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Cultural Centers

92nd Street Y
92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life.Through the breadth and depth of 92Y's extraordinary programs, the center enriches lives, creates community and elevates humanity. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y's New York City venues annually, and millions more join through the Internet, satellite broadcasts and other digital media. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives.For adults, 92Y is a place to do what you love and love what you do.At 92Y, you can explore the visual, literary and performing arts, learn from experts and deepen your knowledge on a broad range of topics, find your own way to get and stay healthy and fit or dis
Abrons Arts Center
The Abrons Arts Center is the performing and visual arts program of Henry Street Settlement. The Abrons supports the presentation of innovative, multi-disciplinary work; cultivates artists in all stages of their creative development through educational programs, commissions, and residencies; and serves as an intersection of cultural engagement for local, national, and international audiences and arts-workers. Each year the Abrons offers over 250 performances, 12 gallery exhibitions, 20 residencies for performing and studio artists, and 100 different classes in dance, music, theater, and visual art. The Abrons also provides New York City public schools with teaching artists, introducing more than 3,000 students to the arts. Some of the most adventurous artists of the past century have trained, taught, or performed at Henry Street, including John Cage, Aaron Copland, Dizzy Gillespie
Alwan for the Arts
Alwan for the Arts serves the Arab community and educates the broader public by showcasing a range of cultural events, thereby enriching the cross- cultural and artistic encounter. Alwan is committed to maintaining a space for reflection, dialogue, and growth in the arts and cultures of the peoples of the Middle East, North Africa, and the diaspora.Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the Arab countries in New York City. Alwan organizes film festivals and screenings, book/poetry readings and signings, lectures and conferences, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, and language and literature classes. In 2003, Alwan established a center in lower Manhattan which provides a physical base for its diverse cultural activities.Alwan is grateful for support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the New Y
Baryshnikov Arts Center
The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) was established in 2005 to house the core activities of the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, incorporated in 1979 by Mikhail Baryshnikov. BAC serves as a creative laboratory, meeting place, and performance space for a vibrant community of artists from around the world. BAC is also dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at low or no cost to the public.Audiences representing a wide demographic and artists across disciplines have been served through fellowship and residency programs; commissions of new work; the creation of a dance company; presentations of an acclaimed series of free chamber music concerts (the Movado Hour), a series of film screenings with related discussion (BAC Flicks), jazz concerts with live radio broadcast, international arts festivals, and performances by theater and dance artists from
BAX Brooklyn Arts Exchange
BAX was founded in 1991, as a small, pioneer arts organization on an industrial block in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. In 1998, BAX moved to lower Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn to accommodate a growing demand for services. By 2006, BAX had achieved most of its programmatic and infrastructure expansion goals and seized the opportunity to expand to a second floor and create THE BAX BUILDING. BAX currently has five full-time and four part-time employees, a roster of 24 teaching artists, four interns and volunteers.BAX has purposefully constructed an environment where children study and professional artists create under the same roof. Students are mentored by professional artists and the citywide performing arts community engages diverse Brooklyn audiences at year-round performances in the Theater at BAX. Together they mutually inform each other's developmental process which deepens e
Beacon Theater
The Beacon Theatre is the "older sister" to Radio City Music Hall. Both legendary venues were the "brainchild" of Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel, the great theatrical impresario and visionary of his time.Roxy Rothafel had identical dreams for both theaters. He believed that both the Beacon Theatre and Radio City Music Hall should become an "International Music Hall" theater, to present live entertainment acts and present cultural and popular events.Designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager in the Art Deco style, the Beacon Theatre opened in 1929 as a forum for vaudeville acts, musical productions, drama, opera, and movies.Known for its flawless acoustics, the Beacon has been a favored New York City stop for top acts since the Roaring Twenties. Remarkably, the original sound-system still provides near-perfect acoustics today.In 1979, the historic venue was designated a national landmark an
Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
"A funky and welcoming performance space." -The New York Times The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance was created by Bessie Award-winning dancer/choreographer, Arthur Aviles along with the help of the Point Community Development Corporation. For the first part of the project, they worked with the building owners to convert 9000 square feet of raw warehouse space into a performance/workshop space, and artist's studios. The performance area (3500 sq. ft.) houses BAAD! one of the new hot performance spaces in New York City and is the home of Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre dance company. The artist studios house painters, sculptors, designers and visual artists. The warehouse space is located in the legendary American Banknote Building.The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance is a 70 seat performance and workshop space dedicated to presenting challenging works of established and emerging choreographe
Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM's mission is to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas.- BAM is America's oldest performing arts center, founded in 1861- In 2008, BAM had a record breaking attendance of 550,000- BAM is a not-for-profit organization reliant on contributions to fulfill its mission.- BAM presents or produces up to 220 stage performances each year, many of international origin- BAM has a four-screen cinema, open 365 days a year, presenting new releases and BAMcinematek repertory films- During its first century, BAM hosted political events, speeches, and rallies on the pressing issues of the day. Speakers included Henry Beecher Stowe, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Amelia Earhart.- BAMcafe Live features up to 75 free performances annually.- BAM has an in-house restaurant and bar.- BAM Education serves up to 24,000 students a
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
This magnificent art-deco, 2,350 seat (originally a 2,500 seat) theatre, named after Brooklyn-born poet Walt Whitman, opened in 1955 as the centerpiece for the Performing Arts Center. Some of the world's best-loved and most accomplished artists have graced the footlights on the Great Stage -- from the likes of the great classic legends such as Leontyne Price (who opened the inaugural season), Zubin Mehta, The Joffrey Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Marilyn Horne, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland and Edward Villella, to popular headliners like Tony Bennett, Pearl Bailey, Alan King, Linda Ronstadt, Arlo Guthrie, The Beach Boys, Victor Borge, Santana....well, the list goes on and on. Coinciding with the Center's Fiftieth Anniversary Season, in October of 2004, the theatre underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and reopened with a gala pe
Caribbean Cultural Center
The Caribbean Cultural Center is a not for profit cultural organization based in New York City dedicated to promoting and promulgating the cultures of people of African Descent brought before and after the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Through concerts, gallery tours, workshops, performances, conferences, professional development sessions, spiritual gatherings, and teaching artists residencies, the Center supports teachers, and students across New York to learn and grow through the arts.CCCADI envisions a world in which the heritage of the African Diaspora is embraced and valued. For over 30 years the Center has worked toward the social, cultural, and economic equity of The African Diaspora community in New York and around the world - making the invisible visible. Awakening the conciousness of the untold history, culture and spirit of the early African legacy, the Center celebrates the rich
Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall's mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists, and audiences.Please check out the for more information.
College of Staten Island Center for the Arts
Located at the heart of the 204-acre campus of the College of Staten Island (CSI), a four-year senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), the Center for the Arts (CFA) is one of the leading, state-of-the-art, performing arts centers in Staten Island. Designed by Edward Durell Stone Associates, the CFA opened its doors to the public on April 13, 1996. Since its opening, the CFA has presented 310 artists and artist groups with audiences totaling 130,000. Now approaching its 15th season, this world-class performance facility is noted for its annual series, CFA Presents, a series of first-rate performances featuring music, comedy, theater, dance, and children's theater.The CFA is also the home to CFA Rentals, a year-round theater rental program that hosts 2,000 events and welcomes 400,000 visitors per year. Located in Building 1P, the CFA manages the Springer Concert Hall (911
Dixon Place NYC's Laboratory for Performance
Dixon Place, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1986 to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. Their mission to support and nurture the development of new work and work in progress from diverse artists and to build new audiences for the work is carried out through five main programming objectives:- to present and encourage new and experimental work in performance art, literature, dance, and music by providing a venue for emerging and established artists to develop this new work in a safe, supportive environment- to discover the needs and interests of artists of color by providing a venue in which cultural, personal, and societal issues may be explored and addressed - to furnish gay and lesbian writers and performing artists with the opportunity to present their work in a supportive and non-homophobic atmo
French Institute Alliance Française
French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York. FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.Founded at the turn of 20th century, the French Institute and the Alliance Française de New York operated as two separate organizations, the first promoting French arts, the second teaching French. In 1971 they merged to form what has become one of the largest and most respected centers of French-American activities in the U.S: the French Institute Alliance Française.Located at 22 East 60th Street between Park and Madison Avenues on New York City's Upper Eastside, our beau
Haiti Cultural Exchange
Haiti Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit organization established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people. HCX's seek to raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding and appreciation through programs in the arts, education and public affairs.Programs & ServicesHCX's programs and services seek to support emerging and established artists, promote cross-cultural exchanges, preserve our cultural heritage, and encourage dialogue around contemporary social issues.HCX presents innovative programs including art exhibits, performances, and public forums. Through the ongoing youth development programs we engage children and young adults in an exploration of Haitian culture and foster a greater sense of pride. Artist development services are designed to provide artists with access to resources and opportunities to work in the community.
