CAA Arts Access

To promote our community's well-being in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are following Columbia expert guidelines and are cancelling, offering virtually, or postponing most events until further notice. 

A program of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), Arts Access is a hub — for experiences, insider access, and discovery. CAA Arts Access connects artists, scholars, producers, and audiences through dynamic programs and resources.  

Membership is free and open to the Columbia community including alumni, students, faculty, and staff including affiliate schools.

Become a member. Join here. Questions? Contact us at

Events and News Spotlight

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COVID-19 Guidance for the Columbia Community

Columbia is taking the necessary steps to promote our community's health in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updates will be posted frequently as new information becomes available. Learn more

ABCs of Wine Tasting Virtual Edition
ABCs of Wine Tasting

Join us on June 18 with Maria Rivero (SIPA) of RGNY for a virtual wine tasting for the arts community. Learn the techniques for tasting wine like a pro, wine trends, winemaking process, how COVID-19 is affecting the wine industry, and more. Register

Virtual Networking Hour for the Arts
Virtual Networking Hour for the Arts

Missed the last online networking event? Join us for another round of our version of speed networking on June 30. Meet recent graduates and alumni from across different schools and arts industries. Register

Things To Do

Sign Up

Join our network of alumni who love art.


Post on Alumni Community. Share your successes. Get advice.


Discover the perks of joining Arts Access. 


Search for arts-related opportunities. 

Attend Events

Secure tickets to can't-miss events.

Alumni News

Get the latest alumni artist news.


CAA Arts Access — known as the Columbia Alumni Arts League from 2007 to 2013 — has been opening doors to galleries, theaters, concert halls, and museums for more than 30,000 Columbia University alumni since its founding.

Since becoming part of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) in 2010, the program has broadened the scope of its offerings.

Our calendar has the most up-to-date arts and culture listings in any genre, for any interest. 

Also be sure to check your inbox regularly for our newsletter with members-only event invitations, special and free ticket offers, and alumni artist news.

Attend members-only events, or choose from events for families, for recent alumni, or for alumni professionally involved with the arts.

Alumni leaders play an integral role in shaping CAA Arts Access.

Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti '12CC, Chair

Daniel Mitura '09CC, Co-Chair

Tiffany Bryant '08CC

Steven Chaikelson '89CC, '93SOA, '93LAW

Ian Cofre '03CC

Carol Finley '83BC, '86LAW, '87BUS

Kate Flanagan '12SOA

Sophie Lam '04CC, '18TC

Paul Maddon '81CC, '88PS, '88GSAS

Laurie Magid '85LAW

Ken-David Masur '02CC

Michelle Mirsky '77DM

James Reda '81SEAS

Fred Strype '02SOA

Max Taffel '08CC

Althea Viafora-Kress '00GS

Margarita (Ari) Brose '84BC, Advisory role

Mandy Hackett '92BC, Advisory role

Tom Kitt '96CC, Advisory role

Peter Kujawski '00CC, Advisory role

Diane Paulus '97SOA, Advisory role

Laura Pietropinto '00CC, Advisory role

Rita Pietropinto-Kitt, '93CC, '96SOA, Advisory role

Philippa Portnoy '86BC, '90BUS, Advisory role

Shaiza Mariam Rizavi-Friedland '96BUS, Advisory role

Michael Sellinger '91BUS, Advisory role

Ron Simons ‘82CC, ‘89BUS, Advisory role

Barbara Whitman '05SOA, Advisory role

Patty Tsai '11TC                                                        Senior Associate Director, CAA Arts Access


CAA Arts Access
Columbia Alumni Center
622 West 113th Street 4th Floor
New York, NY, 10025




Who can join? Alumni of all Columbia Schools and affiliates (including Barnard and Teachers College) can join, as well as faculty, staff, graduating students, parents of current students, and Columbia supporters.

How can I join? Sign up here.

Is there a fee? Membership is free and you don't need to renew your previous Columbia Alumni Arts League (CAAL) membership. If you were a paying member of the CAAL and would like to continue supporting the arts at Columbia, you can do so here.

What do I receive when I join? Members receive invitations to exclusive events, ongoing discounts and benefits from our Cultural Partners.

How can I redeem my membership benefits? Each ongoing discount or special offer featured in our calendar or in our monthly newsletter has instructions on how to redeem the offer. Discounts and benefits can be redeemed by using a special promotional code. All special promotional codes are visible to members on our website. See the full list of ongoing discounts from our Cultural Partners here.

How can I register for events? Event registration links are shared in Arts Access emails and on this site. If it is an event offered by a cultural organization, please follow registration instructions in the event description. 

Can I bring guests to events? You can purchase guest ticket(s) at the member price. The maximum number of guest tickets depends on the event.

I am already a member of the CAA. Does this mean that I am also a member of CAA Arts Access? If you are a graduate of Columbia University, you are automatically a member of the CAA and can attend any CAA-hosted events. Arts Access is a special program of the CAA, but you have to sign up first by joining through our website here.

Will I receive a membership card? Previously, CAAL members received a physical card. Now, membership is free and so CAA Arts Access members can access all of the benefits of membership through this site as well as special promotions sent via the monthly newsletters.

Can I volunteer? We welcome anyone who wants to contribute their time and expertise to Arts Access. Please contact us at Current volunteer opportunities are also listed on Volunteer Columbia.