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

NOTICE (December 2021): The Community Arts program has temporarily paused all further activities while renovations are underway at the Bernie Wohl Center. Please check here or join our mailing list for continued updates. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Center in 2022!

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!

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

24jan 8:00PM

Katie Hyun and Quodlibet Ensemble

For the Musical Evenings 2022 Season, join us for a performance by Katie Hyun, a winner of Astral Artists’ 2016 National Auditions, is passionate about bridging the gap between the very oldest and very latest chamber music. She is the founder and director of the chamber orchestra Quodlibet Ensemble which is committed to that vision. 

The event will be held at Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave (Btw. 91st and 92nd Street), New York, NY 10025. Attendees are required to show proof of COVID vaccination.  

Limited tickets will be available. Purchase your ticket today!

Save the Date!

Gold Standard Arts Festivals kick-off party will be on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 6:30 PM at Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center at 647 Columbus Ave. Attendees are required to show proof of COVID vaccination.  

At the party, we will recognize established older artists for their incredible still relevant contributions. Some of our special guests include comedian Judy Gold and legendary playwright Tina Howe. Stay up to date on the festival page.

Gold Standard Arts Festival COMING SOON!

The Gold Standard Arts Festival will take place from April 25, 2022, to May 1, 2022. The Community Arts program is hosting this brand new festival in partnership with Festival Directors Caytha Jentis and Eileen Katz.

Gold Standard celebrates emerging and established film, theater, and comedy artists 50+ years old. Proceeds will benefit Goddard’s programs for Older Adults.

Visit the webpage for any event updates.

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