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
Since 1979, Harlem Stage has been one of the nation's leading arts organizations devoted to the creation and development of new works by performing artists of color. We support artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe. And we provide children and adults with engaging and interactive education programs.Harlem Stage is a performing arts center that celebrates and perpetuates the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem and the indelible impression it has made on American culture. We provide opportunity, commissioning and support for artists of color, make performances accessible to all audiences, and introduce children to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts.In our nearly thirty years, we've hosted legends: Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Bill Cosby, Abbey Lincoln, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, and showcased and nurtured new genius..
Hungarian Cultural Center
Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and appreciation of Hungarian culture, the Hungarian Cultural Center organizes and supports a wide spectrum of events that celebrate Hungary's past, present and future. HCC's ultimate goal is to bring attention to the great achievements in Hungarian art and culture while encouraging collaborations between Hungarians and New Yorkers.The Hungarian Cultural Center was founded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture in 2001 as part of Hungary's mission to promote cultural diplomacy abroad. With 5,000 square feet of space in SoHo, the Center hosts exhibitions, lectures, performances, concerts, and screenings onsite.
Islamic Cultural Center of New York
The Islamic Cultural Center was the first building erected as a mosque in New York City. It contains the two primary elements that traditionally compose an Islamic house of worship: a mosque and a minaret. Within the mosque, the mihrab, or alter niche, faces Mecca, dictating the mosque's 29 degree angle from the Manhattan street grid. This alignment creates a traditional exterior court for worshipers to gather before services. The geometric form of the mosque, based on a recurring theme of square units, follows Islamic law, which prohibits the depiction of natural forms since they are made in the image of God. The result is a striking blend of ancient Islamic tradition and contemporary design and materials.OBJECTIVES:The Islamic Center of New York is a religious and cultural organization established in the early 1960's and planned as an Islamic institution comprising a Mosque, a school,
Japan Society
MISSION STATEMENTJapan Society is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education. OVERVIEWJapan Society is an American nonprofit organization supported by individuals, foundations and corporations that brings the people of Japan and the United States closer together through mutual understanding, appreciation and cooperation. More than a hundred years after the Society's founding, its goal remains the same-the cultivation of a constructive, resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S. and Japan.Today, Japan Society has evolved into a world-class, multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, sch
Kaufman Center
Kaufman Center is New York's creative home for listeners, learners and performers.Kaufman Center is one of New York City's most vibrant cultural organizations, combining the finest in music education for all ages with world class performance in the acoustically superior Merkin Concert Hall. Founded in 1952 as a community school for pre-conservatory music training, today's Kaufman Center provides entertainment, education and inspiration for more than 75,000 New Yorkers every year. Kaufman Center is made up of three unique divisions:MERKIN CONCERT HALLMerkin Concert Hall's innovative programming, intimate scale and near perfect acoustics have earned it a reputation as one of New York City's finest concert venues. Noted in the New York Times for its "reputation for avant-gardism of a cool and cerebral nature," Merkin presents adventurous work-including many world premieres-by contemporary c
Korean Cultural Service
The Korean Cultural Service New York (KCSNY) is a government institution inaugurated in December 1979 to establish and promote Korean culture and aesthetics in New York. KCSNY provides diverse cultural and artistic activities including gallery exhibitions, performing arts concerts, film festivals, and educational programs.Gallery exhibitions are organized by Gallery Korea, a division of KCSNY, utilizing 2,490 sq. ft of exhibition space for various Korean, Korean-American, and international artists. Each year, more than ten exhibitions are held with 100 or more participants to showcase new and renowned artists.KCSNY also engages in other performing arts events that introduce traditional Korean music, dance, cuisine, and fashion. In particular, KCSNY sponsors Korea Music Foundation and hosts concerts and recitals attracting annual audience of over 1,500 people. Not only that, KCSNY's Film
Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center is the world's leading performing arts center. Located on 16.3 acres in New York City, the Lincoln Center complex comprises 11 Resident Organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The 11 organizations are:The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterThe Film Society of Lincoln CenterJazz at Lincoln CenterThe Juilliard SchoolLincoln Center TheaterLincoln Center for the Performing ArtsThe Metropolitan OperaNew York City BalletNew York Philharmonic The New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThe School of American BalletEach organization has its own administration and its own board of directors. Together, these eleven institutions present thousands of performances, educational programs, tours and other events each year in 29 separate performance venues on the Lincoln Center campus.Since Lincoln Center first opened its doors, it has been a major contr
New York Chinese Cultural Center
