Eight upperclass artists fly to New York City for five days over spring break to explore one of the world's great cities, gain new perspectives that will influence their work and experience the very best in theater, music and visual arts.
Last year's participants attended several Broadway shows and performances at The Metropolitan Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. They went to the top of the Empire State Building, saw the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry, spent an afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art, enjoyed dim sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown, visited Times Square, experienced the 9/11 Memorial and saw renowned sites during walks up Fifth Avenue in Midtown and down Broadway in Lower Manhattan.
But there’s much more! The New York Arts Adventure is an opportunity to meet and learn from world-class artists working in the city. Last year's group sat down on stage with Broadway actors Ari’el Stachel (Haled) and Etai Benson (Papi) after watching them perform in The Band's Visit. They talked theater and life over lunch with Jessie Austrian — Broadway actress, stage director, NYU faculty and a founder/co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater. And they enjoyed some time chatting with Joel Wenhardt after the jazz pianist concluded his late-night set at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
This year's adventure includes the legendary Plácido Domingo performing in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and a renowned graffiti artist leading a private street art tour and hands-on graffiti workshop on New York’s Lower East Side. Arts professionals meeting with students currently include lunch with Peter Marks, chief theater critic for The Washington Post; a discussion with actor Andy Grotelueschen after he performs the role of Jeff Slater in Tootsie, a new musical on Broadway; and dim sum with Kirby Pate, a Jordan-Matthews alumnus and producer of the Three On the Aisle podcast starring three of America’s top theater critics.
If you would like to help keep this trip affordable for families, please consider sponsoring a performance or meal, or making a contribution toward a student scholarship. For more, download this overview and contact us!