Manhattan based Irish Arts Center announced in a press release that it will be launching a full slate of virtual programming for fall 2020. Part of the fall season will be a new series of commissions by a selection of 26 extraordinary writers, musicians, and dance, visual, and theatre artists whose only guideline was the theme “finding grace in uncertainty.
Included in the lineup is Kevin Barry, Jan Carson, Eoin Coifer & Liam Bates, Oona Doherty, Marie Howe, Junk Ensemble, Bill Irwin, Kaia Kater, Deirdre Kinahan, Tamar Korn, Loah, Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna, Joanie Madden, Eimear McBride, Billy McComiskey, Mick Moloney, Aoife O’Donovan, Arturo O’Farrill, Melatu Uche Okorie, Tobi Omoteso, Dirk Powell, Liz Roche, and Enda Walsh.
IAC’s online programming also feature two free returning programs. “At Home with Irish Arts Center” is a series of new commissioned work from the local and international Irish community. “From Irish Arts Center” is a catalog of archival performances staged at the organization’s intimate 51st Street Theatre. Rounding out the fall season is a full program of 42 online courses—featuring instruction in music, step dance, Irish language, playwriting, and storytelling.
IAC Executive Director Aidan Connolly said in the press release:
What we’re learning is that this moment—for all its heartbreak and anxiety—has redemptive possibility. We are challenged to find a new comfort level with uncertainty, even to see it as an opportunity, an invitation to discover what hitherto unseen grace and strength may be within us. We’re so grateful to the inspiring and eclectic assembly of artists—who will consider these ideas across a spectrum of disciplines, styles, and perspectives—for accepting our invitation to share their stories.
Since the pandemic shutdown in March, IAC’s ever-growing online programs have received over 100,000 views from patrons around the globe.
The Irish Arts Center has occupied Hell’s Kitchen in New York City since 1972, 46 years later it is still home to national and international artists and fans alike who share a love for the arts and culture of Ireland. Keeping grassroots traditions alive are important at the center with space for evolving the community in which it resides regardless of background. Check out the Irish Arts Center’s website for more information on other upcoming programs and educational courses being offered.