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Arts, Culture, and Fun Series

Arts, Culture, and Fun

The Arts, Culture & Fun series offers a variety of cultural events, including, book readings and signings, film screenings, lectures on arts, dance, history, photography and music, as well as concerts, architecture, food, popular culture and much more.

These events are held at various recreation centers throughout the city. The goal of this program is to capture the essence of New York City with all of its diversity, sophistication, maturity and culture. Due to our diversity in topics, this series is able to appeal to plenty of different communities! All of our events are free and open to the public.

 

Arts, Culture, and Fun Series Events

Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6

Arts, Culture & Fun; Preview Screening of 'Peace Officer'

at St. James Recreation Center (in St. James Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
The relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of a former sheriff who established Utah's first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later.
Free!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10

Arts, Culture & Fun: Open Auditions

at Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground) , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Brownsville Recreation Center and The Public Theater are collaborating on a musical production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to be produced at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park!
Free!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 14

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Concert in the Park

at Faber Park Field House (in Faber Pool and Park) , Staten Island

1:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.
Free!

May 14

Arts, Culture & Fun; Wildlife of New York

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join Illustrator Giada Crispiels for a unique coloring project celebrating her new book Wildlife of New York, which captures the diverse beauty of the animals that call this city home.
Free!

Friday, May 20, 2016

May 20

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Concert in the Park

at Lost Battalion Playground (in Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center) , Queens

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join NYC Parks for a special concert featuring Taikoza. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo…
Free!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 25

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark Painting on the Rooftop

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

6:15 p.m.8:15 p.m.
Join artist Amy DiGi for a rooftop painting and monotypes printmaking workshop, hosted in partnership with the Art Students League of New York.
Free!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 29

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join Illustrator Giada Crispiels for a unique coloring project celebrating her new book Wildlife of New York which captures the diverse beauty of the city.
Free!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Jun 3

Arts, Culture & Fun: Screening of 'T-Rex' and Meet the Producer

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for a preview screening of the documentary T-Rex by Zack Canepari and Drea Cooper. After the screening there will be a Q & A with the producer.
Free!

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Jun 5

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join artist Giada Crispiels as she leads an art workshop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park, with her new book, Wildlife of New York, a Five-Borough Coloring…
Free!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jun 8

Arts, Culture & Fun: Nuyorican Poets Cafe

at Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground) , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks and Arts, Culture & Fun as poets from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe perform dynamic works of spoken word and lead a writing and performance masterclass.
Free!

Must See
Event

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jun 9

Arts, Culture & Fun: 'Inspire You' Series - Harriet Tubman

at McDonald Park House (in McDonald Playground) , Staten Island

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
See a 50-minute one woman show based on the life of Harriet Tubman.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jun 9

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Concert in the Park

at Dekalb Avenue and South Portland Avenue (in Fort Greene Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.
Free!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Jun 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Street Stories

at Faber Park Field House (in Faber Pool and Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
This hands-on workshop is an introduction to documentary photography. Aldo Saligno will take you through a range of tips and techniques necessary to capture compelling images of…
Free!

Jun 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Concert in the Park

at Orchard Beach (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.
Free!

Jun 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Concerts at Isham Park

at Bruce's Garden (in Isham Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
East Winds Ensemble presents a unique concert by two masters of Japanese music, Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard. Enjoy an afternoon of Koto and Shakukachi music that will dazzle…
Free!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Jun 12

Arts, Culture & Fun: Concerts at Isham Park

at Upper Lawn by Bruce's Garden (in Isham Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drum and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums. Big…
Free!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jun 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark Painting on the Rooftop

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to paint from observation, plus basics about materials, color mixing, and composition. You'll get to take home your painting!
Free!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Jun 17

Arts, Culture & Fun: Back to the Block

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
A Night of Music and Art Back to the Block features NYC teen artists and up-and-coming local musicians. The concert and exhibit will feature3 local bands as well as a showcase of…
Free!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jun 23

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dark Nights, Bright Lights Quantum Astronomy for Beginners

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

7:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
We'll discuss what was actually found out about Pluto’s size, surface, atmosphere, moons, and more.
Free!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jun 25

Arts, Culture & Fun: Street Stories

at Sorrentino Recreation Center , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This hands-on workshop is an introduction to documentary photography. Aldo Saligno will take you through a range of tips and techniques necessary to capture compelling images of…
Free!

Jun 25

Family Activity Day: Exploration of the Decorative Arts

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Come learn all about the newly restored furniture and wallpaper with a special family tour at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jul 12

Arts, Culture & Fun: Street Stories

at St. Johns Recreation Center , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
This hands-on workshop is an introduction to documentary photography. Aldo Saligno will take you through a range of tips and techniques necessary to capture compelling images of…
Free!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jul 14

Arts, Culture & Fun: Back to the Block

at Maria Hernandez Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
A Night of Music and Art Back to the Block features NYC teen artists and up-and-coming local musicians. The concert and exhibit will feature3 local bands as well as a showcase of…
Free!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Jul 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join artist Giada Crispiels as she leads an art workshop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park, with her new book, Wildlife of New York, a Five-Borough Coloring…
Free!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Jul 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join artist Giada Crispiels as she leads an art workshop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park, with her new book, Wildlife of New York, a Five-Borough Coloring…
Free!

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