museums. But there is so much more to learn about this incredible city.
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Museum of Jewish Heritage
The Museum of Jewish Heritage describes itself as “a living memorial to the Holocaust.” While the museum certainly emphasizes the atrocities and terrors of the Holocaust, the most important focus of the museum is on living.
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Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter
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National Academy Museum
In several of my music education classes at Teachers College, we have been discussing the idea of a “living tradition.” Rather than looking back at music from other times in history and finding ways to replicate it today, we seek to take the ideas of the past and reimagine them in our contemporary context. In all art forms, there is a tension between bowing to traditional forms and eschewing them in favor of contemporary innovations.
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The Jewish Museum
I was never a big fan of comics. Growing up, I would occasionally read the Sunday "funnies" (often a bit of a misnomer, if you ask me), but I never read any of the comic books or graphic novels that many other kids my age read. I’m not really sure why I largely ignored this genre – maybe I just didn’t take it seriously, even at that young age.
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Orpheus with Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
I’ve been playing the violin since I was five, and I joined my elementary school’s string orchestra when I was six. Needless to say, I’ve played in more orchestra rehearsals in the last fourteen years than I can count.
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Golden Visions of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
“Golden Visions of Densatil”, a new exhibition at Asia Society, is a collection of sculptural pieces from the Densatil Monastery’s memorial stupas, dome-shaped structures erected as a Buddhist shrine. Built in the twelfth century near Lassa, Tibet, Densatil was famous for the monumental size and the craftsmanship of its stupas.
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Asia Society
For five full days at the Asia Society, five Buddhist monks worked tirelessly on a huge sand mandala, painstakingly arranging grain after grain of colored sand in an intricate circular pattern.

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