On May 16, 2014, Columbia College Chicago celebrates the work of its more than 2,000 graduating students with its annual urban arts festival. From art exhibitions to readings, original fashion designs to interactive designs, the talent will spill out from Columbia’s South Loop Campus and onto the streets. The Main Stage and side stage performances from student bands create the musical backdrop to the Manifest showcase.
A free event, and open to the public, Manifest is made possible through the contributions of its sponsors and the creativity and gifts of the Columbia faculty and graduating student body. The full-day event on May 16, 2014 will mark the 14th year of the festival and is sure to be filled with engaging, thought provoking and playful art that only Columbia students can create.
“Best Free Festival! In one week, one of the best FREE festivals will be happening. From 9AM-9PM, there will be dancing in the streets, swashbuckling swordfights and poetry upon request.” - The Examiner
“Asks anyone who regularly writes about Chicago bands, and they’ll tell you it often seems as if two out of three groups here have some connection to Columbia College..... Even more impressive, though, is the musical component of Columbia’s annual Manifest Urban Arts Festival, the college’s annual spring celebration of student creativity.” - Chicago Sun-Times
“Manifest’s annual showcase is a resourceful vehicle for displaying a remarkable mix of performances and presentations from nearly every level and every department at Columbia College.” - Flavorpill.com