Academic Research Centers
The mission of Columbia's Office of Academic Research (OAR) is to cultivate, sustain, and promote a core of arts and media-focused research and outreach centers which advance insight and understanding of major issues in the arts and media.
Anchor Graphics is a not-for-profit fine art press that brings together, under professional guidance, a diverse community of youth, emerging and established artists, and the public to advance the fine art of printmaking by integrating education with the creation of prints. Anchor Graphics is a program of the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago.
The Center for Black Music Research is the only organization of its kind. It exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.
The Center for Book and Paper Arts is dedicated to the research, teaching, and promotion of the interdisciplinary practices that support the book arts and hand papermaking as contemporary art media. The Center is part of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago, and in addition to housing both graduate and undergraduate classes for that department, it publishes a critical journal and artists’ books, mounts exhibitions, hosts artist residencies, sponsors symposia and public programs, and provides advanced study through a workshop program.
Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) Founded on a mission to link the academic departments of Columbia College Chicago with diverse communities throughout the city, the Center for Community Arts Partnerships brings the concepts of community-based learning, arts-integrated curricula and reciprocal partnerships into the spotlight. It unites artists, educators, students, corporations, schools and community-based organizations to form meaningful, sustainable partnerships in the arts.
The Chicago Jazz Ensemble (CJE) strives to integrate tradition with innovation by presenting and reinterpreting the classics of big-band repertoire as well as championing the new creative voices of the 21st century. The CJE is equally committed to music education and to nurturing the next generation of jazz artists and listeners by providing young people with mentorship, training, and performance opportunities.
The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media (ISWG) was founded in March 2005 to promote the creation of new works, scholarship, education and programming about women and gender in the arts and media.
Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is one of two fully accredited museums of photography in the US. It is the only museum in the midwest committed to photography and its expanding image field. The museum showcases national and international artists who push at the boundaries of photography, and it also reflects photographic imaging in commerce and science.
Sherwood Community Music School is an urban center for comprehensive community music education. A member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, Sherwood trains gifted young musicians who anticipate careers in music, beginning and amateur musicians of all ages, preschool children and parents, and professional musicians and music educators seeking continuing education.