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  • Art Summer Camps in August

    Art Summer Camps in August

    There's still time for camp this summer! Cultural groups in New York offer the opportunity to delve into hobbies as diverse as mural making, gardening, design, dancing and more. Several city cultural groups are still accepting registration for their summer camp programs in August. There are also drop-in events unrelated to camp that provide some summer social time with other kids and youth. 

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    Rather than scaring kids silly, these late-October parties engage young revelers in creative projects, hands-on crafts and educational programs. Though the themes are ghoulish, costumed kids need not be afraid of what goes bump in these nights (or days). However, for teens that crave an old-time fright, there are a couple of gorier events catering to them. And for trick-or-treaters young or old, here's hoping that a certain Halloween tradition stays the same:  the sugary sweets.

  • All Things Dutch

    All Things Dutch

    Celebrate the continuous influence of Dutch arts and culture in New York City -- from the city's enterprising, multicultural origins as a Dutch colony to the pivotal role of contemporary Dutch artists and designers in today's international cultural scene.  5 Dutch Days kicks it off in November with an annual celebration of all things Dutch, but there are programs and activities all year long that celebrate our history as Niew Amsterdam.  From house tours at the Brooklyn Museum to Peg-Leg Pete's Scavenger Hunt, there are programs and activities for all ages all around the city.  Go Dutch!

  • Fashion Week Inspiration

    Fashion Week Inspiration

    The ante is upped for style-conscious New Yorkers come Fashion Week (September 10-17), a biannual affair that turns Bryant Park into a tent city of the rich and famous, who get an eyeful of what designer threads they'll be sporting in the months to come.The catwalk shows are by invitation only, but haute couture is available to all in several museum exhibitions and tours that coincide with Fashion Week. Fashion professionals who need a quiet moment can steal away from the main Tent at Bryant Park to the New York Public Library, which Fashion Week regular Carrie Bradshaw chose as ...

  • Thanksgiving Events for Children

    Thanksgiving Events for Children

    Assuming they are still awake after eating all that turkey, kids can keep busy over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday with activities and events that remain open for business We're making a list, and checking it twice on our Facebook page: What do you want this year? http://www.facebook.com/pages/NYC-ARTS-for-Alliance-for-the-Arts/32638086986?v=app_2373072738&ref=ts#!/topic.php?uid=32638086986&topic=18303

  • Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas

    Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas

    This festival celebrating the extraordinary range of artistic expression in the Muslim world stretches across city boroughs and into the most esteemed cultural institutions of the city. Asia Society, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and New York University Center for Dialogues present Muslim artists and speakers from as far away as Asia, Africa and the Middle East and as near as Brooklyn in this unprecedented ten-day festival and conference. Events will be held at the presenters' venues and at partner sites across the city. Through performances, films, exhibitions, talks and other events—ranging from the traditional (calligraphy, storytelling and Sufi chanting) ...

  • Labor Day:  Culture Works Overtime

    Labor Day: Culture Works Overtime

    New York City offers many ways for the hard-working person to kick back and have some fun over the three-day holiday weekend.Bodies in motion is the theme of outdoor parties like the West Indian American Day Parade along Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway and the final Warm Up dance party at P.S.1 in Queens. Other quintessential summer activities, like cooking over an open flame or sleeping under an open sky, is what city campers at the Queens County Farm Museum's overnight barbecue will be doing Sunday into Monday.While the summer sun continues to warm the water, Governors Island hosts a two-mile swim, ...

  • A Canadian in New York: Jake Epstein

    A Canadian in New York: Jake Epstein

    Ever wonder if there's a teen idol in entertainment more interested in the arts than celebrity? American audiences have found a true craftsman and art devotee in Toronto native Jake Epstein, currently starring as Melchior Gabor on the first U.S. national tour of Spring Awakening. Though he's now channeling the spirit of a rebel in turn-of-the-20th-century Germany, Epstein is best known for his role as Craig Manning in the award-winning teen drama series "Degrassi," set in a contemporary high school. Just as edgy as the musical Spring Awakening, the Canadian television series has taken root in the U.S. and is now ...

  • Gavin Creelâs Top Ten Picks for NYC ARTS

    Gavin Creelâs Top Ten Picks for NYC ARTS

    This feature appeared on NYC ARTS and NYCkidsARTS in 2009. One of Gavin's picks, the musical Next to Normal, closed after 755 performances on January 16, 2011. The show garnered three Tony Awards that year: Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley.Actor and singer Gavin Creel has had theater fans hooked since his Tony-nominated debut as Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002). He went on to play Jean-Michel in the 2004 Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles and Bert in London’s West End production of Mary Poppins. He’s ...

