2019 Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts Exhibition in the Wiesner Gallery. Credit: HErickson/MIT.

Council for the Arts at MIT

The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) was founded in 1972 by MIT President Jerome B. Wiesner to support the arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With its enthusiastic advocacy for all the arts at MIT, the Council’s mission is to act as a catalyst for the development of a broadly based, highly participatory program in the arts, firmly founded on teaching, practice, and research at the Institute, and to conduct arts-related fundraising activities on behalf of MIT.

Hacking Arts 2016. Photo: Lenny Martinez.

Creative Arts Competition

The MIT Creative Arts Competition is an annual contest designed to encourage arts-focused startups at the Institute. The $15,000 prize is offered as a grant to help launch the winning enterprise and enable the recipient(s) to join the ranks of MIT’s successful startup founders.

Alumni are invited to mentor current students working to establish their own arts-focused start up business and also to attend the live pitch event in May, which is when the winners are selected from the finalists and awarded prizes. The distinguished panel of jurors and team of mentors includes alumni entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders in the arts.

To get involved as a mentor, contact Shannon Rose McAuliffe, Manager of Student Arts Programs

Lisa Dwan presents "A Body of Beckett" at MIT, 2019. Credit: Leon Yim.

MIT Performing Series

A prototyping and presenting series programmed by Jay Scheib, professor for Music and Theater Arts, MIT Performing is presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology and supported in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Based in Building W97, MIT‘s new Theater Arts facility opened in 2017,  MIT Performing promotes research-based artistic practices across disciplines, fostering new platforms for contemporary performance.

Check out the current season