Founded in 1974, the New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC), a nonprofit cultural and educational institution, is dedicated to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in the global community and to preserve the art of Chinese dance. NYCCC fulfills its mission by offering professional classes, workshops and performances while nurturing creative and innovative new works that reflect the rich cultural heritages and the diverse community today. NYCCC's core programs aim to support and present artists of the highest caliber and to provide a vital linkage between communities and across generations.School of the ArtsThe School of the Arts offers a comprehensive curriculum of dance technique, martial arts, arts and crafts, Chinese language and cultural appreciation all year long that open to people of all ages and all backgrounds. The Dance School in the School of Arts, t
New York City Center
City Center's mission is to be New York City's leading center for dance and musical theater. Dedicated to making the arts accessible to the broadest possible audience, City Center seeks to create a welcoming environment and engage audiences with inspiring programming that reflects the eclecticism, energy and spirit of New York City.New York City Center provides special services to the many companies that perform here annually including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre. City Center presents, co-presents, and commercially rents the Mainstage theater, and is the long-time home for Manhattan Theatre Club, with its full season of plays and "Spring Boards" series in City Center's Stage I and Stage II theaters.The jewels in City Center's producing crown are the Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert series, introduced in 1994 and the Fall for Dance Festival, i
Radio City Music Hall
More than 300 million people have come to the Music Hall to enjoy stage shows, movies, concerts and special events. There's no place like it to see a show or stage a show. Everything about it is larger than life.Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theatre in the world. Its marquee is a full city-block long. Its auditorium measures 160 feet from back to stage and the ceiling reaches a height of 84 feet. The walls and ceiling are formed by a series of sweeping arches that define a splendid and immense curving space. Choral staircases rise up the sides toward the back wall. Actors can enter there to bring live action right into the house. There are no columns to obstruct views. Three shallow mezzanines provide comfortable seating without looming over the rear Orchestra section below. The result is that every seat in Radio City Music Hall is a good seat.The Great Stage is framed by a
Romanian Cultural Institute New York (ICR NY)
The Romanian Cultural Institute (RCI) is a public agency dedicated to cultural diplomacy and international arts exchange. Born in its present form out of the rehabilitation of the notion of Romanian cultural cooperation, the RCI has thrived, since 2005, under the guidance of a new and visionary executive board.Through its network of dynamic antennas, RCI has forged a highly visible and flourishing open space for intercultural dialogue, connecting vibrant Romanian arts and artists to the evolving international scene. The most important action lines of RCI are: Presenting compelling Romanian culture to international audiences;Connecting specific Romanian cultural domains to broad international venues and intellectual networks;Subtly designing a new approach based on the encouragement of daring contemporary arts on one hand and, on the other, the creative preservation of traditional cultur
Scandinavia House - The Nordic Center in America
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States, offers a wide range of programs that illuminate the culture and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Scandinavia House offerings include diverse exhibitions and film series, as well as concerts and other performances, readings, lectures, symposia, language courses, and children's activities. Designed by the internationally renowned Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects) and inaugurated in October 2000, Scandinavia House is the headquarters of The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) and the site of ASF's cultural and educational programming.The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)Established in 1911 by Danish-American industrialist Niels Poulson and a group of other forward-thinking leaders from business and education, The American-Scandin
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden , a distinguished Smithsonian Affiliate, is Staten Island's premier destination for culture and entertainment. Set within a stunning 83-acre park-like setting, Snug Harbor presents a unique blend of gardens, museums, theaters, educational opportunities, and seasonal festivals. Snug Harbor's historic grounds and Greek Revival buildings house arts organizations with the area's most vibrant and intriguing activities, providing numerous ways for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to explore. The richness of this captivating environment truly makes Snug Harbor the heart of Staten Island's social life and a must-see destination in the region.Snug Harbor Cultural Center's mission is, "to create a vibrant center for the arts, modeled on the Smithsonian Institution. Our vision is to create a regional arts destination that fosters both artistic exce
St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery
St. Mark's is a diverse church that welcomes active participation. Sunday services are a full body experience. You can join the choir or sing from your seat in the congregation. You are invited to join the circle around the table at the time of communion. You are welcome to participate in the distribution of the elements by offering them to your neighbor after you have received. Sunday services are a unique community-focused experience.St. Mark's is a church with a history as long and meandering as the history of European settlement in Manhattan. It is the oldest site of continuous worship in New York City and the burial site of Peter Stuyvesant and other prominent Dutch founding families of New Amsterdam. Today St. Mark's is a progressive Episcopal Church, a center for modern dance, experimental theater and poetry, and a community gathering space for the Lower East Side.
