The Irish Arts Center winter 2013 term is about to kick off. The Center offers New York’s most comprehensive assortment of classes in Irish arts and culture, taught by talented instructors.

Winter classes kick off January 28 and run through March 18.

You can dance, play and talk with over 30 classes offered at the IAC. There is something for everyone to learn, whether its the Irish language or picking up a new instrument.

The spring term, which will begin April 15, will be a similar schedule and will run through June 3.

Located in New York City, a global capital of arts and culture, Irish Arts Center is dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century.

Rachael Gilkey, Director of Communications, Education and Outreach with IAC said, “In an effort to preserve and share Irish heritage through education, we pride ourselves on offering classes at very affordable prices, making them accessible to a wide range of cultural enthusiasts-from the adult picking up step dance after having taken it as a child, to the student who caught a seisiún one day and decided they too wanted to learn fiddle. In addition, we also offer work study and scholarships toward that end.”

The IAC serve as a dynamic platform for top emerging and established artists and cultural creators to reach New York, national and global audience and a gateway for other institutions to access first rate Irish and Irish-American culture.

Their programming is centered around three main areas: Performance – including live music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and the humanities; Exhibition – including visual arts presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish story; and Education, with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history, music, and dance.

Gilkey told IrishCentral, “Many of our students return again and again to take classes with their fellow Irish language, music or dance enthusiasts, creating a real sense of community that goes beyond the walls of the classroom.”

Irish Arts Center
programs are supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.

The Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st St. Manhattan, NY 10019Nuala Purcell