Community Arts

The Community Arts program offers adults and youth opportunities to experience and participate in the arts through original and professional-caliber performing and visual arts events, as well as workshops, classes, lectures and partnerships with renowned arts organizations in New York City.

Community Arts events take place at the Bernie Wohl Center at Columbus Avenue and West 91st Street. The Center's versatile auditorium serves as a concert hall, theater in the round, dance performance space, art gallery and film venue.

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For more information: stop by and pick up brochures; visit; write to; or call 212-799-9400, ext 205.

Coming up

May 17, 8 pm

The Mejerchold Twins

The Mejerchold Twins are two distinctly different siblings who continue an eternal struggle for domination on the cabaret stage and in real life. A comedy-musical blend rooted in Vaudeville, variety shows and revues.

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In Scena Italian Theater Festival - plays in Italian with English supertitles

May 18, 8 pm

Happy Mary

A former actress plays the role of the Virgin Mary in an Easter procession and begins a quest to discover who she really was, discovering a surprisingly happy and human side to Mary.

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In Scena Italian Theater Festival - plays in Italian with English supertitles

May 19-22

Spring Piano Festival

A celebration of the piano showcasing varied artists and styles. See individual events below.

May 19, 7:30 pm

Spring Piano Festival
Gil Morgenstern, violin with guest Reiko Uchida, piano

A unique and diverse program of music ranging from audience favorites to a world premiere (Schubert, Debussy, Beethoven, Smetana and Saylor).

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May 20, 3 pm

Spring Piano Festival
An Afternoon with Three Pianists

Featuring composers throughout the centuries and around the world.
Melody Fader, Works by Chopin and Debussy 
Jai Jeffryes, Precariat by Dan Cooper and Letter to Gil Evans by Dave Soldier
Jasna Popovic, Excerpts from Around the World Piano Project

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May 21, 7:30 pm

Spring Piano Festival
Dual Concert

Taka Kigawa, Liszt B minor
PROPHETS,Classical/Jazz Fusion
Ronn Yedidia, piano | Eddy Khaimovich, bass | Paolo Cantarella, drums
Reception follows.

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May 22, 7 pm

The Israeli Chamber Project with Soprano Sarah Shafer
Open Rehearsal and Discussion

Get an inside look at that creative process as the ensemble, joined by soprano Sarah Shafer, prepares for the final New York performance of its 10th anniversary season at Merkin Concert Hall on May 24. Those in attendance will receive a discount on tickets to the May 24th concert.
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Tai Gong! with Zack Glass

Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, $15/class, 647 Columbus Avenue
Tai Gong is a form of exercise that combines movements from  Tai Chi, Qigong and Healing Sounds.

Spring Writing Classes with the New York Writers Workshop

What is The Best Way to Tell My Story?

Writing True and Unique Stories in Fiction or Personal Essay: A Two-Part Workshop

Joanna Laufer

This two-part writing workshop will help students decide on the best genre to tell a particular story – fiction or personal essay.  In-class discussions on the importance of the first sentence, voice, storytelling, and the thin line between fiction and creative nonfiction will help writers of all levels produce powerful and publishable work.

Saturdays, April 14 and 28, 2018
$125.00 for two sessions

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Finding the Story Within You

Judith Hannan

This nonfiction intensive will combine writing excerpts and examples with related prompts to begin the process of opening up your personal narrative. Introductory prompts will focus both on the tools and craft of writing followed by an opportunity to delve into specific scenes or moments of one's life.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:00-5:00 pm

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The Poetic Impulse

Jen Fitzgerald

Poetry is not just a literary genre or artistic medium; it is a way to see the world. This three-hour intensive will explore where poetry comes from while learning the fundamentals of poetry like craft, form, and content. Learn the basics of meter and prosody and how poetry is more like painting than writing.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
2:00-5:00 pm

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Memoir Writing 

Karol Nielsen

This 6-week workshop will help the memoir writer find and shape a personal narrative whether a short essay or a book-length memoir. Weekly lectures and in-class exercises will illuminate the elements of storytelling used to write a memoir: structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, voice, point-of-view, style, revision.

Wednesdays, April 25-May 30, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm

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