Columbia University in the City of New York

Arts & Entertainment

The Columbia Arts Initiative and The American Ballet: Cassandra Trenary in "Me and Mine" (Photo: E. Baiano)

The best of New York City’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene begins between Broadway and Amsterdam on Columbia’s campus, and extends well beyond with the Columbia Arts Initiative.

Being a member of the Columbia community comes with special access and an array of attractions.

Culture on Campus

  • Miller Theater - Unique events in dance, contemporary and early music, jazz, opera, and performance are produced and presented at Miller Theatre, a vital force for innovative programming since 1988. Columbia students attend performances for just $7. Visit the Miller Theater website and box office, open Monday thru Friday, 12pm to 6pm, and starting 2 hours before scheduled performances. Broadway and 116th Street, Morningside Campus
  • Wallach Art Gallery - The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery is Columbia’s premier visual arts space, showcasing a dynamic range of exhibitions, programming, and scholarly publications.  Schermerhorn Hall, 8th Floor, Morningside Campus; in 2016, the Wallach Art Gallery will join the Lenfest Center for the Arts on Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus.
  • Neiman Gallery - The LeRoy Neiman Gallery hosts the work of invited artists, Visual Arts undergraduate, graduate students and faculty, as well as work produced in the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies. 310 Dodge Hall, Morningside Campus
  • Macy Art Gallery at Teachers College features national and international artists, graduate students, faculty members and alumni, as well as artworks by children. 444 Macy Building, 525 West 120th Street, Teachers College  

Columbia Arts Initiative

The Arts Initiative at Columbia encourages and provides multiple ways for students to experience and create art, as well as experience the cultural richness available in New York City. 


  • Passport to Museums - Visit over 30 museums that provide free admission to Columbia students with CUID and a semester validation sticker.
  • Passport to Performance - A wide variety of Broadway, opera and film performances are on sale at the Ticket and Information Center in Alfred Lerner Hall (115th Street and Broadway; 1pm to 8pm Tuesday through Saturday; closed during semester breaks).


  • The Columbia Arts Experience provides students with a New York-based internship in the arts and culture sector, in partnership with the Columbia University Center for Career Education (CCE).
  • Student Arts Groups - Whether your focus is on film or you are moved by multicultural expression, Columbia is home to a wide variety of student arts and culture groups serving nearly every possible interest. Learn more about Student Arts Groups on the Arts Initiative website.