ARTS & CULTURE

Come See What Makes Columbia So Vibrant

When times are tough, so many find solace in the arts. And when you visit Columbia, sometimes you don’t even need to go inside to get your art fix. So come by and catch a film, browse a gallery or even make some art of your own.

When exploring, please don’t forget to wear your mask (ordinance enforced), watch your distance and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

painted tunnel
Outdoor sculptures

Enjoy Art in the Outdoors

Columbia is home to dozens of free public art displays. Make a day traveling around town to see pieces like the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Gardens, Cypher at the Columbia Daily Tribune or Marathoners at Flat Branch Park.

Art box

Art is Everywhere

Another way our local artists have the chance to express themselves outdoors is with our Traffic Box Art. In an effort to decrease graffiti and increase the attractiveness of an everyday object, artists apply to have their art featured on these non-traditional canvases.

Some of these traffic boxes can be seen in the iconic North Village Arts District. More than 150 artists of all media work out of this neighborhood — including painters, jewelers, dancers, filmmakers and more. While you peruse the works, you can also find many places to grab a drink or a bite to eat.

Sculptures indoor museum

Amuse Yourself at Our Museums

Our museums allow visitors to dive deep into ancient and present arts and cultures. At the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology, you can explore collections from Africa, Oceana, the Americas and more. Many of our museums also offer exhibitions online, in lieu of in-person visits, allowing you to browse from the comfort of your home or hotel.

DIY Studio space

Do It Yourself

If visiting our museums and discovering our public art has you inspired, you can get your creative juices flowing at one of our various DIY studios. For those interested in an instructional environment, organizations like the Columbia Art League offer workshops and classes. And for those looking to freestyle, try Pottery Island, where you can paint your own ceramics.

Outdoor shot of Ragtime Cinema

Take in a Film

If movies are more your thing, check out Ragtag Cinema. They show works across numerous genres, including such classics as Vertigo and Rear Window and modern independent films. It also plays a huge role (no pun intended) in the annual True/False Film Fest.

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