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New York Arts Adventure '20


  • Hilton Garden Inn New York/Manhattan-Chelsea 121 West 28th Street New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

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. The New York Arts Adventure allows JM students to explore world cuisine and well-known destinations — with a journey to the top of the Empire State Building, poignant moments at the 9/11 Memorial, and walks to see landmarks along Fifth Avenue in Midtown and Broadway in Lower Manhattan. But it is much more! This is an opportunity to meet and learn from world-class artists working in the city.

Each year’s agenda is crafted around the interests of participating students. Plans for the upcoming trip will be listed here as they are announced, but highlights from the 2019 New York Arts Adventure included:

  • Ninth-row orchestra seats for the new Broadway musical Tootsie, followed by a discussion about the show with actor Andy Grotelueschen, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the musical as Jeff Slater.

  • Lunch with Peter Marks, chief theater critic for The Washington Post, to discuss shows the students saw in the city and the theater scene in New York, Siler City and beyond.

  • Lunch with Jessie Austrian — Broadway actress, stage director, NYU faculty and a founder/co-artistic director of the renowned Fiasco Theater — to discuss life in the arts.

  • A private street-art tour of New York’s Lower East Side and hands-on graffiti workshop with the noted street artist JCORP.

  • Dim sum with Kirby Pate, a JM alumnus and producer of the Three On the Aisle podcast starring three of America’s top theater critics.

  • Sixth-row orchestra seats to hear legendary tenor Plácido Domingo perform in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera.

  • Third-row orchestra seats to see the long-running musical Chicago on Broadway.

  • A visit to experience some of the world’s most famous contemporary works at the Museum of Modern Art.

  • Front-row center seats to see The Play That Goes Wrong, the Broadway play now performing Off Broadway.

  • An evening at Sleep No More, an Off Broadway immersive theater production.

  • Dinner and a late-night jazz session starring trumpeter Bruce Harris overlooking Central Park at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, part of the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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 of the New York Arts Adventure and contact us!

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