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City Parks Foundation - SummerStage

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture


830 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10065 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Central Park SummerStage presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate.


SummerStage, a program of the City Parks Foundation, is New York's premier free performing arts festival. Founded in 1986, it brings performances of superior artistic caliber, free of charge, to socially and economically diverse audiences. Through inclusive and varied programming, SummerStage provides an important forum for emerging and established artists and ideas, and exposes its audiences to many different types of artistic and cultural expression. Its programming areas include dance and performance, American and world music, film, and spoken word. The festival runs during the months of June, July, August and September, and presents over 100 free performing events in parks throughout the five boroughs. Over its 30+ seasons, it has drawn more than 6 million visitors to its main stage at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield.


Would you recommend City Parks Foundation - SummerStage?
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by Meleika A. (February 11, 2016)
An Awesome experience with a amazing staff! A great way to get involved and learn about music,culture, and non-for-profit events! Khalil the manager is the best! I started in 2013 and although I am not as frequent in the summers past i always make sure to comeback to a few shows and help out. a great experience overall !
by helen g. from bronx, NY (January 11, 2014)
i volunteered at a couple of shows at summerstage over the summer. it was so much fun and it was a really great way to get exposed to music and culture. i'm definitely going to try volunteering here next summer.

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