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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

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

January 18 at 10am
The moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans. Based upon the Book by Lynda Blackmon Lowery Adapted and Directed by Ally Sheedy With Damaras Obi as Lynda Blackmon Lowery
Evening Performances Weekend Matinees
  • Saturday, Jan 13 at 3pm
  • Saturday, Jan 20 at 3pm
School Matinees
  • Wednesday, Jan 10 at 10am
  • Thursday, Jan 11 at 10am
  • Wednesday, Jan 17 at 10am
  • Thursday, Jan 18 at 10am
 
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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.

Our Spaces

Sanctuary Theater

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Balcony Theater

Venue Info

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

See our calendar of upcoming events
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