Arts Arena events are designed as international or specifically French-American cultural interactions. The events are free and open to the public; however, reservations are advised, as many events reach capacity and offer standing-room only for those who have not reserved a seat. To guarantee priority seating at all events, please RSVP to Each event is followed by a cocktail reception with the speakers and audience.

Additional special events are reserved for Arts Arena members as part of our ArtsArenaPLUS program. These have included an haute couture fashion show at the residence of the Russian Ambassador to France, a talk by bestselling author Alan Riding about his latest book, at the home of the Director of the Arts Arena, followed by dinner with the author, and a private concert by the Curtis Institute of Music chamber ensemble at a home overlooking the Luxembourg gardens. For information on becoming a member, please click here.

January 21, 2020

Richard Peña presents SALT OF THE EARTH

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

1954: a film, once shunned for political reasons—blacklisted writers and Mexican-American union strikers--now deemed a classic. The screening will be followed by a talk and discussion with Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of The New York Film Festival and for 25 years Programming Director of The Film Society of Lincoln Center.… View More

January 31, 2020

ArtsArenaPLUS.  A Balanchine Evening

Location: Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, Paris 12e

An invitation to the dress rehearsal of the all Balanchine program at the Paris Opera Ballet. Drinks and discussion afterward with Ellen Sorrin, Director of The George Balanchine Trust, and the repétiteurs from the New York City Ballet. Anne Hogan, editor of the Arts Arena publication Balanchine Then and Now,… View More

February 6, 2020

An Arts Arena Recital

Steven Lin, piano

Location: Hôtel de Talleyrand, 2 rue Saint Florentin, Paris, 1er

A top prize winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Steven Lin first performed with the New York Philharmonic at age 12. Recently, he made a sensational debut at Carnegie Hall. The 2018 recipient of The Arts Arena Curtis Institute of Music Award, he has been… View More

March 17, 2020

L’Europe autour de l’Europe Film Festival

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

For the nineth year, the Arts Arena presents L’Europe autour de l’Europe. Focused on “films d’auteur,” the festival aims to create links between the classics of European cinema and today’s emerging talents and between national cinemas and the Greater Europe. Irena Bilic, founder and director, will be present. A coupe… View More

March 24, 2020

A Passion for Drawings

Edwart Vignot

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

Former Director of Drawings at Christie’s, art historian specialized in the 19th century, member of the Comité Delacroix, journalist, and artist himself, Edwart Vignot is a passionate collector of drawings. He is the co-author of Bestiaire d’Eugène Delacroix, Le Main dans l’art, Louvre à cheval, and Orsay mis à nu,… View More

March 27, 2020

ArtsArenaPLUS.  Salon du Dessin

Location: Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse, Paris 2e

The Salon du Dessin has become the main reference in the world of collecting drawings, with collectors, specialists, curators, scholars and connoisseurs from all over the world participating. Arts Arena members will be greeted by the President of the Salon and given a private tour by specialist Edwart Vignot. Arts… View More

April 14, 2020

Cécile Verdier, President of Christie's France

The Art Market Seen by Specialists

Location: ,

DATE AND VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED. Cécile Verdier, President of Christie’s France since September 2019, moved to her new position after serving as Vice-President of Sotheby’s France. Her Christie’s appointment is in fact a return to the auction house where she had served as a specialist in 20th-century decorative arts… View More

May 17, 2020

United Nations Association Film Festival

13th Traveling Film Festival

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

For the 11th time, the Arts Arena presents the UNAFF Traveling Film Festival in a specially curated selection of films over two days. Since 1998, UNAFF has screened documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with human rights, the environment, women’s issues, children, refugee protection, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal education, war… View More

June 4, 2020

Laurent LeBon

President of the Musée Picasso

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

Long considered France’s star curator, Laurent Le Bon was the founding director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz as well as the commissioner of Jeff Koons at Versailles and of Paris’s Nuit Blanche (2012). On June 3, 2014, he was named Président du Musée Picasso, which opened it doors in October 2014… View More