Arts Initiative

The Columbia University Arts Initiative is a pioneering venture to make arts and culture a meaningful part of every Columbian's experience.

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Founded in 2004, its diverse programs encourage students, faculty, and staff to experience the creative life of the campus, engage with the cultural riches of New York City and the wider world, and to create art and performances.

Under the auspices of the Arts Initiative, Columbia students, faculty, and staff attend cultural events across New York City, benefit from ticket discounts and subsidies, and connect to each other through its vibrant programming. At its core, the Arts Initiative creates and facilitates opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchange and is integral to the fabric of campus life.