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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

Sxrvxve: An Art Space

January 23 at 6pm
Sxrvxve is an exhibition of contemporary visual, audio, and multimedia art that showcases works responding to social inequality, the failures of the criminal justice system, and other structures that silence marginalized voices. The show will run Tuesday, January 23rd – Saturday, January 27th 2018, at The Center at West Park. SXRVXVE: An Art Space will be an interdisciplinary and immersive experience and will include a variety of one-night events: - Wednesday, January 24 see a variety of experimental short film and documentaries at Sxrvxdeo. - Thursday, January 25 experience Sxrvxve Presents: Valiant Dust: Power, Poetry, and Rage with Shakespeare’s Women. - Friday, January 26, see comedians Josh Gondelman, Sarah Tollemache, Ana Fabrega, Mitra Jouhari, Josh Johnson, and more at Foul-Mouthed Saints Comedy Show: A Benefit for Survivors, hosted by Kelsey Caine. - Saturday, January 27, celebrate our artists and enjoy a variety of acts at the Sxrvxve Closing Party! SXRVXVE will be raising money for the Crime Victims Treatment Center. A not-for-profit organization, CVTC is committed to helping people heal from violent crime, changing cultural norms around violence, and promoting social justice through progressive legislation and community mobilization.

SXRVXDEO

January 24 at 8pm
Support survivors while bingeing short films! Wednesday, January 24th experience SXRVXDEO, a showcase of short film art and media projects that tackle themes of trauma, in/justice, recovery, and change. Our line-up includes: - ROTATIO by Shannon May Mackenzie (US, 4 min) - SWEET THINGS directed by Henry K. Norvalls and written by Line Dalheim (Norway, 8 min) - SHOWERED AND DRESSED written and directed by Elinor Rowlands (UK, 6 min) - AUTHOR OF EXPECTATIONS by Kazimir Bielecki and Bielecki&bielecka Productions (UK, 19 min) - YOU WILL FAIL HER by Kazimir Bielecki and Bielecki&bielecka (UK, 10 min) - ASTRONAUT by Olga Guse (Germany, 6 min) -AND NOTHING HAPPENED by Naima Ramos-Chapman - Testimony Project by Zohar Kfir (US, 4 min video and VR experience) All proceeds from the screening go to the Crime Victims Treatment Center. A not-for-profit organization, CVTC is committed to helping people heal from violent crime, changing cultural norms around violence, and promoting social justice through progressive legislation and community mobilization. Doors: 7:30pm Screening: 8:00pm Tickets available at the door or online. Suggested $5-10 donation: https://withfriends.co/Event/177643/SXRVXDEO SXRVXDEO is part of Sxrvxve: An Art Space at The Center at West Park. An ambitious week-long exhibition of visual art, together with a variety of one-night events, Sxrvxve showcases works responding to social inequality, the failures of the criminal justice system, and other structures that silence marginalized voices.

SXRVXVE Presents: Valiant Dust

January 25 at 8pm
“Not till God make men of some other mettle than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be overmaster'd with a piece of valiant dust? To make an account of her life to a clod of wayward marl? No, uncle, I'll none: Adam's sons are my brethren, and truly I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.” - Much Ado About Nothing Support survivors while bearing witness to the rage of Shakespeare's women. Thursday, January 25 experience Valiant Dust, a showcase of Shakespeare scenes and monologues that bring the #metoo movement into the 17th century. All proceeds from the show go to the Crime Victims Treatment Center. A not-for-profit organization, CVTC is committed to helping people heal from violent crime, changing cultural norms around violence, and promoting social justice through progressive legislation and community mobilization. Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8:00pm Tickets available at the door or online. Suggested $5-10 donation: https://withfriends.co/Event/177363/SXRVXVE_Presents_Valiant_Dust Valiant Dust is part of Sxrvxve: An Art Space at The Center at West Park. An ambitious week-long exhibition of visual art, together with a variety of one-night events, SXRVXVE showcases works responding to social inequality, the failures of the criminal justice system, and other structures that silence marginalized voices.
 
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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 an 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 include Arts Education, Arts Management, Development, Outreach, and Technical and Facilities. All fellows receive a $2500 stipend. Applications for Spring 2018 are due Friday, January 5 at 5pm. 

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

Support the Center

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.

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

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 Ave

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