• Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    The director of El Museo del Barrio, Julian Zugazagoitia, interviewed his son Alexandre, for the 2008 spring issue of NYCkidsARTS. See Alexandre's fun list of cultural organizations around the city for other kids, parents and teachers to enjoy.Julian Zugazagoitia: Alexandre, I know you enjoy doing “cultural” things in the City, could you tell us what do you like doing and why. Alexandre Zugazagoitia:  I like building houses at the Center for Architecture because it’s fun and you get to pick your own materials. I also like playing at El Museo del Barrio. Last time we made clay and I built ...

  • Latin America in New York

    Latin America in New York

    By Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas As a foundation executive for the past 20 years I have had an unbelievable exposure to the arts and culture that make New York City the vibrant and international destination it continues to be.  Coming to this country as a young immigrant from Cuba, I embraced all that the city has to offer in both traditional and nontraditional arts. There is something going on 24 hours a day throughout the five boroughs that stimulates the mind and the spirit. New York City is home to immigrants from all over the world and one-quarter of its 8 million ...

  • Journey to Africa

    Journey to Africa

    A land mass of nearly 12 million square miles and more than 900 million inhabitants, Africa is as diverse as it is vast.  From the pyramids of Egypt to the cosmopolitan cities of South Africa and from the sands of the Sahara to the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent boasts a variety of peerless landscapes and is rich in natural resources.  The reach of Africa’s artistic legacy is far-ranging, too, as indigenous rhythms and steps have influenced many music and dance styles—including blues, jazz, swing, gospel, reggae, calypso, rumba, meringue and samba—that the Americans call their own. The most ...

  • Copy of Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    Copy of Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    The director of El Museo del Barrio, Julian Zugazagoitia, interviewed his son Alexandre, for the 2008 spring issue of NYCkidsARTS. See Alexandre's fun list of cultural organizations around the city for other kids, parents and teachers to enjoy.

  • Native New York

    Native New York

    By John HaworthNovember is Native American Heritage Month. With the largest urban Native American population (approximately 90,000 people) in the country, New York City certainly is “Indian Country."  The National Museum of the American Indian, the American Indian Community House and  American Indian Artists (AMERINDA) are three organizations whose focus is in the field of Native American arts and culture. What makes New York City an extraordinary Native Place, however, is the diversity of museums and other cultural organizations that present Native American exhibitions and programs. Several of New York’s finest museums – from El Museo del Barrio to the ...

  • Journey to China

    Journey to China

    New York is a great place to begin exploring Chinese art, culture and history. The city is full of museums, cultural centers and performing arts venues that showcase contemporary or traditional Chinese art, artifacts, dance, theater or music.

  • New York: City of Immigrants

    New York: City of Immigrants

    When it comes to immigrants, New York City is number one. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, more than one third of New York City's eight million residents were born outside of the United States, making the Big Apple home to the largest foreign-born population in the country.

  • Give the Gift of Culture

    Give the Gift of Culture

    Give the gift of culture at one of hundreds of cultural institutions this holiday season. Below is a selection of special offers that are available. Last-minute shoppers can visit the Memberships, Discounts, Subscriptions, Gift Shops and Donations sections for a full list of organizations on NYC ARTS that offer holiday gift-giving opportunities.

  • Walk and Learn

    Walk and Learn

    Sometimes the best way to learn is by doing.By taking to the streets with a knowledgeable guide, New Yorkers can learn about architecture, science, literature and the city’s own rich history.

  • Journey to Japan

    Journey to Japan

    New York City’s fascination with Japanese culture goes back to the 19th century. A number of museums boast substantial permanent collections that showcase Japanese art and a host of groups offer special events and changing exhibitions. In 2004, leading Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi gave the city a major work through his design of the new Museum of Modern Art.

  • Nuts for the Nutcracker

    Nuts for the Nutcracker

    The original Nutcracker, Marius Petipa's ballet based on Alexander Dumas Pere's revised vision of E.T.A. Hoffman's L'Histoire d'un Casse Noisette (The Story of a Hazelnut-cracker) with music by Tchaikovsky, first premiered on December 17, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancing rodents led by a mouse soldier, the young heroine Clara and Tchaikovsky's score have become a holiday favorite, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the ballet, many of whom might never have gone otherwise. The popular ballet has even spawned spin-offs, including The Hard Nut (Mark Morris), The ...

  • Historic Houses in New York History

    Historic Houses in New York History

    From a 1772 Dutch farmhouse in Queens to the tiny Bronx cottage where Edgar Allan Poe wrote some of his best-known poems, New York has a plethora of homes of historic significance. The Historic House Trust, in partnership with the New York City Parks Department, preserves and promotes the 20 historic houses and other structures located inside city parks, all owned by the City of New York. It also offers educational resources for students and online lesson plans for teachers, as well as information about the historic structures on its Web site. For more information about specific exhibits, educational programs ...