"The Irish Arts Center—something that we dream about as artists"
– Liam Ó Maonlaí

The New Irish Arts Center is so much more than a building. It's a new way of thinking about who we are and how we engage with the world. A place for people of all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the excellence and dynamism of Irish arts and culture. An artistic home for collaboration and innovation, a platform for presentation, a seedbed of ideas. A gateway to the the global diaspora.

“[Irish Arts Center's] capacity to change the arc in the careers of many artists, performers, dancers, writers, painters and musicians is enormous. And if the vision for its future is supported...then the sphere of its influence will increase proportionately.” —Bill Whelan


Irish immigrants and their descendants helped build everything from subway tunnels and skyscrapers to corporations, political dynasties, and great art. We cleaned houses, nursed the sick, and policed our streets. The New Irish Arts Center will provide a cultural home for the Irish community to come together to pay tribute to those who came before us—and tell our stories in fellowship with people of all backgrounds.

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Our warm creative environment and high standards of excellence attracts innovative, virtuosic and dynamic Irish and Irish American talent, providing artists a place to collaborate with artistic peers from a range of backgrounds, a gateway to the dynamic New York and U.S. cultural ecosystem, and access to the robust community of civic, business, media, and philanthropic leaders who comprise our wonderful family of supporters.

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With 100,000 visitors annually, the New Center will help anchor the emerging culture cluster on Manhattan’s far west side, stimulating the neighborhood economy of hotels, restaurants, and small businesses that serve our expanding residential community and growing tourist footprint. Located in the heart of Hell's Kitchen, booming with residential and commercial development, our new building will also serve as a cultural home for our neighbors, local community groups, and small businesses.

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While our new building will finally provide us with a permanent home, we will redouble our commitment to our many institutional partnerships that strengthen our company, help us innovate, and broaden our reach. We look forward to continued collaborations with our like-minded institutions like Baryshnikov Arts Center, St. Ann's Warehouse, BAM, Symphony Space, Glucksman Ireland House/NYU, and so many others. At the same time, we will expand civic initiatives like Irish Arts Center Book Day, which distributes thousands of free books to New Yorkers across all five boroughs.

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With two premium performance spaces, the New Irish Arts Center will increase the volume of programming that can be toured regionally throughout the Empire State, building on recent successes like Mikel Murfi's THE MAN IN THE WOMAN'S SHOES, which played to small theaters and community centers in Whitestone, Carmel, Mineola, and Peekskill, while extending projects like our annual Book Day from Brooklyn to Buffalo.

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You don't have to live in New York to love the New Irish Arts Center. This fall, we will share the thrilling results of our groundbreaking residency with Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cassandra Wilson with audiences in Chicago and Los Angeles, as we continue to develop new projects that can be toured to communities throughout North America. With an emerging digital platform to enjoy Irish Arts Center online and a flagship home to entertain friends, family and clients when visiting New York, the New Irish Arts Center will be unbounded by geography.

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