  • Attention, Teachers: School Program Updates

    Attention, Teachers: School Program Updates

    These organizations have recently updated their school program information on NYCkidsARTS so that they can share their specialty with your students—such as Shakespeare plays, Chinese calligraphy and flamenco music and dance—as well as hands-on activities that support your lesson plans in social studies, math, science and more. When you book your visit, ask if there are study materials available to prepare for or follow up your class experience. Many cultural organizations on NYCkidsARTS describe education activities in the Schools/Groups section of their profile. Programs might include tours, workshops and special in-school or on-site performances. Descriptions about educational outreach include maximum ...

  • Native American Heritage Month

    Native American Heritage Month

    By John HaworthNovember is both Native American Heritage Month and a time when schools focus on Thanksgiving crafts and the history of Native Americans introducing foods to new European settlers. Children may be surprised to learn that while the Puritans no longer exist as a cultural group, the Native American community is going strong in New York City, with the largest urban Native American population of approximately 90,000 people. Looking directly to the West of the National Museum of the American Indian, I have a full view Ellis Island.  How amazing it is to work in a cultural institution dedicated ...

  • Lower Manhattan Summer Arts Events

    Lower Manhattan Summer Arts Events

    From Houston Street to the harbor, arts organizations and events are integral to the cherished blocks (and islands) of real estate in and off Lower Manhattan. Diverse and enormous sites have been reclaimed for culture—Governors Island and National Museum of the American Indian--Smithsonian in the former Customs House—and humble locations in storefronts or former tenements draw international art connoisseurs. Summertime events, breezes off the harbor and shade cast by famous skyscrapers or leafy parks make the Financial District, Battery Park and the parks along the Hudson River particularly pleasant to explore on weekends. Across from City Hall Park, dancers perform ...

  • National Parks Week, September 19-27

    National Parks Week, September 19-27

    National Parks Week NYC is a series of free, public events that celebrate and illuminate the country's park system. Families can enjoy New York City's national parks and learn about others all across America. The week's activities include outdoor art workshops on Governors Island; special after-hours tours of Grant's Tomb, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; and an exhibit of Japanese artist Chiura Obata's early 20th century paintings of Yosemite. The signature event of the week, Feel Free: A National Parks Celebration in Central Park, is an evening of music and film in Central Park's East Meadow that features ...

  • City Favorites of Montague Rat

    City Favorites of Montague Rat

    By Tor Seidler, author of many children's books including Gully's Travels, Mean Margaret, The Wainscott Weasel and A Rat's Tale.  Of all the novels for young readers I’ve written, my favorite in many ways remains one of my earliest: A Rat's Tale.  Montague Mad-Rat has been around for almost 25 years now, which in rat years would make him pretty old and wizened, I suppose.  But I like to think of him as the same shy young rat who collects feathers for his mother’s rat hats in Central Park and who, when he falls in love for the first time, ...

  • Summer Family Activities in Lower Manhattan

    Summer Family Activities in Lower Manhattan

    From Houston Street to the harbor, arts organizations and events are integral to the cherished blocks (and islands) of real estate in and off Lower Manhattan. Diverse and enormous sites have been reclaimed for culture—Governors Island and National Museum of the American Indian--Smithsonian in the former Customs House—and humble locations in storefronts or former tenements draw international art connoisseurs. Summertime events, breezes off the harbor and shade cast by famous skyscrapers or leafy parks make the Financial District, Battery Park and the parks along the Hudson River particularly pleasant to explore on weekends. Across from City Hall Park, dancers perform ...

  • National Parks Week in New York:  September 19-27

    National Parks Week in New York: September 19-27

    National Parks Week NYC is a series of free, public events that celebrate and illuminate the country's park system, especially the ones in New York City. The week's activities include special after-hours tours of Grant's Tomb, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; a talk with Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City; and an exhibit of Japanese artist Chiura Obata's early 20th century paintings of Yosemite. The signature event of the week, Feel Free: A National Parks Celebration in Central Park, is an evening of music and film in the East Meadow that features ...

  • William Ivey Long’s New York

    William Ivey Long’s New York

    This feature originally appeared on NYC ARTS and NYCkidsARTS in 2009.  Costume designer William Ivey Long has five Tony Awards under his belt and has just finished the last tucks, pleats and hemlines on 580 outfits that represent the rise and fall of aspiring singers in Dreamgirls. The musical revival launched its national tour with a month of performances at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. While the "Dreams" are fictional (based on Diana Ross and the Supremes), real-life music idols such as the Pointer Sisters and Mick Jagger have also been outfitted by the costume designer. New York productions that Mr. Long ...

