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Mission Statement

Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come.


The Irish Arts Center is located in historic Hells Kitchen in New York City. We are a multi-disciplinary arts and cultural center with a very full schedule as we present theatre, music, dance, literature, and film throughout the year. We have an active visual and cultural exhibition program. We also have a very strong education program offering over 30 classes a week in Irish music, dance, and language.We work very hard to share what is a unique and rich cultural heritage with not only Irish and Irish-Americans but with the greater community as well.

To emphasize that point we strive to work with other cultural institutions throughout New York including the Harlem Arts Alliance, Jewish Heritage Museum, Symphony Space, the Baryshnikov Arts Center and others.

Yearly program highlights:

St. Patrick's Day Open Day: This is an exciting free family event with live music, dance, workshops, crafts for kids, and films.

Irish Book Day: Starting in 2011 each St Patrick's day we set up at subway stops and transportation hubs throughout the five boroughs of New York and hand out 10,000 free books by Irish and Irish-American authors.

NY Irish Dance Festival: Another free all-day event which kicks off the Summer on the Hudson series in Riverside Park. It's a great day full of live music, panel discussions, crafts, workshops, and of course dance.

An Irish Christmas: A Musical Solstice Celebration: Features an eclectic mix of tunes, stories, and special guests from jazz singer Tamar Korn, Filipno singer Grace Nono to usual gang of traditional Irish musicians. Whatever your holiday tradition its an unmissable, delightful celebration of the season!

To see more of what we do please visit our website at www.irishartscenter.org. We have an amazing line up of concerts, theatre and films throughout the year.


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