Adults | Summer


From July 11, 2017 on Tuesdays
2 sessions

Each Session | $150

July 11 | 6 – 8 PM | Register
August 8 | 6 – 8 PM | Register

With an open heart and mind, students can start their own journey of personal growth through the art of bonsai taught by Bonsai Master Julian Velasco. Learn the artistic, philosophical, horticultural, and technical process of designing, planting, and maintaining your very own bonsai.

Artist: Julian Velasco



From August 15 through August 16, 2017 at 6 – 8 PM
2 sessions for $200 | Register

In this class, participants will learn how to create an osteological preparation of a bat in the fashion of 19th century zoological displays.  A cleaned bat skeleton (Pipistrellus abramus), a glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all necessary materials will be provided, but one should feel welcome to bring small feathers, stones, dried flowers, dead insects, natural elements, or any other materials s/he might wish to include in his/her composition. Participants will leave the class with a visually striking, fully articulated, lifelike bat skeleton posed in a 10″ tall glass dome.  The class will focus on teaching ancient methods of specimen preparation that link science with art: participants will create compositions involving natural elements and, according to their taste, will compose a traditional Victorian environment or a modern display.

Artist: Wilder Duncan



From July 18 through July 21, 2017 at 6:30 – 9:30 PM
4 sessions for $120 | Register

From the roots of West Africa through the Caribbean, and straight to the heart and soul of Hip Hop, Yaminah Legohn presents Afro Karibé® Dance. Afro Karibé is a high energy diaspora mixed of cultural dances that includes West African, Dancehall, Hip Hop, House and Samba Dance. Students learn dynamic steps while getting a good workout and dancing to the hottest rhythms! 

Artist: Yaminah Legohn


Summer Block Party

Ages All Ages
From July 28, 2017 at 5 - 8 p.m.
for FREE

Friday, July 28
5 – 8 p.m. | Abrons Amphitheater (466 Grand Street)
FREE and open to the public!

Join Abrons Arts Center artists and staff for a summer block party celebrating all things culture! Enjoy live music, art activities for kids and adults, video games, karaoke, and delicious food. 


Sudden Shifts – Movement Training For The Resistance

From August 14 through August 18, 2017 at 6:30 – 9:30 PM
5 sessions for $150 | Register

Compositional Improvisation offers us profound tools for experiencing ourselves as powerful agents of change. This work prepares us to be able to act powerfully and suddenly as a group, creating spontaneous yet cohesive actions and forms. By cultivating an ongoing practice of paying attention, we hone the skills needed to co-inhabit the performative, daily, literal and figurative spaces we create together, and transform them into situations in which all voices are recognized, and in which powerful sudden actions can arise. No previous dance training is necessary, just a willingness to move into the unknown with courage, curiosity and compassion.

Artist: Katherine Ferrier

Beginners Capoeira

From July 13 through August 17, 2017 on Thursday at 6 – 7:30 PM
6 sessions for Free | Register

Capoeira is a vibrant and expressive Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines self-defense with dance, music, and acrobatics. Classes focus primarily on the basic physical vocabulary of this unique art form, but participants will also learn about its culture and history, and even pick up some Portuguese phrases in the process. Come prepared to sweat and have some fun!

Artist: Jack “Bicho” Kellogg

POW! (Performing Original Work)

From July 13 through August 17, 2017 on Thursday at 7 – 9 PM
6 sessions for $130 | Register

Create your own original performance!  In this six-week workshop we will make work that explores the complicated intersection of dance and language.  We will learn from dances that talk (Pina Bausch, Big Dance Theatre, Faye Driscoll, Alexandra Beller, DV8, etc) and texts that dance (Robert Walser, Deborah Hay, Karinne Keithley Syers, etc).  We will write the moving body, creating texts that incite or document movement.  We will dance the written word, creating movement that responds to, stages, or layers upon text. The workshop will include generative assignments for writing and creating movement, textual and physical improvisations, strategies for staging, layering and composing, feedback and editing, and a culminating performance of each participants’ original piece. 

Open to all. Bring pen, paper, and body.  

Artist: Mike Mikos

Learn / Piano

From July 6 through August 17, 2017 at 7 – 8 PM
7 sessions for $150 | Register

An intuitive and visual approach to the piano specially tailored for adults.  Participants will learn to play songs while moving towards an understanding of basic theory and notation. Taught on electronic keyboards.

Artist: Julie Hill

American Protest Music

From July 19, 2017 at 7 – 9 PM
1 sessions for $40 | Register

In this class, we trace American protest music from its roots in the Griot tradition of Northern Africa to contemporary Rap and R&B. Lots of listening, with sidetracks to Woody Guthrie and punk rock.

Artist: Joel Lambdin

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Video Games

From August 1 through August 8, 2017 at 7 – 9 PM
2 sessions for $80 | Register

Taught by Harold Goldberg, a New York Times and Washington Post contributor and founder of the New York Videogame Critics Circle.  You’ll learn all about the amazing history of videogames. You’ll hear the story of Tennis for Two, the first videogame, which was created on Long Island at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Highlights include how the Manhattan-headquartered Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto, became one of the world’s most important game creators. You’ll also learn how to navigate the videogame job market, right here in New York City and beyond. You don’t have to how to code to get a job in games!

Artist: Harold Goldberg

ICE: Experimental Notation Workshop

From July 26, 2017 at 7 – 9 PM
1 sessions | Register

Explore modern evolutions of music notation with the renowned musicians of the International Contemporary Ensemble.  Participants will work with music scores from recent ICE performances and gain insight into how the composers communicate new sounds through the page.

Private Music Lessons

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Lessons are available for the following art content areas and instruments: Ceramics, Painting, Multimedia Sculpture, Photography, Illustration & Cartooning, Video, Hip Hop, Breakdancing, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary Dance, Acting, Playwriting, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Music Theory, Composition, and Recording Technology. Students receive individualized learning from active professional artists, dancers, actors, and musicians.

Improvisation: Sounding the Unknown

August 13, 2017
Sunday | 12-3 PM Workshop | 4 PM Performance
1 session for $40 | Register 

Explore free improvisation as a music making method through historical context, aesthetic considerations, and applicable strategies for incorporating into instrumental and vocal technique. Workshop will culminate in a public performance. 

Artists: Patrick Breiner & Nathan Pape