  • Museum Mile Festival 2010

    Museum Mile Festival 2010

    The wealth of world-class museums and cultural institutions along the Upper East Side's stretch of  Fifth Avenue has given the blocks the moniker, "Museum Mile," offering the most diverse art-viewing opportunities on any given mile in the country. On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 the 32nd annual Museum Mile Festival takes place rain or shine. This tradition unites the artistic community from 82nd to 105th Streets for an evening of food, fun, live performances. Entrance to all Museum Mile museums is free and musicians and performers entertain on Fifth Avenue, which is closed to traffic. An opening ceremony takes place at ...

  • 20at20:  Off-Broadway Rush Tickets for $20

    20at20: Off-Broadway Rush Tickets for $20

    In the spirit of Restaurant Week comes 20at20, a two-week opportunity to purchase $20 rush tickets to Off-Broadway theater performances.From Monday, January 25 through Sunday, February 7, $20 tickets are available starting 20 minutes prior to show time. Ticket buyers must mention “20at20” at the box office in order to get the discount, which is subject to availability.

  • Give the Gift of Culture in 2009

    Give the Gift of Culture in 2009

    Give the gift of culture at one of hundreds of cultural institutions this holiday season. Below is a selection of groups that offer great gift items, be it a special ticket offer, gift store item, membership or subscription. You can also visit the Memberships, Discounts, Subscriptions, Gift Shops and Donations sections on the left of this Web page for a full list of organizations on NYC ARTS that offer holiday gift-giving opportunities.Thank you for giving the gift of culture. 

  • Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

    Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

    Libraries, museums and orchestras are honoring the the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth with special events. Bicentennials always draw attention to historic figures, but Lincoln has also been discussed this year in relation to the country's new president. Many media commentators compared President Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln, a famous president who sought to unite a divided country.   The savior of the Union and our country’s 16th president was born on February 12, 1809. Lincoln was an avid reader during his humble upbringing on an Indiana farm, seeking out titles such as Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, Robinson Crusoe, and The ...

  • Destination Chelsea

    Destination Chelsea

    Chelsea, the neighborhood bounded by West 30th and 14th Streets, and Seventh Avenue and the Hudson River, has several hallmarks: elite art galleries in the West 20s; velvet rope dance clubs; a gay community; and eateries lining Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Standout, unique attractions within the scene have come together as Destination Chelsea to build awareness of its diversity. Destination Chelsea.org has a cultural events calendar, neighborhood blog, and ratings of local businesses. Founded in 2003 by Dance Theater Workshop in association with the Joyce Theater and the Atlantic Theater Company, Destination Chelsea is a partnership of 22 community cultural institutions, ...

  • Harbor Day & Heritage Weekend for Kids

    Harbor Day & Heritage Weekend for Kids

    Four hundred years ago, Henry Hudson and the Dutch ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon) arrived at what is now New York Harbor. To mark this historic occasion, the year-long Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebrates Harbor Day on Sunday, September 13 and statewide Heritage Weekend events on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.Harbor Day highlights New York City’s revitalized waterfront and continuing friendship with the Dutch. The festivities span six major waterside parks—the Battery, Battery Park City, Hudson River Park, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Snug Harbor—that are all accessible by free rental bikes and water taxi rides.The first annual ...

  • Holiday Happenings

    Holiday Happenings

    It’s not only gift-shopping that draws tourists and day-trippers to New York, but the enchantment of seasonal events in a city that already sparkles year-round. Music, theater and dance performances, lighting ceremonies, and special activities at cultural institutions mark the December holiday season that encompasses the diverse traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Performances of The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza and a Kwanzaa celebration at the American Museum of Natural History are just some of the activities that are traditions ...

  • February Mid-Winter Recess: Kids on Vacation

    February Mid-Winter Recess: Kids on Vacation

    Just because it's the middle of the winter doesn't mean that kids have to spend their break cooped up inside. There are plenty of activities around New York City for kids and families to enjoy together during this week-long respite. Some places, such as the Children's Museum of Arts, are even extending their open days during the school holiday. Others, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are always free for New York City public school students; the Sports Museum of America is reducing ticket prices for children this week. Whether they're viewing a tugboat exhibit at the Noble Maritime Museum, ...