The Arts at Columbia

From the outset of his administration, President Bollinger has said that the arts are essential to the Columbia experience, and that the University’s New York City location provided a unique opportunity for achieving this goal. The University’s renowned School of the Arts is home to a remarkable collection of admired faculty artists that include a long list of Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Oscar-winners. Its Miller Theatre has carved out a unique niche in New York’s world of new and classical music. To expand student access and engagement in the cultural opportunities provide by the city, President Bollinger created the Columbia Arts Initiative.

By design, both the School of the Arts and the Wallach Art Gallery will be at the center of the University’s new Manhattanville campus in the Lenfest Center for the Arts that will welcome the public to innovative exhibitions and performances in fine art, music, film, dance, creative writing and theater.
Uptown, a new triennial, displays the work of artists who live or practice north of 99th Street in the Wallach Gallery on the Manhattanville campus
Lenfest Center for the Arts

The home of state-of-the-art performance, screening and presentation spaces for students, faculty and the surrounding community in West Harlem. 

School of the Arts Dean Carol Becker on right speaks with University President Lee Bollinger on left at an event in the new Lenfest Center for the Arts
Photo by Eileen Barroso
School of the Arts

A thriving, diverse community of visionary artists from around the world and a faculty comprised of acclaimed and internationally renowned creative artists, filmmakers, writers, critics and scholars.

A woman and man dance during a Columbia Arts Initiative performance
Photo by James Xue
Arts Initiative

A pioneering venture to encourage students, faculty and staff to experience the creative life of the campus, engage the cultural riches of New York City and the world, and create arts and performance.

Dancers in red spin around in a performance of Sabor Latino at the Miller Theater
Arts at Columbia

From dance and music to the literary arts and film, some of the most exceptional creative minds come to Columbia to hone and share their works. 

A multicolored sculpture featured in the Wallach Art Gallery in its show Uptown
Wallach Gallery

The University's premier visual arts space, now located in the Lenfest Center for the Arts, the gallery serves as a platform for critically acclaimed exhibitions and a dynamic range of programming.

The entryway mural in Miller Theater on Columbia's Morningside Campus, blue patterns
Miller Theater

One of the most vital forces nationwide for innovative programming, dedicated to producing unique events, with a focus on contemporary and early music, jazz, opera, and multimedia performances.

Colorful lanterns illuminate the night sky during Morningside Lights, an annual art workshop and community parade.

Morningside Lights

Each new fall semester on the Morningside Heights campus brings Morningside Lights, a community celebration of the arts organized by Processional Arts Workshop with the Miller Theater and the Columbia Arts Initiative. Community members and Columbians gather to build hand-crafted lanterns that illuminate a theme, and parade them through the surrounding neighborhood in a festival of light.