Staff Picks: Arts, Culture & Fun
New York City's parks are renowned for offering unforgettable experiences and celebrations of our city's rich culture and talent. Through our Arts, Culture & Fun program along with partners and friends, we bring free concerts, movie screenings, art workshops, theater, and dance classes to parks citywide, and now we're bringing it to you, so you can enjoy Parks@Home.
Enjoy these staff selections from the best of our Arts, Culture & Fun partners and friends' virtual and online programs:
- SummerStage is thrilled to present a new digital series: Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere. Each weekend this summer, they'll be presenting exclusive digital performances that you can watch from anywhere, including a new show "The People Speak" that reflects on current social justice issues through discussions, music, and art.
- Catch some great jazz from the coolest cats around courtesy of #thenewgig on the Jazz Foundation's Facebook page.
- Kick off your weekend with free live-streamed and archived concerts and performances at Joe's Pub Live every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
- Check out this virtual performance of "Still I Will Love" from the Public Theater's production of As You Like It. The performance is a collaboration of more than 150 Public Works members, including Park's Brownsville Recreation Center!
- Sunday, June 21, is the longest day of the year, and for the past thirteen years, it has also been a special day on which New Yorkers have poured into the streets to learn, share, celebrate and make music. This year, Make Music New York will celebrate with a lineup of virtual concerts, group performances, and music lessons for all to enjoy at no cost! Sign up to join.
SummerStage brings dozens of concerts to our parks each summer, now you can relive them from home! (Image courtesy of CityParks Foundation)
- The Public Theater's Mobile Unit has brought live theater to our recreation centers twice a year for six years. The Public Theater is now inviting the world to use Shakespeare’s words to connect with friends, family, and communities, all from their homes. Every week, across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, they'll focus on a different passage or scene from Shakespeare and invite everyone to join in and create! Check out the Brave New Shakespeare Challenge and be sure to check out Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet translated into Spanish!
Through our Arts, Culture & Fun program, the Public Theater 's Mobile Unit has brought this captivating performance of Romeo and Juliet at Faber Park Recreation Center. (photo credit: Erik Pearson, courtesy of The Public Theater)
- Join Virtually BAAD! for live dance performances, plus live chats about art and community-building, and more!
- If you missed our free Ailey Extension dance classes in the park, you can now take their classes online!
- Watch the 2020 Queensboro Dance Festival from home! From May 16 - Oct. 4, you can tune in each week for live performances, classes, and more. Check out the lineup and watch previous shows in Forest Park and Rockaway Beach on YouTube!
Join El Museo del Barrio for upcoming online events, from the Coqui Club for the little ones in your casita, to Jueves Social and Sabado Familiar to baila with El Museo.
Last summer, our Arts, Culture & Fun program hosted unforgettable performances by talented dancers in Forest Park! (photo credit: Reiko Yanagi, courtesy of the Queensboro Dance Festival)
- Looking for a new book to read? Ask the New York Public Library for book recommendations on Twitter! Share what you've been reading lately or which genres and authors you love and @NYPLRecommends will tell you what to read next. Follow @NYPLRecommends; the Reader Services Team offers recommendations on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
You can visit the city's museums and cultural institutions online to explore amazing art from home, stay connected, and find activities for children. Check out:
- Check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Virtual Events
- Enjoy Two Hours of Meditative Chanting from the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum
- Check out Whitney from Home's art classes for kids and the Whitney Story series
- Visit the Bronx Documentary Center online to browse amazing photographs by internationally-renowned and emerging photographers whose work focuses on themes around justice, education, community-building, and positive social change,
- Tune in to LGBTQ Teen Night at the Brooklyn Museum this Friday, June 12
- Check out The Museum of Modern Art's family art-making activities in English and Espanol, and learn how to teach art at home with a museum educator.
- Explore the Morgan Library and Museum from home with The Morgan, Connected.
- Head to Bronx Museum at Home to go on guided tours of the Bronx Museum
- Try out these Illustration workshops with the Society of Illustrators, which teaches kids about illustration as they have been doing for 20 years with children from Parks Recreation Center
Every summer, our rec center kids, through our Arts, Culture & Fun program learn all about illustration at the Summer Illustration Art Academy in partnership with the Society of Illustrators! (Image courtesy of the Society of Illustrators)
Fun Workout Tips From a Pro Athlete
Join Olympian, marathoner, author, and actor Alexi Pappas on Instagram at @AlexiPappas for daily inspirational tips on running, working out, and life. This year, Alexi Pappas along with Director/husband Jeremy Teicher spoke at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center about their film, Olympic Dreams. Alexi Pappas is a 2016 Olympian and an award-winning actor and writer and has been profiled on the cover of numerous magazines, including recently on Sports Illustrated where she spoke about running during the pandemic.
More from Parks@Home
While you stay home, we're bringing the Parks experience to you with Parks@Home! For more virtual/online programs, including live tours, art tutorials, and fitness, visit our Parks@Home page.
Staff Picks: Movies in Parks At Home
Make movie night Parks-themed with our staff picks! From classics to rom-coms to new faves, watch our selection of films set in our near our parks. View our movie picks
Art Tutorials with the Art Students League
The Art Students League Seeds of the League brings quality art instruction to our recreation centers and outdoor parks, and now you can enjoy classes from home! Check out Art as Meditation with Max & Jacob Cohen, Paper Cutting with Megumi, and DIY Origami Tulips and Botanical Printmaking with Sonomi Kobayashi.
Tune in to the soundtrack of our parks with our specially-curated music playlists! Enjoy while you work from home, commute to your essential job, or host a party online. Listen to our music playlists
The Arsenal Gallery Goes Online
Check out our latest exhibition, Alice Momm's The Gleaner's Song, a love song to Central Park that pays tribute to the ragged beauty of found objects in nature. View this exhibition online