Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all Columbia Festival of the Arts indoor ticketed events have been canceled for Summer 2020. 

Presenting Arts for our Community and Future!

This project is supported by the Horizon Foundation.

JULY 24 – 31st

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour “Virtual Edition” is a 82-minute program of 6 short films selected from this year’s Festival. Widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years, the Short Film Tour includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, giving new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers.


Coming August 3rd as a Special Columbia Festival of the Arts / Columbia Arts Channel Inaugural  Virtual Event! FREE/Pay What You Can

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

Not Just Knots Virtual Knot Tying Workshop for Kids!

Join a swashbuckling adventure created and performed by veteran New York actor David Engel.

All ages. Supplies needed: One 2’ length and one 4” length of ¼ cotton rope per camper (clothesline ok).
The Columbia Festival of the Arts presents Knot just Knots, the magic of Knot Tying. David Engel is a sailor in real life having grown up on Sunfish, Lasers, crewed on two tall ships and owned two wooden boats- a classic 25’ 1910 Catboat and a 25’ Crocker
Stone Horse. Kids will spend about 25-minutes learning practical knots (Overhand, Square, Stopper, etc.) as well as some fun rope magic and whimsical knots (Tie Knot without hands, Midshipman’s Knot, Magic Disappearing Knot, etc.).
You can view this workshop from a computer, tablet, or phone – anyplace you can access the internet. This virtual workshop will be made available starting at 10 A.M. on Friday, August 10, 2020 and will remain available for viewing through August 24. There is no fee for this free workshop and no sign up required. 

Columbia, MD (August 1,2020)  The Board of Trustees of the Columbia Festival of the Arts congratulate David Phillips on his retirement effective July 31, 2020.  The Columbia Festival of the Arts community has enjoyed working with Phillips during his four-year tenure. Coming on board in 2016, Phillips played a major role in the stability, well-being and growth of the Festival.

David Phillips brought creativity, persistence and humor to his role as the Festival’s director. He kept everyone focused on our mission– “To present a world class celebration of the arts and entertainment that attracts, engages and inspires the broad and diverse community it serves.” Phillips was a pivotal presence at every Festival event from a Jazz concert with Rene Marie or comedy presentation by the World Famous Second City, to orchestrating a champagne brunch fundraiser. He was a leader working with all of our community partners.  His contributions to the successful daily operations with his teamwork and passionate guidance will be sorely missed.

From the entire Festival team, we say “Thank you for your dedicated service to the organization. We hope you have a fun, relaxing, and fruitful retirement!”

Having learned much from David Phillips and his accomplished management style, the Festival’s current staff members, David Simmons and Robert Neal Marshall will step up to lead the organization. 



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