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 audiences of all backgrounds, and preserving
the stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come. Our
multi-disciplinary programming is centered around three core areas: Performance – including
live music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and the humanities; Exhibition – including
visual arts presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish
story; and Education — with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history,
music, and dance. Located in a world capital of arts and culture, Irish
Arts Center serves as a dynamic platform for top emerging and established artists
and cultural creators to reach a New York, national, and global audience, and
as a gateway for other institutions to access first-rate Irish and Irish American
IAC is committed to providing a creative home for Irish and Irish American artists, as well as those whose background is not Irish but whose work explores the evolving Irish question as it relates to New York, America, Ireland, and the world. At present, IAC accepts proposals from artists at all stages in their careers working in the following areas:
Please click on a discipline to review its submission criteria.
IAC accepts proposals on a continuous basis throughout the year and programs are generally scheduled 8-18 months in advance. While IAC is sometimes able to accommodate programming requests in a shorter timeframe, please keep this in mind when submitting materials. Due to the large volume of submissions‚ there is a 6–12 month review period for all unsolicited proposals. Please note that Irish Arts Center is unable to respond to individual applicants.
Irish Arts Center does not accept submissions in hard copy. Please send submissions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate both the discipline and the project title in the subject line (i.e. “Live Music—Performer Name”)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does the submission process work? Who reviews submissions?
Your submission will be carefully reviewed by IAC programming staff in tandem
with IAC’s Executive Director. Proposals under consideration for
future programming are reviewed with artistic advisors in the relevant disciplines,
and decisions are made based on a variety of factors including artistic standard,
disciplinary diversity, cultural relevance as it relates to our mission, timing,
budget, and other strategic considerations. Proposals that are not selected
are kept on file for a minimum of two years.
Do I have to be Irish to submit?
Not necessarily. Our mission is to project a dynamic image of the evolving
culture of Ireland and Irish America, and we welcome proposals for work at the
highest standard from artists of all backgrounds.
I am already planning to travel to New York to present my work. Can
I submit a proposal to present at Irish Arts Center? Is your space available
IAC welcomes submissions from individual artists and production companies
that are planning to travel to New York to present their work, though as mentioned
previously, we often program as much as 18 months in advance. IAC’s
99-seat Donaghy Theatre is often available to rent during the summer months (June-August),
and classroom and rehearsal space is occasionally available during the spring
and fall seasons.
Why haven’t I received a response to my submission?
IAC receives a high volume of excellent submissions across all of the disciplines. We
work very hard to carefully review each submission, and therefore we ask for
your patience. While we are unable to respond to each submission, we will
reach out to those whose proposals are under consideration for an upcoming season.