MAA Collab Grants

In 2022 and 2023, Morningside Area Alliance (“MAA”) offered grants to faculty and staff undertaking community-building projects. Ten grants were made to applicants with affiliations shown below. MAA’s leadership wanted to directly contribute to collaborations and to support individuals who engaged neighbors and the larger community. MAA’s grant offering, “MAA Collab Grants,” were announced through the organization’s newsletter, and through direct outreach by MAA’s executive director and board of directors. Resulting projects were rooted in numerous fields of study, including media content creation, Morningside Heights reuse pilot, voice training and arts instruction, and an exhibit about student-led volunteerism. MAA was thrilled to donate a sum of $21,500 to these projects, share the projects among its board of directors and on MAA’s website, and to become a named sponsor of the resulting programs. As part of MAA’s activities, the MAA Collab Grants broadened its network. An estimated 7070 people – neighbors, students, and guests – took part in the projects. We thank all of the applicants and project collaborators on allowing us to be a part of your remarkable work!


The Morningside Area Alliance (“MAA”) includes the area’s leading nonprofits who work together to strengthen this community. Recognizing that our academic and nonprofit institutions are “better together,”  MAA has launched a grant and sponsorship program. MAA Collab Grants support cross-institutional programs and events.

Celebration of Latin Music

The Celebration of Latin Music will be held on Cinco de Mayo 2022 and feature the inter-regional Latin music band Zon del Barrio, all led by the Latin American Studies departments at Columbia and Barnard. The concert is one of a three part celebration of Hispanic culture during 2022. To know more see Maria Lozano at 917-365-7671What to expect: A high-energy musical extravaganza that celebrates Nuyorican tradition and culture led by Bandleader, Composer, and Historian Aurora Flores with 15-piece orchestra Zon Del Barrio.

Circular Community

Barnard is offering the Circular Community, an ecosystem to share supplies like books, clothes, art and office supplies, and more between member organizations. For more information you can reach Leslie Raucher at 212-854-7979

Community Impact Exhibit

Community Impact is preparing their 40th Anniversary with a pop-up gallery from Wednesday April 13 to Friday April 15, 2022, focused on 40 years of serving the community. It will be open to the University community and anyone interested in volunteerism. For more information get in touch with Satrina Boyce at 646-594-3944


The Media Making and Multimodal Scholarship Festival will take place on April 8, 2022 as a part of the larger Podfest, aimed at developing collaborative tools with Teachers College and the greater community for advancing media and social change. See Katie Newhouse for more info at 617-817-4717

Singers’ Workshop

Singers’ Workshop at Teachers College will run from March through June of 2022 as an after school music program for 25 local youth that gives public performances, headed by Jeanne Goffi-Fynn and a team of Teachers College faculty. In partnership with the Columbia Secondary School, scholarships are available. Learn more and get involved at or 917-312-9502