Culture and Arts

The Santiago Center places particular importance on fostering access to culture through the art and arts-related events.

Two of the Center's Special Projects have focused on the arts: a children's art contest to commemorate Earth Day, in which more than 600 youth from throughout Chile participated, and the Renca Photography Contest, for residents of a lower-income borough in Santiago to give voice to their reality during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other events have included a webinar with School of the Arts Professor Richard Peña on Pandemics in Movies: Filming the "Invisible Enemy," and sponsoring the literary translation workshop Word for Word between graduate students at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and Universidad Diego Portales’ (UDP) School of Creative Writing in Chile.


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October 23, 2017

Raúl Zurita on Campus

Chilean poet Raúl Zurita was invited to Columbia University in September to participate in a series of events marking the launching of the Sawyer Seminar on  “Global Language Justice” organized by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) and financed by a two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

October 19, 2017

Poetry event: Anna Akhamtova, the Tragic Spirit of the Twentieth-Century Russia

In mid-October, Wellesley College’s professor Marjorie Agosin – also a poet, human rights activist, and literary critic—spoke about Akhmatova´s life and work in the context of the series the commemorate the one hundred years of the Russian Revolution jointly organized by the Santiago Center and local universities Católica de Valparaíso, Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile.

August 04, 2017

Writing Projects with the School of the Arts

In early August, Joshua Furst, adjunct assistant professor of writing, and Alicia Meier, Communications and Global Programs Manager, both from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, travelled to Chile in an exploratory mission to discuss possible joint projects with local authors and universities. Their visit followed a very successful Advanced Creative Writing Workshop held in conjunction with the Rio Center and Instituto Vera Cruz in São Paulo.

June 22, 2017

Pizmon Surprises and Enchants Chilean Audiences

Pizmon, a Jewish a cappella group from Columbia, Barnard College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary visited Chile in a mission led by University’s Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis, and partly funded by the Kraft Global Fellows Program. They sang in several public events, surprising and moving audiences with their extraordinary voices and, and, especially, by the charm of its ten members.

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