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

Please Note: For the safety of our community, all in-person public performances have been postponed until further notice. In the meantime, please join our mailing list or see below for our schedule of online events!

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!

Community Arts Program

Amanda Hopper,


212-799-9400 ext 4405

647 Columbus Avenue

New York, NY 10025

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Upcoming Events

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Asata in Technoland

A troubled teen gets pulled into an imaginary world called Technoland, where they have to dismantle the system and go up against a mega-computer in order to learn the importance of compromise, compassion and connection. With all of this — and a little singing and dancing — will they find their way home? Will they EVER escape Technoland? You’ll have to join us to find out!

Asata in Technoland is a very special show conceived by and for the Performing Arts Conservatory campers along with our wonderful artistic team. We can’t wait to share their work with you and to celebrate the INCREDIBLE creativity, dedication and talent that all of our campers brought this summer!


Health & Safety
Please note that this will be an in-person performance and all attendees will be required to confirm their vaccination status when purchasing a ticket. (This does not mean that you need to be vaccinated to attend.) Seating at the theater will be arranged to allow for proper social distancing and compliance with all COVID-19 safety protocols. Because of this, seating capacity is somewhat limited, so please purchase your tickets earlier rather than later just to be on the safe side!


Every other Tuesday @ 7:30pm on ZoomTickets: $10 on Eventbrite

Our performance and conversation series, UWS Live Tuesdays, presents Afro Roots every other Tuesday evening on Zoom. Host Kevin Nathaniel welcomes a musical guest for an evening of intimate performance and compelling conversation about artistry, inspiration, cultural history and much, much more. The musicians featured on Afro Roots span a wide range of genres, mediums and traditions.

After a brief break, performances will resume in September.

Please visit Community Arts on Eventbrite for tickets.

*All events remote until further notice.

Classes and Workshops

Performing Arts Conservatory

We are very excited to announce that the 2021 Performing Arts Conservatory will run for seven weeks this summer, from Tuesday, July 6th, through Thursday, August 19th.

We’re also thrilled to confirm that we’ll be back in person this year!

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Register for Ballet & Dance Classes

Goddard Riverside Beacon Program in concert with Ballet and Beyond NYC is offering free ballet and dance classes!

Beginner Ballet, Advanced Beginner Ballet, Intermediate Ballet Beginner Modern Dance, Intermediate Modern Dance Hip Hop and Improv

Classes are held through December 2020. For more information email or
or call 212-799-9400 x4401

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

*All classes remote until further notice.