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Thank you for your interest in supporting The Center at West Park, a not-for-profit community performing arts center based in the historic West Park Presbyterian Church, a New York City landmark. Your donation will support the Center’s mission to create a more inclusive artistic community on the Upper West Side and in all New York City.

Launched in 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 the performing arts and to steward the restoration of the building’s historic Romanesque Revival facade. The Center presents engaging and boundary-pushing performances in its two unique venues, offers affordable rehearsal and performance space to the artists and other arts organizations, and is home to several developing and established performing arts companies.

To donate by check, make the check out to “The Center at West Park” and send it to:

The Center at West Park
165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

The Center at West Park, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations made to The Center at West Park, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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.

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 Community House 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 Avenue and West 86th Street.