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Established in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is an independent, nonprofit organization located on the scenic campus of Brooklyn College. Brooklyn Center's mission is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. A central part of the Center's mission is to introduce young people to the performing arts, enhance their creativity, and expose them to new cultures and ideas. As one of the largest arts education presenters in the Brooklyn, Brooklyn Center annually welcomes over 70,000 people, including 46,000 schoolchildren, parents, and teachers.
Brooklyn Center is committed to presenting emerging and established artists from around the world. Artists and companies that have graced the Center's Great Stage include Luciano Pavarotti, Isaac Stern, Gregory Hines, Beverly Sills, Ray Charles, Itzhak Perlman, Martha Graham, Margot Fonteyn, Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, Les Ballets Africains, Moiseyev Dance Company, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Acting Company and the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica to name just a few.
The Center also works closely with several of the Brooklyn College's School for Visual, Media and Performing Artsrenowned departments, including the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College, the Department of Theater and the Film Department, hosting a variety of student and faculty concerts, recitals and theatrical productions, many of them free. You can learn more about each of these Brooklyn College departments by clicking on the links below:
Also under the auspeces ofthe School for Visual, Media and Performing Arts:
The Center's Walt Whitman Theatre is also frequently used by various community groups and organizationswho present a wide array of eventsfrom graduations and lectures to concerts and dance performances. If you are interested in renting the facility for your next event, please email us at Rentals@BrooklynCenter.org or call our General Manager, Richard Grossberg at 718-951-4600 x3317.
2017-18 jazz series
Tierney Sutton, NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, and Brooklyn's own Alicia Olatuja.