Manifest 2017 in Chicago's Wabash Corridor (photo by Phillip Dembinski).

Chicago’s largest student-run arts festival, Manifest, will present more than 100 free public programs celebrating the creative work of more than 2,000 Columbia College Chicago students on Friday, May 11 from 12-9 p.m. Now in its 18th year, Manifest includes live bands and DJs throughout the day, pop-up fashion shows, art-making in the streets, dozens of dance and theater performances and much, much more. Events are centered along Columbia’s Wabash Arts Corridor in Chicago’s South Loop, with Wabash Avenue closed from 9th to 11th Streets for the duration of the festival. 

​“Manifest is Columbia College Chicago’s way of celebrating and showcasing the accomplishments of our graduating students as they embark on their careers,” says Vice President of Student Affairs Sharon Wilson-Taylor, Ph.D. “Our students are poised to succeed in their profession because they have combined the skills acquired in their field of study with the skills that employers are seeking.”

Unique to Manifest, the festival is curated and managed by more than 1,000 Columbia College students. It celebrates and showcases students’ final bodies of work—an essential part of preparing for creative professions. This design of this year’s event is led by Creative Director Angel Smith, a senior Columbia College Illustration major.

Highlights of Manifest 2018 include: a kick-off hip-hop performance, special guest speakers, Manifest 2018 song competition winner Chinaa; pop-up fashion shows and performance art campus-wide; original student plays and dance concerts choreographed and performed by students across hip-hop, African, jazz, tap, musical theater and contemporary styles; gallery walks of 20 group exhibitions with student art for sale; premiere screenings of student films and much more.

​The location of the majority of Manifest activities, the Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) is Chicago’s very own “living urban canvas.” Founded in 2013 and led by Columbia College, the WAC is one of the city’s major cultural assets comprised of eight educational institutions, 19 galleries, 14 performance spaces, five major hotels and more than 40 restaurants.

For more information about Manifest 2018 and the most up-to-date programming, visit 

Manifest 2018 to Offer Massive 

Showcase of Columbia College Student Creativity