The Center at West Park is a home for arts, culture, and community in the landmark West Park Presbyterian Church on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. The Center is a secular not-for-profit organization that offers a diverse range of programs for artists, audiences, and the neighborhood; manages the building’s venues; and stewards the restoration of its historic exterior.

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Upcoming Events

Rhythms, Repair and Renovation

April 28 at 7pm
Weekly Open Mic Bring your talent, instrument, voice, and song, and join us as we share with the UWS community. Sign up is from 7-7:30pm, after which we will draw and choose time slots. Suggested donation: $5

Sunday Night Cinema: Keeping the Faith (2000)

April 30 at 7pm

Join us on Sundays nights at 7:30 for The Center at West Park's free Sunday Night Cinema film screenings with complimentary popcorn and soft drinks! This spring, we're inaugurating our West Side Stories program with three films set on the Upper West Side. 

A priest and a rabbi, who have known each other since childhood, both fall for the same woman in Edward Norton's directorial debut. Rated PG-13.

Filmed at our West 80's neighbors, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun and the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew.

Starring Ben Stiller, Jenna Elfman, and Edward Norton


May 4 at 8pm
Written by Sara Fellini Directed by Pat Diamond Featuring Adam Belvo and Sara Fellini NEC SPE / NEC METU (without hope / without fear) is a collection of two dovetailing monodramas.


The great Baroque painter Caravaggio confesses his hideous sins to an imagined or ethereal priest after his own brutal and untimely death, possibly searching for forgiveness. But his swagger and violent personality leave us to question whether he truly wants his sins washed away, or whether he would rather justify his actions in the eyes of God and man.


The great Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and illuminate her brilliant life and art. She tells her story with wry wit and humor, offering an alternative and often-neglected perspective on art history and her intimate relationships with some of the world’s greatest artists. Though set in post-Renaissance Italy, the life stories of these artists illuminate issues that are still intensely relevant today, including class and meritocracy, the value and purpose of art, gender politics, sex and violence, as well as sin and redemption. Tickets
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Our Artist Residency program provides affordable space for performing artists to develop and present their work in three distinctive venues: the grand 420-seat Sanctuary Theater, the intimate 74-seat Balcony Theater, and the flexible and spacious McAlpin Hall.

Join us on select Sunday nights for free movie nights in the Sanctuary Theater. Film series themes include West Side Stories, featuring movies set on the Upper West Side, and The Next Hundred Days: Documentaries for a New Administration.

A spring festival of new and innovative puppetry developed over the course of a six-month residency.

Creating Peace is an innovative project that combines deep and meaningful, in person engagement with diverse communities and the amplifying power of social media to foster peace. Participants of each Creating Peace session will be provided with basic theatrical training and invited to take part in long-table discussions with experts in the field. Sessions will occur on a regular basis throughout the 2017-2018 season.

Ethics + Aesthetics

We value work that challenges aesthetic and cultural boundaries, builds lasting relationships among artists and audiences, engages with underserved and underrepresented communities, and is created and presented in inclusive contexts.

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Sanctuary Theater

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Balcony Theater

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McAlpin Hall

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Restoration Plan

Phase 1 Community House & South Facade Roof, Tower & Chimney $6.25 million Replace roofing,
Restore skylights,
Restore windows & frames
Replace flashings, accessories, gutters & leaders
Restore masonry
Restore doors, automate east doors for accessibility
Phase 2 South/Corner Tower Roof & Walls $9.25 million Replace roofing
Restore windows and frames
Restore South entrance doors, steps
Restore masonry
Phase 3 North Tower Roof, Walls & West Facade $4.75 million Reconstruct tower roof
Restore windows and frames
Restore entrance doors, steps
Restore masonry
Phase 4 Sanctuary Roof & South Facade $3.5 million Replace roofing
Restore windows & frames
Replace flashings, accessories, gutters & leaders
Restore masonry
Phase 5 North Facade (Not Pictured) $1.25 million Restore windows & frames
Restore doors
Repair areaway contrete slab
Restore masonry
All Phases Stabilization Remove loose stone material
Install temporary netting
Install smoke alarm system building wide
Maintain gutters & leaders
Complete Structural Survey

Support the Center

be a founder of a new cultural institution

We need your help to build a more inclusive community in the Upper West Side neighborhood and all of New York City by

presenting diverse, engaging, and boundary-pushing artistic and cultural programming;

providing affordable performance, rehearsal, and event space to local artists and community members; and

preserving the West Park Presbyterian Church’s historic edifice to delight and inspire future generations.

Your generous contribution will make a lasting impact for our community.




Address: 165 W 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
Subway: 1, B, C to 86th St

Offices & Community House

Entrance on 86th Street

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Phone: 212-997-4490
Email: info@centeratwestpark.org

Sanctuary & Balcony Theaters

Entrance on Amsterdam Ave

See our calendar of upcoming events
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