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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

Katia Cardenal: Concert for Nicaragua

September 22 at 7pm
Join us for an evening of uplifting songs of compassion, ecology and social justice. Katia's music reminds us that love and beauty are not only possible but essential for survival.  

Dos Pueblos: New York-Tipitapa Sister City Project and West Park Presbyterian Church present Katia Cardenal: A Concert for Nicaragua

 

Katia Cardenal -- live in concert in New York City for the first time in over 20 years!

  One of the most beloved musical artists of Nicaragua, Katia Cardenal was born in 1963. Absorbing the musical influences of her talented family where classical, folk and pop songs were cherished, she began to perform in public with her brother Salvador when she was just 15. As the Duo Guardabarranco, they sang through the revolution, and their gentle, insistent music enchanted Jackson Browne and Holly Near, who helped them record the first of their 12 albums.They toured the world, earning an OTI award and helping to shape the Nueva Canción movement. Since her brother's death in 2010, Katia has continued to tour and sing, building her repertoire to include songs with a feminist perspective as well as carying on her brother's eco-song repertoire, and never leaving behind his most beloved songs honoring the youth who carry freedom's flame. Katia began a recording company, MOKA DISCOS, started an annual Women's Songwriter festival at the National Theatre, and released an additional 11 albums, most recently an album of original children's songs. We are so excited that Katia is now returning to New York for this long-awaited performance, accompanied by her daughter Nina Cardenal, who can replicate the elegant guitar stylings of her uncle Salvador plus add a youthful energy to their repertoire as her pure soprano blends with her mother's alto. Join us for an evening of uplifting songs of compassion, ecology and social justice. Katia's music reminds us that love and beauty are not only possible but essential for survival. Here are some samples of Katia and Nina's music. Proceeds from this event will support community development and humanitarian projects in Nicaragua. GET TICKETS

Theater Artist Residency Applications Due

September 30 at 11pm
The Center at West Park's Theater Artist Residency Program nurtures exemplary and boundary-pushing theater artists and companies by providing free performance space, subsidized rehearsal space, and a 50/50 split of ticket sales. We support the creation of new works and the re-working of classic texts in contemporary contexts in order to diversify and enrich the theater community of New York and to attract and challenge enthusiastic and adventurous audiences. All Resident Artists are offered one to four weeks in our intimate 60-seat Balcony Theater to produce and perform their shows. Resident Artists are expected to present full productions during the residency, including set, costume, and lighting design. The Balcony Theater comes equipped with a rep lighting plot and PA sound system. Please note that the Balcony Theater is only accessible by stairs.  Applications for the Spring 2019 Season (January-May) are now open. Applications are due by Sunday, September 30 at 11:59pm. Applicants will be notified by October 20. Email questions to programs@centeratwestpark.org. Apply online by clicking the button below: Apply Now  

ETHICS & AESTHETICS

We value work that challenges aesthetic and cultural boundaries, builds lasting relationships among artists and audiences, engages with under-served and underrepresented communities, and is created and presented in inclusive contexts. Resident Artists are encouraged to engage with these values during their residencies.   

Rehearsal Space

Resident Artists may book up to 40 hours of rehearsal space at the Center in advance of their residency at a subsidized rate of $20 per hour. Available spaces for rehearsal bookings include the Balcony Theater, the Sanctuary Theater, the Gym, and the Chapel  

ARTIST Fee

Resident Artists are paid an Artist Fee of 50% of box office revenue at the end of the residency. Resident Artists pay a refundable $500 security deposit for the space upon signing the residency agreement to secure their spot. Residency fee and security deposit return are paid by check or direct deposit upon completion of load-out at the end of the residency.  

TICKETS

Resident Artists may set the ticket price for their performances, with a minimum price. Minimum ticket prices are $20 for General Admission and $15 for discounted tickets. Resident Artists may sell up to 10 Premium tickets per performance and are entitled to the difference between the premium price and general admission price. All tickets are sold through the Center's box office and all ticket revenues are collected by the Center. Complimentary tickets are provided for press, industry professionals, and Center/production staff at the discretion of the Center. Comps are provided for members of Actors Equity as required under applicable Equity rules. Comps for friends and family are not allowed.  

Box Office & HOUSE MANAGEMENT

Front of house duties are shared by the Center and Resident Artists. The Center is responsible for Box Office Management and Resident Artists are responsible for House Management. All advance tickets will be sold through the Center's online box office, and the Center provides a box office manager for in-person cash and card sales at the door up to one hour before curtain. Resident Artists are responsible for providing a House Manager to be stationed in the theater during performances and in the lobby during intermission and after each performance until all audience members have left. The Center can provide a House Manager for $20 per hour, deducted from the Artist Fee. Resident Artists my sell pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverage concessions and are entitled to all the proceeds thereof. The sale of alcohol at the Center is prohibited. Resident Artists may provide beer and wine free of charge only and may accept donations. If a Resident Artist wishes to offer concessions or complimentary alcoholic beverages, they must provide a bartender for each performance.  

