Arts and Culture
NYU’s tradition of supporting and nurturing the creative arts extends to its outreach programs and free programming, through which people from around the world can learn about ancient artifacts, discover careers in the arts, and find their voice through new languages.
Children’s Chorus | Steinhardt
Through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Children’s Chorus, young singers between the ages of 6 and 12 learn proper vocal technique, musicianship, and quality repertoire. The chorus is free of charge for participants and performs a concert at the end of each semester.
The Crossing Borders Project | SPS
The Crossing Borders Project is a School of Professional Studies (SPS) program that pairs English-language learners studying at SPS with local NYC elementary school students. The project allows SPS students to practice the language with English speakers.
Free Programming at the Game Center | Tisch
Located in downtown Brooklyn, the Game Center is dedicated to the exploration of games as a cultural form and game design as creative practice. Part of the Tisch School of the Arts, the Game Center hosts a variety of free programming, including conferences, game-making competitions, lectures on the practice of game design, and a weekly “playtest Thursday” event at which students and community members test newly created games.
Future Artists Programs | Tisch
As part of the Tisch School of the Arts’ Future Artists Programs, Tisch faculty teach free arts workshops to high school students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the arts. The workshops are offered in a range of disciplines, including dance, drama, recorded music, photography, filmmaking, dramatic writing, cinema studies, and game design. Since the program began in 1987, more than 800 high school students have participated.
Over the past three decades, 800+ New York City high school students have participated in the Future Artists Programs.
The ISAW Library | ISAW
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Library (ISAW) holds approximately 40,000 volumes on the ancient world and provides access to emerging forms of digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and pedagogy in ancient studies, including the Ancient World Digital Library.
Public Art Galleries | University-wide
The Grey Art Gallery, Kimmel Galleries, 80 Washington Square East Gallery, ISAW’s East 84th Street galleries, the Institute of Fine Arts’ exhibition space, and other art galleries and exhibition spaces at NYU are open to the public. Past exhibitions have included Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965; Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College; Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 US Presidential Election; and Nubia: Ancient Kingdoms of Africa.
Public Programming at ISAW | ISAW
Since 2008, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World has offered more than 82,500 visitors free admission to its exhibition space, which showcases artifacts from ancient cultures. During the academic year, ISAW organizes free public academic events and two public exhibitions that explore how artifacts illuminate connections between ancient societies.
Skirball Tickets for Senior Community Members | Skirball
Through a collaboration between the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and partnering theater production companies, Skirball distributes more than 500 complimentary New York City event vouchers to local senior centers each year. Ticket values for the vouchers range from $20 to $100, and all are free of charge.
Since 2008, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) has offered free admission to 82,500+ visitors to 17 exhibitions that display artifacts from ancient civilizations.
Veterans Writing Workshop | CAS
Launched in 2008, the Veterans Writing Workshop is a free creative writing program offered to veterans of the Gulf War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan living in or near New York City. Running annually from September to May, the workshop offers participants the opportunity to explore the basics of the craft of writing in a welcoming community of fellow veteran writers. The Veterans Writing Workshop is a part of the University’s Creative Writing Program.
Arts and Culture Centers and Institutes | University-wide
There are approximately 35 centers and institutes at NYU dedicated to global cultures and the arts. These organizations offer regular free programming and performances to the public, as well as programs that help community members and students learn about languages, philosophy, religion, social issues, and the promotion of intercultural dialogue.