Community Engagement

Community Intro


New York City Center Community Engagement programs empower communities and young people through the arts and provide access to great performances. Our community partnerships are developed collaboratively, ensuring programming is responsive and relevant to each community’s interests. To enhance participant experience, we welcome community members to attend connected City Center productions at our beautiful theater in Midtown Manhattan.

Interested in becoming a partner? Email to start a conversation.

Community Partnerships

Examples of Community Partnerships

  • The Creative Careers Residency with Queens Community House introduced creative and design careers in theater inspired by Encores! Jelly’s Last Jam.
  • The Artivism Lab pilot program at The Door worked with young artists to discover their personal agency and creativity as a tool for change.
  • A series of artistic career panels were held for teens at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, introducing careers including arts administration, teaching artistry, and choreography.
  • Actors from CO/LAB (Creative Opportunities without Limits And Boundaries) participated in a pre-show workshop and a pre-show talk with teaching artists and cast members during Encores! Once Upon a Mattress.
  • The Flamenco workshop series led by City Center teaching artists at DOROT Senior Center guided participants through the fundamentals of Flamenco dance during the run of the Flamenco Festival at City Center
  • A series of musical theater and dance residencies were offered at various locations with the New York Parks & Recreation Centers.

Programs & Events

There are many ways to connect with New York City Center. Check out our signature programs developed in partnership with community.

Artivism Lab

A free eight-week program for artists ages 16–24 that blends the creative arts with social and political activism.

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Street Dance Ambassadors

A free six-week program for dancers ages 16-24 to hone your skills with some of the biggest talents in street dance.

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Community Nights

Free post-show events inviting audiences and community members to meet and mingle with each other and special guests while our concessions remain open.

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