Columbia University School of the Arts
Director of Public Programs and Engagement
In 2017–18, Gavin organized the inaugural season of public programs and engagement at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, including presentations by Patti Smith, Ai Weiwei, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carolee Schneemann, Laura Poitras, Tomás Saraceno, Kellie Jones and Farah Jasmine Griffin, Mel Chin, New York City high school students, and Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. In addition, he co-organized the five-day festival The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir with Rob King, as well as the Inaugural Columbia University International Play Reading Festival with Carol Becker and David Henry Hwang. This festival featured readings of the plays Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali? by Raeda Taha (Palestine), Shaitan Lake by Rinat Tashimov (Russia), and Time Bomb by Nano Riantiarno (Indonesia) alongside conversations with the playwrights and translators.