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Slide 1: CAA Arts Access
Slide 2: Talkback at Lynn Nottage's Sweat on Broadway
Slide 3: Tour of The Whitney Biennial 2019
Slide 4: Backstage Tour at The New York City Ballet
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.
Events and News Spotlight
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Lynn Nottage, Associate Professor of Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts, with playwrights Douglas Lyons (Chicken & Biscuits) and Antoinette Nwandu (Pass Over) will join in a discussion about their upcoming new plays on Broadway. Register
Join Nora Lawrence, Senior Curator at Storm King for a virtual presentation and discussion on Sarah Sze’s new outdoor commission, Fallen Sky, along with artist and collector advisor, Althea Viafora Kress '00GS. Register
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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.
Tiffany Bryant '08CC, Chair
Daniel Mitura '09CC, Co-Chair
Ian Cofre '03CC
Kate Flanagan '12SOA
Sophie Lam '04CC, '18TC
Paul Maddon '81CC, '88PS, '88GSAS
Laurie Magid '85LAW
Ken-David Masur '02CC
Michelle Mirsky '77DM
Cassandra Nwokah '17SOA
Gregory Peterson '73CC, '85LAW
James Reda '81SEAS
Fred Strype '02SOA
Max Taffel '08CC
Althea Viafora-Kress '00GS
*As of March 15, 2021
Margarita (Ari) Brose '84BC, Advisory role
Mandy Hackett '92BC, Advisory role
Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti '12CC, Chair Emerita
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, Chair Emerita
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 email@example.com. Current volunteer opportunities are also listed on Volunteer Columbia.