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.
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
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.
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.