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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

“There’s lots and lots of very talented student bands going on,” Paul Nungesser, CC ’15, said of the Columbia music scene as we chatted about his upcoming collaboration with Jeffers Win, a student band also made up primarily of CC ’15-ers. “But what always kind of stood out with me,” he continued, “was not just the individual talent that’s present in the band, but that they’ve definitely got a vibe going.”
If the thought of forty minutes on the 2|3 spells the end of any plan to leave this insular island of the Manhattoes, you’re in good company. But take an afternoon this Saturday or Sunday and run, don’t walk, to the Brooklyn Museum.
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Asia Society
The East side is a little bit like another world – at 7:45 p.m. at 70th and Park Ave on a Saturday, it was silent but for little puffs of breath from the occasional hand-holding couple. The austerity of the evening seemed appropriate as I approached Asia Society, an elegant, gray building with ornate window exhibits and a warm, yellow glow beckoning from within.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
On Friday nights, the Met is open till nine. The iconic steps are softly lit by exterior lighting along with the fountains splashing away, giving the museum an entirely different feel from during the day when it’s overwhelmed with crowds of people. The Observant Eye is a series that runs every two weeks where a seminar-size group of students, graduates, and adults gather to focus on one gallery in the Met.
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The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library and Museum stands tucked away from the noise and crowd of Midtown. Like its cousin, the Frick, Morgan takes its name, original building, and collection from a 19th-century American financial baron with impeccable taste and the funds to suit it. The Morgan is also the latest museum to participate in the Arts Initiative’s Passport to NY, with free admission available to current students.
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Queens Museum
Manhattan might be one of the world’s greatest arts centers, but some of New York’s best cultural landmarks lay in the far reaches of the outer boroughs.
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Studio Museum in Harlem
A Columbia student’s museum experience most typically takes place south of Morningside; we easily forget that the northern half of this fabulous island has just as much to offer.  This week, I paid a visit to the Studio Museum in Harlem on 125th and Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
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El Museo del Barrio
When we hear the word “Caribbean,” many of us tend to think of blue waters, warm sun, and summer cocktails.  America’s favorite vacation spot, however, is home to many distinct cultures of its own.  A new city-wide exhibit, “Caribbean:  Crossroads of the World,” seeks to give us a taste of that culture and history, with artwork that highlights the uniq
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Asia Society
“Chinese architecture has a complete organic structure; it contains both sensibility and purpose.” -Wu Guanzhong, painter
Reviewed:
Asia Society
​“Chinese architecture has a complete organic structure; it contains both sensibility and purpose.” -Wu Guanzhong, painter

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