Community Arts

Providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience and participate in the arts

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Goddard Riverside’s Community Arts program provides opportunities for people of all ages to experience and participate in the arts through original and professional-caliber performing and visual arts events, as well as workshops, classes, lectures, and partnerships with renowned artists and arts organizations in New York City.

Community Arts events take place at the Bernie Wohl Center, at Columbus Avenue between 91st and 92nd Street. The Center’s versatile auditorium serves as a concert hall, theater in the round, dance performance space, art gallery, film venue, and more! 

Please check below or join our mailing list for more information on upcoming programs and events.  

If you are interested in using our space, we will begin taking reservations for our next season (September through June) in July 2022.

The Community Arts office is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Bernie Wohl Center. Outside of those hours, please reach us via email at or phone at 212-799-9400 x4405. 

As always, the health and safety of our community is our highest priority. We are actively monitoring the public health please note that we are actively monitoring the public health situation and following all mandated COVID-19 protocols. Until further notice, all visitors to the Bernie Wohl Center are required to:

  • Show proof of vaccination (all individuals age 12 and over) or proof of at least one vaccination dose (all children age 5 to 11)
  • Sign in with a brief self-screening (all individuals)
  • Wear a mask or proper face covering (all individuals age 2 and over) except when actively eating or drinking
  • Maintain social distancing (3 to 6 feet) as possible

Thank you for helping keep our community safe!

Accessibility Notice

Please note that there are 8 rather steep steps leading down into the Bernie Wohl Center’s auditorium. While the Center is equipped with a motorized stair lift and assistance for anyone who requires it, individuals do need to transition themselves into and out of the stair lift’s chair.

Community Arts Program Office

212-799-9400 ext 4405

Goddard’s Bernie Wohl Center

647 Columbus Avenue

New York, NY 10025

Upcoming Events

19may 7:30PM

Flawed Choir

At a radio station in New York, Russian émigré actors record commercials. Business as usual isn’t so usual – yesterday The Maestro, the director of the theater in which they worked, died unexpectedly. He leaves a last will and testament, a final wish to accompany his journey. He wants the actors to sing his favorite song. A choir… Not everyone is thrilled with the Maestro’s final eccentric desire. The heroes reflect, fall in and out of conflict, they cannot decide what to do. Through disputes and dialogues, characters appear, destinies and families collapse, and, as it often happens, secrets come to light. This situation seems absurd, if only at first glance, and this is the intrigue of the Choir. In the finale, all that remains is to wipe away both tears of laughter and melancholy …

Tickets: $35/ Door $40

May 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 – Thursday – Saturday: 7:30pm

21may 3:00PM

Here Comes The Sun: Stories of Hope and Resiliency!

Join four creative writers explore their own special neighborhoods.

Discover sources of spirit and optimism in their imaginative view of urban life . Join us!

The writers for the program are Irvin Schonfeld, Constance H.Gemson, Pam Bens and Andreia Alfonso.

24may 7:00PM

UWS Live Tuesdays: Dan Cooper Quartet & Miolina

Goddard Riverside’s Community Arts program is proud to present another installment of the UWS Live Tuesdays series, bringing you incredible musicians on special Tuesday evenings at the Bernie Wohl Center.

Our last event of the season will take place on Tuesday, May 24th, and feature the phenomenal Dan Cooper Quartet and Miolina!

Miolina is Mioi Takeda (violin) and Lynn Bechtold (violin, composer). They have been called “talented and dedicated” (Arts Birmingham) and noted for displaying “aggressive and virtuosic prowess” with “brilliance of sound, technical mastery, and stunning expressitivity” (I CARE IF YOU LISTEN). Dan Cooper of the Dan Cooper Quartet is a multitalented musician and educator. His compositions have been described as “full of instrumental virtuosity and sly humor” (Fanfare) and “invigoratingly eclectic to the max” (Strings Magazine).

9june 8:00PM

Out of the Box: About Five by Tenn

Out of the Box’s June 2022 production will be an evening of five Tennessee Williams one-act plays: “The Strangest Kind of Romance,” “The Last of My Solid Gold Watches,” “The Lady of Larkspur Lotion,” “Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen” and “Hello from Bertha.”

While each play is set within a rather shabby bedroom in a rather seedy location from East St. Louis to New Orleans, the audience is introduced to a delightful range of nine female and eight male Williams characters striving to survive and thrive within their less-than-fortunate situations.

The evening, which will also include evocative musical interludes from the 1940s and 1950s, will bring laughter and tears from this brilliant painter of American scenarios.

​The production will be directed by Ward Nixon.

Thursday & Friday | June 9 & 10 @ 8pm
Saturday | June 11 @ 3pm and 8pm
Sunday | June 12 @ 3pm
Thursday & Friday | June 16 & 17 @ 8pm
Saturday | June 18 @ 3pm* and 8pm
Sunday | June 19 @ 3pm

*This performance will feature ASL interpretation.

Gold Standard Arts Festival

The Community Arts program hosted this brand new festival in partnership with Festival Directors Caytha Jentis and Eileen Katz. The Gold Standard Arts Festival took place from April 24, 2022, to May 1, 2022.

Classes and Workshops

Sing with the Young People’s Chorus

Join Young People’s Chorus of New York and experience music-making, joy, and friendship!

Open auditions are available for young people entering grades 3-8. No prior training is required. Rehearsals begin in the fall.

To learn more and request an audition visit the YPC website.

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Ballet & Dance Classes for Youth

Goddard Riverside’s Beacon and Community Arts programs are proud to partner with Ballet and Beyond NYC to offer FREE ballet and dance classes to youth during the school year (September to June).

Students can choose from the following classes: Basic Ballet, Intermediate Ballet, Basic Hip Hop / Street Jazz, Intermediate Hip Hop / Street Jazz, Basic Modern, and Intermediate Modern.

To register, please complete an online registration form and a DYCD form (download below). Both forms must be completed in order to register.

For more information, please contact Michelle Cave at Ballet and Beyond NYC at

Available on Demand

Creative Jazz: Nicole Kadar, artistic director of NK&D / a movement company, leads a jazz dance class on video that is designed for seniors but suitable for all ages! 

Ballet Barre: Michelle Cave’s Ballet Barre Class is available on YouTube – access high-quality ballet instruction anytime, anywhere.
Beginning Ballet:
 Ballet and Beyond NYC offers two online Beginning Ballet Class videos taught by Xenia Mansou.
Beginning Ballet Class 1 Video
 and Spotify Playlist for Beginning Ballet Class 1
Beginning Ballet Class 2 Video
 and Spotify Playlist for Beginning Ballet Class 2