A space for collaboration, resources, and showcase production support.



Please take a moment to learn the two functions of this Group so you are fully informed and prepared for your Manifest showcase:

1. Information

  • This website serves as your hub for all information, deadlines, resources, and updates about Manifest.
  • Download the Engage Columbia app to easily access this group. For Apple products, search the App Store for "Columbia College Chicago." For Android products, visit the Google Play Store and search "Columbia College Chicago."

2. Communication

  • The Manifest Team will email through this group with updates. We are no longer sending emails through Outlook. You will need to actively check the Inbox when you receive Campus Groups notifications. This will allow you to have all Manifest content in one place!
  • Use the Manifest Team Feed if you have general questions for the Manifest Team.
  • Use the Manifest Liaison Feed to connect with other Manifest Liaisons.


For our 20th anniversary we will reflect upon our robust history of how our students always have and will continue to shape what’s next in their fields of study. Manifest will show what Columbia College Chicago is capable of reaching to a global audience through creativity, tenacity, and innovation. We will launch our graduating students into their next professional and creative journeys while fostering meaningful connections with alumni who have proceeded them. We will build upon the success of last year’s festival to celebrate and gather as a community both virtually and (safely) in-person.


Manifest is Columbia College Chicago’s student driven event that showcases graduating student work.

As an annual tradition and defining ritual, Manifest brings the entire community together to celebrate our creative spirit and develop long-lasting, memorable relationships and connections.


  1. Create a sense of belonging within our community through shared experiences within the planning process and culminating festival - an event that is unique to Columbia College Chicago.
  2. Empower students to actively hone their academic learning by real-world practice, deepening their knowledge and skillsets through the application of their disciplines.
  3. Showcase Columbia talent to industry professionals, launching students towards their careers and creative journeys.


Our internal prompt will bring our community together with a unified vision and vocabulary. Manifest programming will reflect our ability to reach for what's ahead, while honoring our rich history.


Between May 10 - 14, all Manifest showcases will be viewable on the festival website.

This includes static content, virtual live showcases, and live-streamed in-person events. The website structure will remain the same with updated branding. It will host a more active, exploratory homepage with rotating daily content.

A social media strategy will connect and engage our community and direct guests to the virtual Manifest experience.

#CCCManifest | #20YearsOfManifest | #ShowYourWork



Monday | Manifest Kick-Off | 7p

Pre-recorded event aired "live" featuring Dr. Kim, SGA President, and a performance of the 2021 Manifest song.

Monday - Friday | Department Showcases | Noon - 9p

Virtual and in-person showcases on view. Daily 7p limited capacity livestream concerts hosted by The Event Lab.

Friday | Manifest Mainstage | 7p

Student Programming Board concert for a limited capacity graduating student audience to close the festival. Live-streamed to socially distanced watch parties in campus spaces.


Contact Manifest Staff if you are interested in hosting an in-person event! We will work with you, Campus Security, and Facilities to ensure we are following Covid-19 protocols.

  • Scheduled / staggered tours of on-campus showcases.
  • Outdoor, socially distanced events in The Garden, Student Center balconies, or other outdoor spaces.
  • Indoor performances using windows + outdoor audiences. Check out Miami New Drama's Seven Deadly Sins, for example.
  • Use creative supplies to create socially distant activities - like inflatable walking balls.
  • Passive programming, such as immersive installations, interactive projects, or collaborative art projects that viewers can participate in throughout Manifest week (think Post-It Projects, WNDR Museum, immersive Van Gogh Exhibit).


  • Opportunities for community engagement to share Manifest memories.
  • Manifest history celebrated through pop-up exhibitions in the Student Center and a virtual retrospective.
  • Meaningful connections with alumni through Academic Departments and Alumni Relations.
  • Festival website will serve as a year round platform highlighting festival showcases for our community and a global audience.

Download a PDF of the Manifest Overview to share with others here.