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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | New York Public Library

Free admissionMon, Tues & Wed: 12 pm-8 pm Thurs & Fri: 11 am - 6 pm Sat: 10 am - 5 pmThe Schomburg Center is one the most important locations outside of Africa for the study of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Among its five million volumes are rarities like a handwritten prayer by Phillis Wheatley, one of the first known African-American poets, a reprint of Jupiter Hammon's 1781 Address to the Negroes of the State of New York, the original typescript of Richard Wright's novel Native Son and the scrapbook of Ira Aldridge, a 19th-century Shakespearean actor. ...

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

This building is the new campus center for Parsons The New School for Design. It combines learning and public program spaces with exhibition galleries. With an award-winning design by Lyn Rice Architects, whose principal Lyn Rice was part of the team behind Dia:Beacon, the center combines the ground level of four historic buildings to form an innovative, contemporary 'urban quad.' The center features the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery and Auditorium, and the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries. These spaces present exhibitions and public programs exploring key issues within contemporary culture through the work of architects, artists and designers. The ...

Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

Opened in 1891, the largest hall at Carnegie Hall has showcased some of the world's greatest soloists, conductors and ensembles. Throughout its century-plus history, the space has been the forum for important jazz events, historic lectures, noted educational forums and much more. Designed by architect and cellist William Burnett Tuthill and renovated in 1986, the auditorium's curvilinear design allows the stage to become a focal point embraced by five levels of seating, which accommodates up to 2,804. The auditorium's acoustics have made it a favorite of audiences and performers alike.View a seating chart

The Center for the Humanities: City University of New York

The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, was founded in 1993 as a public forum for people who take ideas seriously inside and outside the academy. All events are free and open to the public.

The Cooper Union – The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium

The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium is an important center of intellectual and artistic activity at Cooper Union. This 200-seat theater features state-of-the-art multi-media capabilities and plays host to a variety of events, including lectures, concerts and panels. Thought leaders and artists from around the world have visited the auditorium to share their work and engage in dialogues with the Cooper community.

The Greene Space

The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space's mission is to galvanize conversations around the life, arts and politics of our city and our world, and to be a platform for innovation and experimentation. Opened in 2009 on the ground floor of New York Public Radio’s headquarters, the performance space welcomes New Yorkers inside to experience great radio as it’s created.

The Irondale Center

The Irondale Center for Theater, Education, and Outreach in development resides in the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church's former Sunday school room. The grand room spans 5,400 square feet, has 28-foot ceilings, a 1,900-square-foot mezzanine/gallery, gothic-style wall paintings and stained glass windows. The Center includes a flexible, 200-seat performance space and offices for Irondale. The center opened in 2008 and is available to outside arts groups.See more information about the space.

The New School, Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street

Designed and built in the 1930s by legendary architect Joseph Urban, the Auditorium is an impressive 468-seat venue with a proscenium style stage. It was named one of the world's most powerful rooms by ABC news in 2014, thanks to the incredible roster of public figures and leaders who have spoken there.

The Philoctetes Center

The Center is housed on the third floor of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.