Community Arts

A unique point of access for community-driven expression, healing, & togetherness!

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Goddard Riverside’s Community Arts program provides opportunities for people of all ages to experience and participate in the arts. Our shared multi-use spaces serve as a creative resource hub for the Upper West Side community to share, learn, heal, explore, innovate, and excel. We are committed to countering adversity with joy and strive to meet the needs of those of us currently experiencing financial hardship and members of historically marginalized groups. 

Community Arts events take place at the Bernie Wohl Center, at Columbus Avenue between W 91st and 92nd Street.

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Community Arts is proud to be supported by:

New York State of Opportunity Council on the Arts
NYC Cultural Affairs
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In tandem with our community partners and artists-in-residence, our seasons present inclusive & inter-disciplinary arts events focused on the diversification, betterment, and enrichment of our local community. We invite you to join us for : 

  • performances, classes, and workshops that stimulate your creativity  
  • community initiatives where you can get connected with resources 
  • seasonal celebrations and festivities for the whole family
  • informative, interactive panels and screenings
  • social gatherings: open mics, poetry slams, dances, etc. 

In addition, we offer under-market affordable rates for hosting:

  • Meetings, Classes & Workshops 
  • Rehearsals: Music, Dance, Theater, etc. 
  • Co-Working & Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Lectures, Panels, Screenings, Seminars, etc. 
  • Exhibitions & Fairs 
  • Performances & Concerts 
  • Special Events and more! 

To book an event, please complete our Booking Request Form to introduce yourself. The Bernie Wohl Center cannot host personal/private events such as weddings, birthday parties, etc., or events affiliated with religious institutions. 

Accessibility Notice

Please note that the 8 steps to enter the auditorium are steep, but the stairwell has a railing.  The auditorium is not fully wheelchair accessible, as entry requires the use of an automatic chairlift which a person must be able to transfer themselves into or come with a trusted friend/carer who is capable of physically lifting in/out of the chair.  Please notify us in advance if you are aware of attendees who may require special accommodations.

Community Arts Program Office

212-799-9400 ext 4405

Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center

647 Columbus Avenue

New York, NY 10025