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Arts, Culture & Fun Series

guests dance at an outdoor dance class and open dance event at a waterfront park

Through Arts, Culture & Fun programs, you can look up to the sky through telescopes from rooftops and parks at the "Dark Night, Bright Lights" series in partnership with the Amateur Astronomers Association and the Urban Park Rangers; learn how to swing, salsa, and tango in our dance series "Dance Away the Night"; try your hand at an artistic pursuit in our art workshop series "Make Your Mark"; join inspirational talks and workshops at the "Inspire You and Conversation Series"; and so much more!

Artistic expression of two women on a bench

Arts, Culture & Fun: Women's History Month Exhibition

Women take center stage at this month-long exhibit by women, on display at Poe Park Visitor Center. On display through March 30.

Artistic expression of two women on a bench

Tot Program: Guardian and Me

Bring your little ones to Tony Dapolito Rec Center in the West Village on Fridays for art and fun with award-winning animator and published illustrator Max Cohen, teaching artist of The Art Students League!

Artistic expression of two women on a bench

Children’s Art Workshops

Kids ages 6 to 13 are invited to join our free weekly art workshops with artist Sonomi Kobayashi of the Art Students League at J. Hood Wright Rec Center on Fridays during after-school hours.

Arts, Culture & Fun Series Events

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mar26

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark: Create Your Own Graphic Novel

at Sunset Park Recreation Center (in Sunset Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
We will cover composition, image, and text relationships as well as lighting. All supplies will be provided. No experience necessary.
Free!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Apr 3

Arts, Culture & Fun: City Center On the Move

at Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground)Brooklyn

11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
City Center On the Move will immerse communities in world-class dance through a series of free interactive performances featuring Bronx-born tap artist Ayodele Casel.
Free!

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Apr 4

Arts, Culture & Fun: City Center On the Move

at St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
City Center On the Move will immerse communities in world-class dance through a series of free interactive performances featuring Bronx-born tap artist Ayodele Casel.
Free!

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Apr 5

Arts, Culture & Fun: City Center On the Move

at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation CenterQueens This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
City Center On the Move will immerse communities in world-class dance through a series of free interactive performances featuring Bronx-born tap artist Ayodele Casel.
Free!

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Apr 5

Arts, Culture & Fun: Public Theater Mobile Unit: The Tempest

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Love plays games with revenge, and the stuff of nightmares becomes the stuff of dreams in this supernatural comedy about the power of rage and the strength of forgiveness.
Free!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Apr10

Arts, Culture & Fun: Public Theater Mobile Unit: The Tempest

at Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground)Brooklyn

11:30 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Love plays games with revenge, and the stuff of nightmares becomes the stuff of dreams in this supernatural comedy about the power of rage and the strength of forgiveness.
Free!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Apr11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Public Theater Mobile Unit: The Tempest

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)Bronx

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Love plays games with revenge, and the stuff of nightmares becomes the stuff of dreams in this supernatural comedy about the power of rage and the strength of forgiveness.
Free!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Apr12

Arts, Culture & Fun: Watercolor Workshop

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
At this workshop, learn watercolor techniques in partnership with the Art Students League.
Free!

Apr12

Arts, Culture & Fun: City Center On the Move

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy free performances featuring world-class tap artist Ayodele Casel! Audiences will be invited to participate in a short tap lesson after the show.
Free!

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Apr13

Arts, Culture & Fun: City Center On the Move

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
City Center On the Move will immerse communities in world-class dance through a series of free interactive performances featuring Bronx-born tap artist Ayodele Casel.
Free!

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Apr15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Public Theater Mobile Unit: The Tempest

at Roy Wilkins Recreation CenterQueens This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Love plays games with revenge, and the stuff of nightmares becomes the stuff of dreams in this supernatural comedy about the power of rage and the strength of forgiveness.
Free!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Apr20

Arts, Culture & Fun: Public Theater Mobile Unit: The Tempest

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

12:30 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Love plays games with revenge, and the stuff of nightmares becomes the stuff of dreams in this supernatural comedy about the power of rage and the strength of forgiveness.
Free!

