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University Arts Initiative Launches CUArts.com

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The University Arts Initiative has launched www.CUArts.com -- the new "everything arts" Web site of Columbia University. CUArts.com will be a central Web portal for comprehensive information about and access to the Arts on and off campus, uptown and downtown, in all the boroughs and neighborhoods of New York City. The Web site will include information and commentary about art, comedy, dance, film, literature, media, music, theater, writing and more. The new Web site was announced by Gregory Mosher, director of the Arts Initiative (AI).

"In conversations with hundreds of Columbia students, you told us there was no central place to learn about or track the arts on campus, in the neighborhood and around town. And so, we conceived CUArts.com to fill that need," Mosher told the students at an AI new-student orientation event at the Museum of Modern Art on Sept. 3.

With numerous features and resources in one place, CUArts.com is a dazzling display of creativity and curiosity for (and from) the students, faculty and staff of Columbia University. It brings together a wealth of information, including art festivals across the city, events and exhibitions both on and off-campus, discount tickets, internship opportunities, as well as a Web gallery for student artwork. Mosher, an award-winning Broadway director and producer, contributes a blog as part of the site. The new Web site features a directory of Columbia's student art groups in Arts Groups A-Z within the "Arts on Campus" section. Events around town are included in the Neighborhood Guidebook , as well as Today's Freebies & Cheap Stuff, which highlights free or low-cost arts activities.

CUArts.com represents a new direction for the Arts Initiative, established by University President Lee C. Bollinger in 2004 to enliven the arts on campus, link the university to the artistic diversity of New York City, connect the arts with other ways of understanding the world, provide support for art that would not otherwise thrive and help prepare a new generation of artists.

"The arts are central to the life of the University," said President Bollinger. "As the Arts Initiative continues to grow, the CUArts.com Web site will provide another outlet to the vibrant arts of New York City."

CUArts.com shifts the focus of the Arts Initiative from single events toward creating new ways for Columbia students to interact with the arts on campus and in the city. The Arts Initiative began with a series of high-profile events, including last year's production of Tierno Bokar, the play that brought acclaimed director Peter Brooks and his international theater company to Columbia for a two-week residency in partnership with Barnard College and the Harlem Arts Alliance.

CUArts.com was designed and produced by a dedicated team of Columbia people at both the Arts Initiative and Digital Knowledge Ventures. Much of the site was created by Raza Panjwani (CC '07) over the summer of 2005. To contact CUArts.com call 212- 851-1872 or e-mail cuarts@columbia.edu.

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Published: Oct 10, 2005
Last modified: Oct 10, 2005

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