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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make music new york

Wednesday, June 21, 11am-10pm

Make Music New York comes to the Center at West Park with 11 hours of live performances, including jazz, classical, folk, traditional, experimental, and children’s music — all for free!

Join us for songs for the young urban cowpoke with Hopalong Andrew, innovative chamber music by Sarah Weaver Ensemble, swinging, sultry jazz from Noa Fort and friends, and much more. 

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Applications Open for OBJECT MOVEMENT

June 1 at 12am
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. Dates
  • Applications due July 15, 2017
  • Participants notified by August 1, 2017
  • Residency meetings start September 12, 2017
  • Work in progress showing in December 2017
  • Festival performances in Spring 2018
Workshop meetings will take place weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm at The Center at West Park on the Upper West Side starting September 18, 2017 and continuing through Spring 2018. Participants will be expected to commit to attending at least 3 meetings per month. Festival performances will be held in Spring 2018. Dates will be selected based on the availability of the participants. Participants will be offered free rehearsal space at the Center to develop their piece as part of the Object Movement residency. Apply Now

West Park NYC Open Mic

June 30 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.
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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.

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

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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

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