Installation view of kinetic-sonic sculpture, eleven colorful speakers attached to trunk of tree laying on a wood floor.
2020 Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts First Place Winner Nicole L'Huillier's Delira, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Council for the Arts at MIT Announces IAP 2021 Arts Funding Opportunities for Undergrads and Student Groups

The Council for the Arts at MIT will offer two art funding opportunities for IAP 2021 focused on undergraduates and student groups.  Special IAP Arts Funding for Undergraduates and Student Groups This one-time special funding opportunity will provide up to … Continued

2015 CAMIT Trip to Venice


Since 1994, CAMIT members have participated in arts trips to foreign and domestic cities. Private collections, backstage visits, “hardhat” tours, and convivial meals are highlights of every trip, but perhaps the most treasured parts of each excursion are the friendships made and sustained between CAMIT members.

Recent destinations include the Netherlands, San Francisco, Western Massachusetts, and Venice, Italy.

The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) logo
The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT)


In 1972, Jerome B. Wiesner, the 13th president of MIT, established the Council to strengthen the arts at MIT and to expand arts funding. As MIT president, Wiesner transformed the Institute, recognizing that being the best in science and engineering was not enough–that tomorrow’s leaders also need to integrate the arts and humanities into their thinking about engineering, science, technology and policy. For the celebration of the 40th anniversary of CAMIT’s founding, the Council commissioned a short film about its history.

Since 1972, CAMIT has submitted an annual report to the President outlining the accomplishments and activities of the year.

Audience members take their seats in an ornate theater.
Boston Opera House. Photo by Bill Damon (Flickr).

Boston Arts Access

The Council for the Arts at MIT underwrites MIT’s memberships at many Boston area cultural organizations, including the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA), and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Please see below for more detailed information.

The Council also helps underwrite discounted student tickets to the Boston Ballet, and provides students with information about discounted tickets to performances by several area ensembles. The Bobko BSO Ticket Fund, created by Philip and Barbara Bobko, provides discounted student tickets to BSO performances, and is administered by CAMIT.


Eligibility for the Arts Access program is restricted to current MIT students (with valid MIT Student ID) and faculty/staff (with valid MIT Employee ID). Other MIT affiliates (with Spouse ID, Alumni ID, Affiliate ID, etc.) can explore discounted ticket options available through the MIT Activities Committee (MITAC).

MIT Lincoln Lab employees: to take advantage of MIT’s University Memberships with the MFA, the ICA, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, please request an MIT Employee ID card through the Atlas Service Center.

CAMIT is unable to make any representations that these arts organizations are safe to visit. Please ensure you understand each arts organization’s access procedures, as well as MIT’s community expectations regarding COVID-19


Logo reading "McDermott: The Eugene Award in the Arts at MIT."
Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT


The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT recognizes innovative talents and offers the recipient a $100,000 prize and a campus residency.

The award reflects MIT’s commitment to risk-taking, problem solving, and to the idea of connecting creative minds across disciplines. The award may be given to an artist working in any field or cross-disciplinary activity and is considered an investment in the recipient’s future creative work, rather than a prize for a particular project or lifetime of achievement.