Manny Cantor Center Kicks Off Lincoln Center Programming Jan. 31

"Jazz for Young People -- Let Freedom Swing."

“Jazz for Young People — Let Freedom Swing.”

The Manny Cantor Center of the Educational Alliance is getting ready to kick off a series of high quality free events in partnership with Lincoln Center.

Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc initiative brings cultural programming into local communities throughout New York City. During the next several months, resident organizations such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and New York Philharmonic will be staging performances and workshops on the Lower East Side.

The family oriented programming will take place at the Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway. Here’s the full schedule:


Sunday, January 31, 2016

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Pre-performance Art-making Workshop: Drawing on song lyrics and personal experience for inspiration, workshop participants will use fun fabrics and trimmings to create unique freedom flags.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Jazz at Lincoln Center: Jazz for Young People-“Let Freedom Swing”: Celebrate the ideals of American democracy through the lens of America’s most democratic art form: jazz. Recommended for ages 6-12.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. New York City Ballet Creative Movement Workshop: Join the artists of New York City Ballet in this exploration of music and movement.  NYCB dancers guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends.  No prior dance training needed. The 2 p.m. workshop is recommended for ages 4-7 with parents, grandparents and/or caregivers. The 3 p.m. workshop is recommended for ages 8-10 with parents, grandparents and/or caregivers.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Pre-performance Art-making Workshop

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. New York Philharmonic: KALEIDOSCOPE: Join the renowned ensemble of New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists for a fun, interactive concert in an hour of music and musical games. Recommended for ages 6-12.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Metropolitan Opera Guild: Opera in your Neighborhood! Workshop: Explore the magical world of opera including the singing, characters, movement, music, and words, then work together to create a mini-opera about the neighborhood! Recommended for ages 6-12. No music experience necessary.


Sunday, May 15

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Pre-performance Castanets & Rhythm Workshop with Angélica Negrón: Build and design your own bird castanets and learn to play simple rhythmic patterns to accompany the band at the 3:00 performance!

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lincoln Center Education: Acopladitos: This Brooklyn-based band blends curious electronic and folk instruments with original songs in Spanish for an interactive musical experience. Recommended for ages 3-6.


January 31-April 1 (Special Exhibition)

Saturday, January 31 at 4 p.m. The Genius of Geoffrey Holder — Opening Community Party: Born and raised in Trinidad, Geoffrey Holder revealed his genius in his long career in dance, theater, film, music, and art. As a choreographer, designer, director, and actor, Geoffrey Holder is well represented in all of the research and circulating collections of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. He is honored for his performing career in dance and theater, his Tony Award-winning work as director and costume designer for The Wiz, and contributions to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

NOTE: The January 31 performance is sold out. Throughout the series all unclaimed tickets will be made available to the wait-list on a first-come-first-served basis 10 minutes before the start of each performance.

At the Manny Cantor Center yesterday, staff helped get the word out about the new Lincoln Center programming.

At the Manny Cantor Center yesterday, staff helped get the word out about the new Lincoln Center programming.

Boro-Linc was launched last year in the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens. It’s now been expanded to Manhattan and Brooklyn. As families arrived at the Manny Cantor Center yesterday morning, Educational Alliance President & CEO, Alan van Capelle, and other staff members handed out brochures about the new programming. The Lo-Down caught up with him to talk about the partnership.

Noting that arts and culture have always been part of the Educational Alliance’s mission, van Capelle said his team has been exploring ways to make arts programming more accessible within the community. The historic Lower East Side non-profit was chosen, he said, because it now boasts a “world class performance space,” and because, “we draw a very diverse population coming to our community center.”

“We have a community center,” van Capelle added, “where the well-to-do, the middle class and the low-income people are all walking through the same door every single day and I think that’s attractive to Lincoln Center.” The Educational Alliance’s leader works in the neighborhood but is also raising his family here with Matt Morningstar, his husband. “As a father of two children,” he explained,  “Matt and I often find ourselves going to other neighborhoods in New York City, whether it’s the Upper West Side or the Upper East Side to spend time with our kids on a Sunday afternoon doing something artistic. I would much rather get them in a stroller, walk seven blocks to the Manny Cantor Center and see the same top quality performances taking place in my community center with my neighbors around me.”

Click here for more details about the Lincoln Center programming.


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A survey of Lower East Side Artists | February 12 – April 1, 2015

Curated by Yona Verwer and Linda Griggs

Opening Reception | 2/12 | 7-9PM
This show is a survey of current Lower East Side artists — those still engaged in a forever changing and a forever the same neighborhood; of those still making art, all together, different. | RSVP HERE.

Paint your Partner or Pal at Manny Cantor


Saturday | 2/14 | 1:30-4PM | $85 | materials included

Paint a portrait of your partner or bestie on Valentine’s Day! Show your feelings through your personal technique & leave with a creative memento. Workshop time allows for one portrait per couple. Open to all levels. Limited to 8 couples. REGISTER HERE.

chinese-calligraphy at Manny Cantor


Saturdays | 2/21, 2/28, 3/7 | 2-3:45PM | $165, materials included

Learn the art of Chinese calligraphy in this hands-on, 3-session workshop where you will write & take home good luck characters. Chinese language skill is not required. Open to all levels. REGISTER HERE.


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Saturday | 1/24 | 11AM – 2PM | FREE

Find out what the hype is all about at Manny Cantor Fitness with demos, great raffle prizes, and an introduction to our amazing gym. Open House class offerings include, POUND™, Kickboxing, and Shape, Cycle, & Tone.

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The Changing Grand Street Co-ops: Join The Lo-Down For a Panel Talk at the Manny Cantor Center June 2

Join The Lo-Down to Talk About the “State of the Performing Arts” at Manny Cantor Center April 28



In partnership with the Educational Alliance, The Lo-Down is continuing our series of panel discussions on interesting neighborhood topics at the new Manny Cantor Center (197 East Broadway between Essex and Clinton). We hope you’ll join the conversation! After kicking the series off with a lively discussion on historic preservation a few weeks ago, our next panel focuses on the “state of the performing arts” on the Lower East Side.  Guests include:

  • Jay Wegman, artistic director of Abrons Arts Center
  • Ellie Covan, founder and artistic director of Dixon Place
  • John Collins, founder and artistic director of the theatrical company, Elevator Repair Service
  • Nicky Paraiso, director of programming at The Club at La MaMa

We’ll check in with these esteemed programmers, producers and artists, and examine the current climate for the performing arts downtown. We’ll look at how audiences and venues have evolved over the years, and we’ll explore the idea of building and growing audiences in the future, as the neighborhood continues to transform.

There’s another conversation on June 2nd focusing on the Grand Street cooperatives – past, present and future.

The free event on Monday, the 28th, at 7 p.m. Local beer, kosher wine and snacks will be provided.  Click here to RSVP.  You can also check out some other events coming up at the Manny Cantor Center here.

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Photo by Alex M. Smith.

Joanna Samuels, executive director of Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center. Photo by Alex M. Smith.

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