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The Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light

December 10 @ 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening of inspiration & enchantment at the Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light. 

Thank you for your interest in our Glitz & Grit Benefit to support The Center at West Park, a new performing arts center in the New York City Landmark West Park Presbyterian Church. Proceeds from the event support The Center at West Park’s Landmark Restoration Fund and Artist Residency Programs.

Incorporated as a non-profit in December 2016 by a coalition of leaders from professional community arts development and the Upper West Side neighborhood, the Center’s purpose is to revitalize West Park as a home for theater, dance, music, and culture, and to steward the restoration of the building’s historic Romanesque Revival facade. The Center offers performances in its two unique theater spaces, affordable rehearsal and performance space to the public, and is home to several developing and established performing arts companies.

Landmark Restoration Fund

The Center is partnering with the New York Landmarks Conservancy and award-winning preservation architect Page Ayers Cowley to develop a plan for restoring West Park’s 1889 edifice.

The first stage of the plan includes repairing the leaking roof to prevent further damage and completing a conditions assessment. Full restoration will include restoring the masonry and windows, adding accessible entrances, and removing the sidewalk shed on Amsterdam Ave and W 86th Street.

Artist Residency Programs

The Center is a creative home for some of the most diverse, engaging, and boundary-pushing artists in New York. Under our roof, resident companies Noche Flamenca, On Site Opera, and the Russian Arts Theater and Studio craft their critically-acclaimed performances.

We cultivate the next generation of performers and arts administrators with our Theater Artist Residency Program, the Object Movement Puppetry Festival, the summertime Furnace Festival, and our Arts Leaders Fellowship Program. These residencies support the production of over twenty new plays with over one hundred public performances at the Center every year, empowering hundreds of individual arts and inspiring thousands of audience members annually. 

The Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light

Hosted by: Elliott Forrest • WQXR Radio Host, national host of the weekly concerts from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Featuring: Clyde Haberman • former “NYC” columnist, foreign correspondent and editorial writer at The New York Times

Page Ayres Cowley, FAIA, FRIBA • Award winning Preservation Architect for architectural conservation and adaptive re-use

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer • Long time supporter of West Park

…more programming to be announced…

Monday, December 10, 2018

6:30PM • Cocktail hour followed by the Let in the Light Program

The Center at West Park
165 W 86th Street • New York

Attire: festive cocktail

Please contact specialevents@centeratwestpark.org with any questions or for more information.


Lisa Sorce Aiba

Barney Greengrass, The Sturgeon King

Ted and Asya Berger

Peg Breen President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer

Robert Carlock & Jennifer Rogers

Gail Chesler and Carl Nisser

Melissa Elstein & Eric Katzman

David Faber & Jenny Harris

Elliott Forrest

Ann-Isabel Friedman Director, Sacred Sites, The New York, Landmarks Conservancy

Troy & Wilma Messenger

Calvin M. Mew & Mary F. Crawford

Katherine Kurs & John Hudson

New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal

New York State Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal

Eugenie M. Sullivan

Ron Wilcox & Susan E. Sullivan

*List in formation, as of Nov 13*


December 10
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Center at West Park


Sanctuary Theater
165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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