Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center's multi-disciplinary cultural presentations explore both cultural traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400-seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving 46,000 schoolchildren from over 225 schools annually.
Brooklyn Center's 2011-2012 programs in Walt Whitman Theatre include three series, World Stages: Music and Dance, Solo Sensations, and Target FamilyFun, along with SchoolTime and free community events.
Brooklyn Center distinguishes itself by serving a largely Brooklyn-based audience. Brooklyn Center's cultural programs are designed to represent the many populations that comprise Brooklyn's 2.4 million residents, including African, African-American, Asian, Caribbean, Hispanic, Jewish, multi-ethnic youth, Russian and senior communities.
Artists and companies that have graced the stage include Luciano Pavarotti, Isaac Stern, Gregory Hines, Beverly Sills, Ray Charles, Itzhak Perlman, Martha Graham, Suzanne Farrell, Margot Fonteyn, Betty Buckley, Mandy Patinkin, Tommy Tune, Russian National Ballet Theatre, Les Ballet Africains, Moiseyev Dance Company, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Acting Company and the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica.
In partnership with Target, Brooklyn Center offers lower ticket prices for its family performances. Now in its 25th season, the Target FamilyFun series is designed to provide parents the opportunity to introduce their children to music, theater and dance.
Brooklyn Center partners with Target to bring quality, affordable and family-friendly performing arts programs to the diverse cultural communities of Brooklyn. For the past 24 years, Brooklyn Center has presented Sunday matinees specifically chosen for families with children ages 4 to 12. Tickets for the Brooklyn Center's 2011-2012 Target FamilyFun series range from $7 - $10. Target FamilyFun performances are on Sunday afternoons at 2pm -- see schedule for specific dates and shows.
Families wishing to attend other performances at Brooklyn Center (those not in the Target FamilyFun series) may purchase tickets for children ages 12 and under at 50% off.
SchoolTime, Brooklyn Center's fun and educational series of live theater, music and dance performances, is designed to help educators incorporate arts and literacy into their curriculums. SchoolTime performances are not only affordable, but also educationally, socially, and artistically relevant to the diverse student population of Brooklyn. Cultures from around the world are showcased in an effort to encourage curiosity for discovery in the minds of Brooklyn's youth, and perhaps to help cultivate the next generation of arts professionals and audiences as well.
Brooklyn Center's 2011-2012 SchoolTime series offers performances appropriate for grades pre-K through 12. All shows are scheduled on weekdays (10:15 am, 11 am or 12pm) from October to May at the Walt Whitman Theatre. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.