Finding Your Way Around (Art at) CU

Bellerophone Taming PegasusYou’re on campus, and you have an hour to kill between classes.  What do you do?

Not enough time to venture too far away.  Sure, you could study and grab some lunch…but sometimes that weekly gap of time just becomes a frustrating waste.  Or maybe family and friends have hiked to Morningside Heights to visit you, and you’re feeling the pressure to show them something a little more exciting than Book Culture and your favorite local coffee shop.  The CUarts endorsed solution?  The Columbia Culture Map!

For the sake of full disclosure, I have to say that I’m an Arts Admin student- our program at Teachers College is partially responsible for putting the Map together.  Despite my bias, you should make sure to scrounge up a copy of the map for yourself.  It features a list with brief descriptions of arts venues, galleries, libraries, media outlets, and resources for culture at Columbia.  My favorite part is the comprehensive guide to sculpture on campus.

I can barely cross the street without using Google Maps, but the fold out map and key allow even me to find all the highlighted buildings and installations.  The Culture Map is a neat way to spend an entire day exploring art and architecture around these parts, or to just hunt down one or two pieces before your next class.  Feeling especially ambitious?  Add in some selections from the Harlem Arts Map.

As an abbreviated complement to CUarts listings, the Map also features a more generalized on-the-go gathering of cultural organizations and academic departments at CU.  As a brand new Columbian myself, this was a neat way to get familiar with campus (though I’m still getting lost..).  The Arts Administration department offers a guided tour based on the map occasionally, which has the added bonus of unexpected anecdotes and historical background.  Word on the street is there’s even a podcast in the works.  So what are you waiting for?  Some exploration might even turn up a favorite secret study spot, which could quickly become useful.

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Kimberley Mackenzie Roode, TC ’11

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