Irish Arts Center, founded in 1972, is a national and international home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America. Based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, we present, develop, support, promote, tour, and distribute work from both established and emerging artists and cultural practitioners, providing audiences access to cultural experiences that are innovative, collaborative, diverse, authentic, emotionally and intellectually transporting, meet the highest standards of excellence, and celebrate our common humanity. Steeped in the grassroots traditions of our communities, with a commitment to inclusion that dates back to our founding, we provide community education programs and access to the arts for adults and children of all ages and ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and an international home for the Irish community to come together and engage with a dynamic global diaspora.
In October 2018, we broke ground on a landmark new permanent home, including a state-of-the-art contemporary, flexible performance and arts space for the presentation and development of work across a range of disciplines; a second, intimate performance space—the renovated historic Irish Arts Center theatre—optimized for the most intimate live music and conversation, recordings, master classes and special events; classrooms and studio spaces for community education programs in Irish music, dance, language, history, and the humanities; technology to stream and distribute the Irish Arts Center experience on the digital platform; a spacious avenue-facing café lobby that will be a hub for artistic and community hospitality, providing a vibrant setting for conversation and interaction between artists and audiences; and a beautiful new courtyard entrance on 51st Street where the historic Irish Arts Center building and the new facility meet. We recently completed a $60 million campaign, Almost Home, to develop and build this new facility.
With an annual budget of $3.5 million, the Irish Arts Center continues to build a first rate team of intelligent, hardworking, kind-spirited people of integrity and purpose to continue its dramatic growth in the coming years as it prepares to occupy a new facility and in anticipation of its 50th Anniversary in 2022.
Irish Arts Center, founded in 1972, is a national and international home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America. Based in Hell’s Kitchen, New…