Community Arts

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

Two men playing an string instrument, one man playing a flute and a woman singing on a stage
A woman singing opera

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 arts organizations in New York City. 

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

September 2021 Update: The Community Arts program has resumed a limited schedule of in-person programming at the Bernie Wohl Center during our Fall 2021 season. For the safety of our community, we require that everyone age 12 and older show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 to enter the building. Absolutely everyone must stay masked and socially distanced while onsite.

Please contact for more information. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe!

Community Arts Program

Amanda Hopper,


212-799-9400 ext 4405

Goddard’s Bernie Wohl Center

647 Columbus Avenue

New York, NY 10025

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Upcoming Events

16oct 7:00PM

Generations X from Composers Concordance

Presented by Composers Concordance in collaboration with Goddard Riverside, this program includes compositions for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, performed by the Unheard-of//Ensemble.

Works featured include winners of the Generations competition: Matteo Dal Maso (25 and younger) and Rolf Johnson (65 and older).

The event will take place at the Bernie Wohl Center at 7:00pm on October 16th.

16oct 7:30PM

NK&D / a movement company: Between the Balance

A dance theater piece, “between the balance,” discusses the fragile equilibrium of the human self in light of the pandemic. This story is told through the dancers’ dialogue, gestures and movement that is confined to a physical box drawn on the floor as well as virtual boxes. This work is created for two audiences – a virtual zoom audience and a live-in person audience.

Tickets available for in-person or virtually through Zoom!

The physical, live audience will experience both the live event, as well as parts of the zoom performance projected onto the wall behind the dancers.

Performance on October 16th at 7:30 PM and October 17th at 4:00 PM

Calendar Breakdown of Recurring Shows

NK&D / a movement company: Between the BalanceIn person or virtual tickets available! Information above.
4:00pmCulture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery

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