Symphony Space
Symphony Space's mission, as a pre-eminent multi-disciplinary performing arts center, is to offer artistic leadership that promotes innovation, excellence, engagement, and accessibility to artists and audiences alike.Symphony Space's goal is to be a nationally and internationally recognized cultural leader. In keeping with its founding principles, Symphony Space is committed to:- building and nurturing relationships with established and emerging artists- encouraging innovation and excellence as the keystones of all presented and produced work- fostering a creative environment that engages and inspires artists and audiences of all ages.The Symphony Space is dedicated to serving a broad and diverse community, as demonstrated by the stylistic range of their programming, their reasonable prices (both tickets and rentals), and by their leadership role in arts and literacy education for childr
Tenri Cultural institute
Tenri Cultural Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 1991. The mission of the Institute is to promote the study of Japanese language, the appreciation of international art forms, and to foster understanding and harmony in the community. Through its diverse programs, the Institute hopes to draw together the multi-ethnic people of New York City to engage in cross-cultural dialogue and exchange. The Institute is comprised of Tenri School of Japanese Language and Tenri Gallery.The Institute hosts over 100 performances a year in music and dance. The artistic focus is chamber music ensembles such as Borromeo String Quartet and, Japanese traditional performers such as James Nyoraku Schlefer and Sachiyo Ito and other acoustic and vocal musicians such as the Art Mob. The space is also home to the acclaimed ARTS AT TENRI concert series which offers audiences the rare opportunity to hea
The Shed
The Shed commissions original works of art, across all disciplines, for all audiences. We bring together established and emerging artists in fields ranging from hip hop to classical music, painting to digital media, theater to literature, and sculpture to dance. Our home, The Bloomberg Building, is an unprecedented movable structure that adapts to support ambition and invention in all creative fields. By minimizing social and economic barriers to entry we'll make a warm, welcoming space for innovation and unique artistic experiences. By offering access and insight into the creative process, we'll forge deep bonds between our artists and our audiences. Driven by our belief that access to art is a right, and not a privilege, we'll present exciting, engaging experiences for our communities and our time.
The Sheen Center
The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is a forum to highlight the true, the good, and the beautiful as they have been expressed throughout the ages. Cognizant of our creation in the image and likeness of God, the Sheen Center aspires to present the heights and depths of human expression in thought and culture, featuring humankind as fully alive. At the Sheen Center, we proclaim that life is worth living, especially when we seek to deepen, explore and challenge ourselves, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, intellectually, artistically, and spiritually. For more information visit
The Town Hall NYC
Suffragists founded it, Marian Anderson sang here, and Garrison Keillor likes to stop by for a few yarns about Minnesota. Numerous NYC school children have their first theatrical experience here. Founded in 1921, The Town Hall is a non-profit National Historic site in the heart of NYC's theatre district, with a line-up that features events ranging from world music, jazz, gospel, blues, folk, show tunes, political humor, theatre, dance, its critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year, and more.
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
In late October 1996, Yuko Nii founded the non-profit The WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center) based upon her Bridge Concept. That concept envisions a multifaceted, multicultural art center whose mission is to coalesce the diverse artistic community, and create a bridge between local, national and international artists, emerging and established artists, and artists of all disciplines. Thus through the international language of art we come to understand each other to create a more peaceful and integrated world. The WAH Center is a force for peace and understanding and it's concept is incorporated in its acronym: "WAH" in Japanese means "peace" or "harmony" or "unity."Yuko also wanted to preserve the WAH Center's building, a French Second Empire masterpiece, and make it a functional part of the cultural community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.The WAH Center distinguishe