Marketing

Resident artists are responsible for marketing their shows. The Center provides some marketing support, including:
  • An event page and ticketing on our website
  • Space for two posters up to 24” x 36” in our exterior window boxes
  • Listing with image and blurb in our monthly email newsletter
 

Residency DATES & times

Residencies are offered for one to four weeks, beginning and ending on Mondays at noon. Resident Artists are expected to present at least three performances during the first week and at least four performances each subsequent week. Evening performances may start at 7:00, 7:30, or 8:00 and must end by 10:30, with audiences out by 10:59pm. Saturday afternoon performances may start at 2:00, 2:30, or 3:00 and must end by 5:30, with audiences out by 5:59pm. Sunday afternoon performances are not available. The theater will be open and available to Resident Artists on the following schedule: Week 1:
  • Monday: 12pm to 11pm (load-in)
  • Tuesday-Saturday: 8am to 11pm
  • Sunday: 5pm to 11pm
Weeks 2-4:
  • Monday: dark
  • Tuesday-Friday: 5pm to 11pm
  • Saturday: 12pm to 11pm
  • Sunday: 5pm to 11pm
End of Residency:
  • Monday: 8am-11:59am (load-out)
 

Technical Information

The Balcony Theater includes a lighting and sound package that is sufficient to light the stage and provide playback and amplification from multiple audio sources. More info about the theater's technical equipment is available here. Resident Artists may add additional lighting and sound equipment at their own discretion and cost. Resident Artists are responsible for providing their own designers and technicians. The Center does not have a Technical Director or Master Electrician on site, but we can provide limited technical support in an emergency. 

The Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light

December 10 at 6pm
Join us for an evening of inspiration & enchantment as we honor local leaders in the arts & community service at the Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light. Monday, December 10, 2018 6:30 pm • VIP pre-event soiree 7:30 pm • Cocktail Reception 8 pm • Let in the Light program The Center at West Park 165 W 86th Street New York, NY 10024 Attire: festive cocktail Proceeds from the event support the Center’s Artist Residency programs and the Landmark Restoration Fund.  
 
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Our Theater Artist Residency Program nurtures exemplary and boundary-pushing theater artists and companies by providing free performance space, subsidized rehearsal space, and a 50/50 split of ticket sales.

We support the creation of new works and the re-working of classic texts in contemporary contexts in order to diversify and enrich the theater community of New York and to attract and challenge enthusiastic and adventurous audiences. All Resident Artists are offered one to four weeks in our intimate 60-seat Balcony Theater to produce and perform their shows. 

Applications for the Spring 2019 Season (January-May) are now open and are due by Sunday, September 30 at 11:59pm.

Object Movement is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The residency develops new work and advances existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances. Participants meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer supportive feedback. The group is moderated by the curatorial team of experienced puppetry artists. Group meetings will be from September 2018 through Spring 2019, culminating in a festival of performances.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Object Movement Residency are now closed. 

HOT NEW WORKS, FRESH FROM THE OVEN

The Furnace Festival is a workshop forum for incendiary new plays, developed in residence at The Center at West Park. Participants are given one week in the Center’s 60 seat Balcony Theater, a small production stipend, and up to 20 additional hours of free rehearsal space to forge a new play in the fiery heat of New York in August, culminating in two workshop performances on Friday and Saturday nights.

All tickets to the Furnace Festival are just $10 and include an ice cold refreshment to help you beat the heat.

The Center at West Park’s Arts Leaders Fellowship Program is a paid opportunity for early career arts professionals to build skills and experience while shaping the direction of a new arts and culture center in a historic building on the Upper West Side. Applications for the Arts Leaders Fellowship Program are currently closed. 

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.

Our Spaces

Sanctuary Theater

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Balcony Theater

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McAlpin Hall (a.k.a. Pushkin Hall)

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Gym (a.k.a. SWDA Studio)

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West Park Chapel

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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

I’m planting a seed for…

  • a new performing arts center for the Upper West Side

  • the restoration of a cultural and architectural landmark

  • a growing community of boundary-pushing artists, activists, and audiences changing how we see the world, each other, and ourselves.

We have a plan to restore West Park, and the first step is fixing out leaky roof so everyone can enjoy our building’s beautiful interior. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to replace the Community House Roof by the end of 2018. You can join The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program, the Board of Directors of The Center at West Park, and the congregation of West Park Presbyterian Church in supporting this project by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Donate at Fractured Atlas

The Center at West Park, Inc. is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Center at West Park, Inc. must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Contact

Location

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 Avenue

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