New York City Center
Program: Access to Arts
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: Fall for Dance
New York City Center (City Center) was founded in 1943 by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia with the mission to make the best in the performing arts accessible to all. The theater welcomes 300,000 annually to experience the Encores! musical theater series and Fall for Dance Festival, as well as productions and performances from national and international companies, including Manhattan Theatre Club and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Purpose: To support the annual Fall for Dance Festival.
Fall for Dance Festival was created in 2004 to challenge the barriers to access that come with world-class performing arts, making all tickets affordable. Fall for Dance brings together dance artists and companies from around the world – both household names and emerging – to present a diversity of styles, aesthetics, and cultures. In addition to featuring New York City-based dance artists and companies, the Festival has hosted international artists from South Africa, France, Israel, Cuba and South Korea. City Center has also commissioned artists to create new works for the Festival. In conjunction with the Festival, City Center hosts a special professional development program, the FFD Lab. The FFD Lab is a day of intensive training for dance educators, classroom teachers, and teaching artists working for arts and cultural institutions.
Recent Fall for Dance Festivals have brought in more than 20,000 audience members annually, providing 10 performances for just $15 per ticket. Nearly 40% of the audience is under 35, 36% are people of color, and 25% have household incomes under $50,000 a year.