Fooled ya! I’m back! I hope this finds you well and that your autumns are off to a good start. What culture have you consumed lately?
Because I don’t like to leave people empty-handed (especially culturally!) for so many months, I’ve created a list (a list within a list!) of some of my favorite spots around town that have year-round, free culture. You’ll find them below.
But first, I wanted to share some good news (for me, at least!)
As you know, Ariana’s List started as a pet project during the summer months. But with time, I began to receive work because of it, including my repeated favorites, Accordions Around the World and Live at Penn Plaza (which of course, you’ve seen listed here many times.) The idea of programming public spaces with culture, linking artists to communities, all free of charge to the public, was and continues to be a dream job.
So the big news is: I’m launching my own business!
Ariana’s List has evolved into a year-round consultancy, producing cultural events in public spaces in NYC and around the world.
The guiding mission of all Ariana’s List projects continues to be to make arts accessible to ALL people.
With this next phase of work, I will continue what I’ve begun, just more often. I will find public space partners who would like to activate areas with culture. Thinking strategically about local contexts of culture and audiences, we will program the space to bring relevant art to communities. In short, Ariana’s List will connect public space with artists, institutions, and communities. Think thousands of Accordions Around the World-like events and Live at Penn Plazas everywhere! OK, maybe that’s ambitious to start. But I’m pumped about this. Be happy with me: throw your hands up in the air, Ariana’s List-style!
So…start spreading the word to your urban planner/Business Improvement District employee/parks department/real estate exec/non-profit arts/City Hall-connected friends around the globe. Want to connect me to someone you know? Want to think creatively together? Have any ideas? Send me an email. And let’s nerd out!
And now back to free NYC culture. Let me know if/when you get to any of these events. It always makes me happy knowing that others are consuming art and that these great institutions are being supported by the locals. Here goes:
Bronx Museum (art/music/film/dance usually the first Friday of every month)
Bronx Music Heritage Center (music/dance usually the third Saturday of every month)
Casita Maria (mainly music and dance)
Brooklyn Museum (art/music/dance/tours/film/
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch (mainly music and talks)
Pioneer Works (free music/art/party the Second Sunday of every month)
Arts Brookfield (music/art)
Bryant Park (They’re another home away from home and produce great events throughout the year even though they’re outside)
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (tours/talks)
Lincoln Center Atrium (music performances usually every Thursday night)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (open studios – art and dance)
Miller Theater (their monthly pop-up concerts feature contemporary classical ensembles)
Flushing Town Hall (they have a bunch of ticketed events but free ones as well, in all arts genres)
The Queens Library (music)
The Queens Museum (art/music/film/dance/talks)
NYC Parks (they do things year round and many have indoor rec centers)
New York Public Library (with branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, they host lots of talks and performances throughout the year)
New York Restoration Project (classes, music, and films in community gardens around the city; usually shuts down for the winter)
That’s what I got. And for real this time: see you all in the summer!
All good things,