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Columbia University School of the Arts’ Lenfest Center for the Arts is a dynamic new hub for cultural and civic exchange in Upper Manhattan. Featuring four flexible venues and a public plaza, this state-of-the-art facility offers unprecedented opportunities for the presentation and generation of contemporary art across disciplines.


From readings and installations to performances, screenings, and symposia, the vibrant array of activity at the Lenfest Center for the Arts aims to strengthen local partnerships while highlighting contemporary scholarship, global perspectives, and compelling voices of our time.

Current Events

Ongoing Events

Lenfest Kids

Columbia University School of Arts presents Lenfest Kids, a monthly series of films for the whole family. Each month, we will feature three films, including recent animation and live action, as well as critically acclaimed classic films for families.  


Past Events

Public Programs & Engagement 2020-2021

Traversing media and disciplines, the 2020–21 season of Public Programs and Engagement at Columbia University School of the Arts will focus on the concept of Repair.


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When we committed ourselves to the Manhattanville campus in West Harlem, we knew it would be essential for Columbia to use this opportunity to build exceptional spaces for our mission of teaching, research and creativity that make a difference in the world—and to do so in a way that benefits our city and community.

- Lee C. Bollinger, University President

Our goal is to create a welcoming venue where every space can be activated by the work of students, faculty and guest artists in film, theatre, writing and visual arts, opening our doors to new collaborations both across the University and our community, fostering connections to the always vibrant art scene in Harlem and beyond.

- Carol Becker, Dean
Columbia University School of the Arts