Irish Arts Center, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit 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, the Center presents, develops, supports, promotes, tours, and distributes work from established and emerging artists, 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. The Center also provides community education programs 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.
On October 11, 2018, the organization broke ground on a landmark new permanent home, including a state of the art flexible theatre for music, dance, theatre, visual arts and interdisciplinary works; a second, intimate space optimized for 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; and a spacious avenue-facing lobby café lobby that will be a hub for artistic and community hospitality. Irish Arts Center has recently completed the first phase of the capital campaign, raising over $60mm from New York City, New York State, the Irish government and private donors for development for the 11th Avenue new building. The second phase of this project is a $10 million campaign to complete the renovation of the historic 51st Street building as well as build a Growth and Sustainability Fund. To date, over $5.25 million has been raised towards the project’s important second phase.
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.