LOWER EAST SIDE — A new partnership between Lincoln Center and the Manny Cantor Center is bringing a dance class taught by the New York City Ballet, a kid-friendly jazz performance presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and other arts programming to the Lower East Side next year.
About half a dozen free classes, performances and workshops organized by Lincoln Center resident groups are coming to the neighborhood community center starting next month through a program called Boro-Linc, the two organizations announced late last week.
Other events include an interactive concert hosted by the New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists, an opera workshop conducted by the Metropolitan Opera Guild and an exhibition on the work of Geoffrey Holder, a choreographer, designer, director and actor who won two Tony Awards for his direction and costume design on “The Wiz.”
Boro-Linc pairs local arts and community centers with Lincoln Center-affiliated groups to provide free programming, in an effort to make arts and cultural offerings more accessible and available to neighborhoods across the city, according to the announcement.
“The arts are a right, and not a privilege,” said Lincoln Center President Jed Bernstein in a statement.
“And through programs like Boro-Linc, we can help ensure that the arts are, in fact, accessible to all. We’re pleased to be expanding and extending this great series with a new partner on the Lower East Side, and look forward to seeing smiles on the faces of all the audiences who participate at the Manny Cantor Center.”
The Manny Cantor Center, run by the Educational Alliance at 197 East Broadway, is the program’s first Manhattan partner since it began earlier this year.
For more information about the program and this year’s event, visit the community center’s website.