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Freedom Summer: The Next Generation

May 28, 2014

The Center is thrilled announce a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Freedom Summer and Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner, Freedom Summer: The Next Generation, on June 9th at 7 pm. The evening, presented in partnership with West Park Presbyterian Church and in cooperation with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, will focus on what we can learn from the summer of 1964 and the communities that nurtured Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner to guide our struggles for a more inclusive society today. The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. will deliver the keynote address, and Linda SarsourSimran Jeet Singh, and Stosh Cotler, will offer responses and reflections. Our friend and local singer-songwriter Jeremy Mage will be curating a series of songs from the Freedom Summer as well.

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For more information, please see the poster (above) or get in touch with us at 212.362.4890 or thecentreatwestpark@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing you on June 9th at 7 pm!

Bread & Puppet–The Shatterer of Worlds

September 23, 2013

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Don’t miss Bread & Puppet’s The Shatterer of Worlds, a new 50th anniversary performance of giant puppets and dance, between November 7 and November 24, 2013 at West Park. Click through to find more information about the show and to purchase tickets.


From Bread & Puppet: “At the moment when the first atomic bomb was dropped, Oppenheimer, the chief architect of that bomb, recalled words from the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu prayer book:  “Life, the splendor of 1000 suns blazing all at once, resembling the exulted soul, is become Death, the shatterer of worlds.”  The overt extrajudicial capabilities of the society system allow the shatterer of worlds to function legally to cultivate destructions so minute and gigantic, the eye cannot perceive and the mind cannot behold them. No politician, no hazardous substance, but a well-established tradition and demon strengthened by endless practices of devastation, the shatterer continues to plot the assasination of existence-as-it-is, while disguising his activities as benevolent maneuvers meant to cure the two ailing adversaries: the planet and humanity. By imitating the miraculous blossoming of the evening primrose, the chapel manages to reverse the original statement: Death, the shatterer of worlds, becomes Life, the splender of 1000 suns blazing all at once, resembling the exulted soul.

The Shatterer of Worlds photo taken by Mark Dannenhauer.

The Australian Voices with special guests Ralph Farris and Dorothy Lawson of ETHEL

June 21, 2013

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Come see Australia’s most famous vocal ensemble, The Australian Voices, as they bring their distinctive crisp sound and vibrant antipodean repertoire to New York City for the first time. This post classical group is known for their viral YouTube hits, their work with aboriginal composers, and their astonishing blend and crisp, warm sound. The concert will feature special guests Ralph Farris and Dorothy Lawson of the New York City string quartet ETHEL. Suggested donation is $18/$12 at the door. The concert begins at 7:30 pm at The Center at West Park (86th St and Amsterdam Avenue).

Advanced Screening: The Second Meeting

September 26, 2012

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NEW YORK, NY (September 24, 2012)– The advanced screening of a new documentary by Optimistic Film, The Second Meeting, will debut in New York City on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at West Park Presbyterian Church. Immediately following, there will be a panel discussion featuring the subjects of the film, U.S. Air Force pilot Lt. Colonel Dale Zelko and Yugoslav missile officer Colonel Zoltan Dani.

The Second Meeting follows Lt. Col Zelko’s journey back to Serbia to meet Col. Dani, 12 years after the first meeting of the pilot and missile officer who commanded the Yugoslav missile battery that shot down Zelko’s F117A Stealth fighter in 1999. “I had the remarkable opportunity to have a second chance at experiencing Serbia and her people and I will forever be deeply grateful, enriched, and blessed by it,” said Lt. Col Zelko of the experience.

The advanced screening will be the first showing in the United States of the newest film by award-winning Serbian Filmmaker Zeljko Mirkovic. Mirkovic and Lt. Col. Zelko will participate in a panel discussion and audience Q&A immediately following the showing. Dani states, “The “Second Meeting” has taken place thanks to Mr. Željko Mirković and Mr. Dale Zelko, who have understood that in this way we can give an uncommon contribution that swarms with love and understanding, and has a goal to proclaim the world peace. This is exactly “the pearl of the goodness of humanity” we have always lacked.”

Who:               Open to the Public: Suggested Donation, $10.00

What:              The Second Meeting advanced screening and discussion

Where:            West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W. 86th St (at Amsterdam Ave), NY, NY, 10024

When:             Saturday, October 13, 2012, 7pm

December 15, 2011

NY Creates Holiday Crafts Fair

Join NY Creates for their second annual Holiday Craft Fair at West Park! Sponsored by the Business Center for New Americans and the New York Foundation for the Arts, the fair will feature everything from handmade men’s shirts and jewelry to beautiful pottery, baked goods and clocks along with live music provided by several talented friends of West Park. Get your Christmas and Chanukah shopping done while supporting local artists and artisans and enjoying music in our beautiful sanctuary.

The fair will run from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th, and from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday the 18th at West Park, on the corner of West 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. We are easily accessible from the 1, C and B trains as well as the 7, 11 and 86 bus lines. Call 212-362-4890 for more information or check NY Creates.

100+ Benefit Event : Honor the past. Celebrate the future.

November 17, 2011

West Park Presbyterian Church on New York’s Upper West Side is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year with 100+, a benefit event on Monday, December 5, 2011 from 8 to 10PM. 100+ will honor West Park’s history of social justice advocacy, inclusivity, and support for culture and the arts, and will offer an exciting glimpse—and celebration—of the future.

The next 100 years will see not only the growth West Park Presbyterian Church, but also the birth and development of The Center at West Park.

The Center is an independent, non-profit organization, dedicated to the challenging and essential work of personal and social transformation through the pathways of culture and the arts, social activism, intergenerational education, and the cultivation of wonder and the human spirit.

The motto of The Center is “DREAM. REAL. HARD.” As we explore who we are and dream of who we might become—as individuals, as a community, as a world—we seek and welcome your participation.

Please plan to join us for this celebration and for other exciting events in this space. We look forward to creating a future with you.

FRAG gallery opening NOV 11 6-9 PM

November 10, 2011

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