“Ireland, America, and the Arts: A Conversation with Aidan Connolly and Rachael Gilkey, New York City’s Irish Arts Center”


Location: Room 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Hall


Join us for a conversation on “Ireland, America, and the Arts” with Aidan Connolly, Executive Director, and Rachael Gilkey, Director of Programming and Education, New York City's Irish Arts Center (IAC).

Mr. Connolly and Ms. Gilkey will discuss how the Center—located in Hell’s Kitchen and with deep roots in Ireland and Irish-America—has evolved over the years. From its founding in 1972 as a grassroots home for Irish immigrant artists, the Irish Arts Center has emerged as a significant player in New York City’s arts scene, with a new home/performing arts center serving a range of artistic disciplines and education programs ready to be unveiled later this year. To reach this milestone, the Center re-imagined its mission and strategy to consider not only what it means to be Irish and Irish-American today, but how to make that relevant for artists and audiences of all backgrounds in the 21st century.

"One sign of an Irish resurgence in New York is a new Irish Arts Center . . . Embracing multiple disciplines, it bodes well for the future of Ireland’s place in New York’s cultural life."   – The New York Times


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