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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

Object Movement Puppetry Festival

May 25 at 7pm
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. Curated by Maiko Kikuchim, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins PROGRAM A Friday, May 25 at 7pm / Saturday, May 26 at 2pm / Tuesday, May 29 at 7pm The Sixth Day by Andrea Ang Teacups by Dorothy James and Andy Manjuck Molting by Leah Ogawa and Sarah Plotkin The Ramayana by Little Did Productions Giveness by Amy Jensen* *Giveness is an interactive experience for a small audience. A limited number of reserved spots are available when you choose your ticket type, and a signup list for remaining spots will be available at the box office each evening.  
PROGRAM B Saturday, May 26 at 7pm / Sunday, May 27 at 7pm / Wednesday, May 30 at 7pm Antrak by Shayna Strype Wolf Life by Kate Brehm Untold Stories From The War With The Newts by Sam Jay Gold  
 

New Amsterdam Opera: La Favorita

June 2 at 7pm
New Amsterdam Opera presents Donizetti’s rarely performed bel canto masterpiece La favorita on One Night Only - Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7:00 PM at The Center at West Park's Sanctuary Theater (86th Street at Amsterdam Avenue, NYC). The cast features: Catherine Martin - Leonora Steven LaBrie – Alfonso XI Peter Scott Drackley - Fernando Kevin Thompson - Baldassare April Martin - Inez Eamon Pereyra – Don Gaspar With the New Amsterdam Opera Orchestra & ChorusArtistic Director Keith Chambers will conduct. This performance of La favorita will be the first production for which New Amsterdam Opera will be using the orchestral materials and notes that have been shared with the company by Opera Orchestra of New York (“OONY”) and Eve Queler. OONY last performed this masterpiece 17 years ago, in 2001. New Amsterdam Opera’s production is dedicated to the memory of late Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who performed the role of Alfonso XI in that OONY production. Get Tickets
 
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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 for the Spring 2018 season are closed.

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. Fellowship positions available for the 2018-2019 season include Communications and Production Management. Applications will open in June 2018.

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.

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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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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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.

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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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