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.

Image credit: 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

Join a local chapter of the Alumni Association

Thanks to the Alumni Association’s sprawling network of clubs, groups, and classes, you can still find community at MIT—no matter where you are in the world.


Enjoy an art-related event alongside other MIT alumni in your region.

Blackstar, March 3, 2017. Credit: Justin Knight.

MIT Sounding Series

An innovative annual performance series curated by Evan Ziporyn, faculty director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), the MIT Sounding Series expands musical boundaries.

This season of MIT Sounding presents unique artists who push the envelope of their respective genres, creating new evolving music for the 21st century.

Check out the current season