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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Join us for an evening of inspiration and enchantment as we honor the legacy of this landmark building and envision its future.


West Park NYC Open Mic

October 27 at 7pm
The best open mic venue on the Upper West Side. Every Friday. Sign up 7:30PM, Show 8:00. 165 W 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, 86th St. entrance. Bring your Talent, Song, Poetry or Dance. Beverages available.

The New Collectives' THE TROJAN WOMEN

November 1 at 8pm
A story of women's strength, hope, and community as their lives are uprooted. Translated by Brendan Kennelly Directed by Rachel Dart  Featuring Joie Bauer*, Ashley Burroughs*, Julia Greer, Erika Grob, Marcie Henderson*, Sam Leichter*, Cerridwyn McCaffrey, Giverny Petitmermet, Portia Lee Rose, Anna Savant, Alejandra Venancio Dramaturgy by Taylor Beidler Stage Managed by Melissa Farinelli* Music by Elizabeth May Movement by Keri Setaro Assistant Directed by Alexandra Guhde Costume Design by Maggie McGrann Lighting Design by Valerie Insardi Sound Design by Robert A.K. Gonyo Set/Prop Design by Dan Morrison In the days following the Trojan War, how do the women find the will to survive as they await their fate at the hands of the conquering Greeks?  A story of women's strength, hope, and community as their lives are uprooted. Each Thursday, post-show forums will be held with individuals working in/with the refugee and immigrant communities. The goal is to raise awareness about women refugees in our modern political climate at the local, national, and international level and to create an opportunity for the arts to intersect with activism. Performances Wednesday-Saturday, November 1-18. All shows at 8pm. Get Tickets *appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association An Equity approved showcase

The Open Program & NYC Seed Group's WILL BE HEARD

November 11 at 4pm
Will Be Heard is a performative event created in collaboration with individuals from the Bronx and its surroundings. Please stay after the performance for a conference on mass incarceration at 7pm.
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Our Artist Residency program provides affordable space for performing artists to develop and present their work in the grand 420-seat Sanctuary Theater and the intimate 74-seat Balcony Theater. Applications are currently open for the Spring 2018 season.

OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance 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 will meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings will be from September 2017 through Spring 2018, culminating in a festival of performances.

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

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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

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