Apr20

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Foundation Series: Ray Mantilla

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join us for a live outdoor concert with legendary conga player Ray Mantilla and his exciting quintet.
Free!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Apr23

Arts, Culture & Fun: Public Theater Mobile Unit: The Tempest

at ARROW Field HouseQueens This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Love plays games with revenge, and the stuff of nightmares becomes the stuff of dreams in this supernatural comedy about the power of rage and the strength of forgiveness.
Free!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Apr25

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Paula Hampton

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for live jazz with Paula Hampton, swinging drummer and bandleader from one of the great jazz families!
Free!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Apr27

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark: Create Your Own Graphic Novel

at Jackie Robinson Recreation Center (in Jackie Robinson Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
We will cover composition, image, and text relationships as well as lighting. All supplies will be provided. No experience necessary.
Free!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

May 2

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Cecil Morgan

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for this concert with Cecil Morgan, a real-deal blues singer who brings soulful conviction to a unique repertoire of blues, jazz, and R&B classics.
Free!

Friday, May 3, 2019

May 3

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Charles Davis and Moment to Moment

at Hansborough Recreation CenterManhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
A Milwaukee native based in Harlem for several decades now, Charles Davis' powerfully-soulful tenor saxophone playing can be heard several nights a week in uptown stalwart clubs.
Free!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May 8

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Alvin Flythe

at Roy Wilkins Recreation CenterQueens This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
A key player in Jamaica's funk scene, with credits on classic sessions alongside Tom Browne and Bernard Wright, Alvin Flythe is one of Queens' finest musicians.
Free!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

May 9

Arts, Culture & Fun: Art Workshop Series

at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation CenterQueens This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us as we partner with the Art Students League for this series of art workshops where you will learn the foundations of the use of watercolor paint.
Free!

May 9

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Jackie Williams Quartet

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a free concert with Jackie Williams, one of NYC's greatest living swing drummers.
Free!

Friday, May 10, 2019

May10

Arts, Culture & Fun: Mandala Workshop

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This workshop, we will paint and draw mandalas on heavy paper with improvisational music to help inspire us and unite the participants together into a creative flow state.
Free!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

May11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Hike and Paint

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Take a short hike with an Urban Park Ranger and collect natural objects of interest then meet with a trained watercolor teaching artist and we'll put those discoveries on paper, turning nature into art.
Free!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

May16

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Annette St. John

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Born and raised in Harlem, Annette St. John grew up in a very artistic family that influenced her musical style: equal parts jazz, blues, standards, and gospel.
Free!

Friday, May 17, 2019

May17

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Danny Walsh

at Tony Dapolito Recreation CenterManhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
A talented saxophonist and composer, Danny Walsh has worked with a wide array of jazz, blues, and R&B artists, including Weldon Irvine, Joe Locke, Donald Brown and Lenny White.
Free!

May17

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Eddie Allen

at The Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell (in Jackie Robinson Park)Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author, and educator Eddie Allen is known for his versatility. He has worked with Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Bette Midler, Gladys Knight, and more!
Free!

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

May23

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Marjorie Eliot & Friends

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
A multi-talented artist in the fields of jazz and theatre, Pianist Marjorie Eliot is perhaps best known for welcoming listeners into her Edgecombe Avenue parlor every Sunday since 1992.
Free!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

May25

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Foundation: Tito Matos and La Maquina Insular

at Bandstand (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Visiting from Puerto Rico, Tito Matos is a percussionist, bandleader, and community arts organizer who has worked with Eddie Palmieri, Ricky Martin, and Gloria Estefan. For this concert, Matos presents a special NYC edition of his plena group La Maquina Insular, which dominates the Afro-Boricua musical traditions.
Free!

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

May30

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Arthur Green

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for a concert with saxophonist Arthur Green who has a deep, soulful tone. Arthur leads his own band The Green Machine, featuring an appealing blend of jazz, funk, blues, and R&B.
Free!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Jun 1

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Concert with Eddie Allen

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Eddie Allen has worked with legends like Art Blakey, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, T.S. Monk, and Kool & the Gang!
Free!

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Jun 6

Arts, Culture & Fun: Art Workshop Series

at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation CenterQueens This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us as we partner with the Art Students League for this series of art workshops where you will learn the foundations of the use of watercolor paint. All supplies will be provided.
Free!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Jun 7

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz Foundation: Willie Martinez Quartet

at Sunset Park Recreation Center (in Sunset Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
A sought after drummer on the Latin scene, Willie Martinez is also a prolific arranger and composer, with a secret weapon: he is also a highly gifted vocalist
Free!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Jun13

Arts, Culture & Fun: Screening of Rebels On Pointe

at Washington Square Arch (in Washington Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams, and family, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the notorious all-male, drag ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
Free!

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Jun14

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ceramic Pottery Workshop

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Learn the art of Nerikomi and make your own clay cup. Nerikomi, also known as Agateware, is the Japanese term for ceramics created with a combination of contrasting clays.
Free!

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