Community Arts

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

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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!

Amanda Hopper,


212-799-9400 ext 4405

647 Columbus Avenue

New York, NY 10025

Upcoming Events

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UWS Live Tuesdays: Afro Roots featuring Spirit Breath by Colette Michaan

UWS Live Tuesdays: Afro Roots (Afro Roots Tuesdays) is proud to present Spirit Breath by flutist Colette Michaan, who will be joining host Kevin Nathaniel for an evening for performance and conversation.

An intimate evening of solo flute performance by Colette Michaan, inspired by musical genres from around the world.

A first generation American and native New Yorker of Egyptian-Syrian heritage, Colette Michaan is a flutist who has been influenced, inspired and informed by musical traditions of North and West Africa, Cuba, Southeast Asia, and the Americas.

Every March, during Women’s History Month, we host an exciting month-long arts festival celebrating female artists and perspectives. Now in its sixth year, the Women’s History Artist Month festival — WHAM — showcases a wide range of local independent artists and helps raise vital funding for the Performing Arts Conservatory.


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.

Performances during the Winter and Spring 2021 seasons will take place on: January 19th, February 16th, March 2nd, March 16th, March 30th, April 13th, April 27th, May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd. 

Please visit Community Arts on Eventbrite for tickets.

Classes and Workshops

*All classes remote until further notice.

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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