Columbia University School of the Arts
2017–18 

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.

Download the Fall 2017 events poster

Download the Spring 2018 events poster

Download the program for The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir

Watch a trailer for The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir

Download the program for the Inaugural Columbia University School of the Arts International Play Reading Festival

Fall 2017 Public Programs and Engagement in Art & Education

Tomás Saraceno in Art & Education

Spring 2018 Public Programs and Engagement in Art & Education