Arts Smarts

LunchLike every other Columbia student, I juggle multiple activities in addition to a full schedule of classes and baking cookies (okay, maybe that part’s not quite like every Columbia student), which is why I love it when my diverse loves come together in one.

Last year I was one of the producers of the Varsity Show, the oldest and largest performing arts tradition on campus. For the last 115 years, students have gathered from across Columbia to celebrate our school by poking fun at it in musical form. Each year they create a full-length, completely student-created satirical musical comedy. But best of all, the Varsity Show brings together thousands of people through musical theatre.

That is why I am so thrilled that Varsity Show will be sponsoring the first Lunch with the Arts Initiative of this year this Friday. As Arnold wrote last month, the Lunches are a great opportunity to exchange ideas with students across schools, majors, backgrounds, and artistic interests. Friday’s Lunch is called “Arts Smarts: Getting Connected on Campus.” We’ll discuss the ABC’s of discovering groups perfectly suited for your talents, whether you’re interested in creating work, participating in a performance, planning an event, or being an active audience member. There will be great discussion, fun activities, and possibly even a mini performance. The Varsity Show will also share how to join their cast and creative team. And to top it all off, CUarts will provide the snacks and sweets (that’s where the cookies come in). All you need to do is bring some lunch and some CU arts pride.

As Kimberley and Mary showed off in their last video, Columbia is jam-packed with awesome arts groups. Come to the Lunch with the Arts Initiative and find out how you can be a part of the arts scene!

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Darcy Zacharias, CC ’10

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