The new facility, representations of which are pictured here, will include a state-of-the-art 199-seat theater (up from the current 99), an intimate live music venue and café, a dance studio designed for Irish dance, classrooms, a visual arts project space, a community garden and cutting edge digital technology. The expansion will increase the IAC’s space from 5,000 square feet to 35,000. The plan is for ground to be broken in the spring of 2015, with the opening targeted for the end of 2016.
“This will be a new center for a new century for a new Ireland,” Aidan Connolly said. “We will finally have a proper home to share the excellence, diversity and dynamism of Irish culture with New York and the world, honoring our immigrant roots while telling the story of an evolving Ireland and Irish America, the new Irish Arts Center will look outward and redefine what it means to be an ethnically rooted cultural center.”
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