Community Kids & Family

St. Patrick’s Open Day 2021

Free performances, classes, and workshops


This event is free, but Irish Arts Center programming is only possible because of friends and supporters like you. Please consider making a donation as a part of your registration.

Sun, Mar 14, 2021



Box Office


Phone hours:
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

In person:
Opens 60 minutes before the performance on show days


Irish Arts Center moves our annual open house online this year, with free samplers of our educational offerings for adults and kids alike, a variety of traditional music and dance performances, and a special puppetry workshop with Branar Téatar do Pháistí that will set you up for our community arts challenge this spring!



IAC Education Sampler for Adults and Teens
Recommended for ages 14 and up

Intro to the Irish Language with Siobhán Ní Chiobháin
Intro to Step Dance with Jonathan Matthews
Intro to Playwriting with Beto O’Byrne
Intro to the Fiddle with James Cleveland
Intro to Storytelling with Brad Lawrence 

Sample sessions showcasing five of our 40+ classes on offer this spring.

IAC Education Mini Sampler for Kids
Recommended for ages four and up

Irish Step Dance for Kids with Niall O’Leary
Irish Language 101 for Kids with Siobhán Ní Chiobháin
Traditional Children's Songs with Johnny Cuomo

10-minute mini sessions of our classes just for kids and families.

Page to Stage: IAC Spring 2021 Community Art Challenge
All ages welcome
Drawing inspiration from their production of Oliver Jeffers’s How to Catch a Star, Branar facilitates a unique workshop that will show you how to bring your own favorite storybook to the stage! Artist and Branar collaborator Sorcha ní Chróinín leads you through the steps to create your show in a miniature theatre. Then, using your newfound knowledge and skills—make, record, and send us your production! Irish Arts Center will compile all submissions into a virtual tapestry of puppetry as part of our visual arts exhibition this spring.

See supply list below.


Dance Performance: Niall O'Leary School of Irish Dance

Music Performance: Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre
“Simply one of the best folk duos on the planet”—BBC

Supply list for Page to Stage workshop: 

- cereal box  
- extra cardboard (could be another cereal box or any kind of spare cardboard you might have lying around)
- scissors
- ruler
- glue stick 
- masking tape
- pen and pencil 
- permanent marker (if you have one)
- white paper (size depends on how big your cereal box is, but 11 x 17 is good)
- coloring materials (paint, coloring pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)


Support for this program is also provided by Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation, and Knights of St. Patrick.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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