Arts Initiative


Columbia University's Arts Initiative is a pioneering venture to make arts and culture a meaningful part of every Columbian's experience. Founded in 2004, the Arts Initiative's 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 our 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.
A half-million annual visitors now find information about Columbia’s creative community through the Arts Initiative website. Connect with the arts across New York City, join a student arts group, or read what fellow students have to say about the arts. Visit today!

The TIC is a full service, online, and live box office and information center located in Lerner Hall. The TIC sells and distributes discounted and free tickets to on- and off-campus arts events, helps student arts groups promote and ticket their events, and provides information about arts events and resources.

Passport to Museums allows all current undergraduate and graduate students free admission to over 30 New York City museums. Explore Museum Mile in Manhattan or the sculpture gardens in Queens. Use your “Passport” today!

Gain access to New York City's leading performance venues with the Arts Initiative's Passport to Performances.

Artslink helps University faculty incorporate attendance at arts and culture events into their curriculum. The Arts Initiative makes it easy for faculty to assign events without having to buy and re-sell the tickets to their students. The Arts Initiative buys the tickets, subsidizes their cost, and sells them directly to students through the Ticket and Information Center. Request tickets here.

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation provides grants to undergraduate and graduate students to support their non-curricular arts projects. Grants are provided to both indivudal students as well as student groups. This support is made possible by the generosity of Lord David (’71BUS) and Lady Susie Sainsbury.
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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.