Irish Arts Center

Irish Arts Center

Performing Arts
Hell's Kitchen, New York, New York
(51 Reviews)

Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with audiences of all backgrounds, and preserving the stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come.

Our multi-disciplinary programming is centered around three core areas:

  • Performance – including live music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and the humanities.
  • Exhibition – including visual arts presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish story.
  • Education – with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history, music, and dance.

Located in New York City, a global capital of arts and culture, Irish Arts Center serves as a dynamic platform for top emerging and established artists and cultural creators to reach a New York, national, and global audience, and as a gateway for other institutions to access first-rate Irish and Irish American culture.

Reviews of Irish Arts Center

(51 Reviews)
Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners

William C.

Attended: Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners

The IAC has a great staff and support structure - and James was a fantastic teacher. Excited to take up Fiddle II!

Irish Mandolin I: Beginners

Jessica B.

Attended: Irish Mandolin I: Beginners

Ben was amazing, very nice and patient teacher, he got us playing and was always encouraging and upbeat! We learned three songs, amazing! Can’t wait to sign up with him again!

Irish Language I: Introduction

Ralph S.

Attended: Irish Language I: Introduction

I like the sound of Irish. The thing I enjoyed most about the class was hearing a native speaker. The teacher introduced the Ranganna site, and I think this approach is the best for me. Seems that a real problem for me learning the language is that the spoken language is not immediately evident from the written. A good example is the phase, "thank you." The teacher captured my interest in learning Irish, and I'll stick with it. Not as an obsession, but as something interesting to do.

Celtic Harp I: Introduction


Attended: Celtic Harp I: Introduction

Unfortunately one of the only affordable introductory harp classes available in NYC. You get what you pay for, which isn't much. Mia plays well and you can tell she has trained for years, however she is not a good teacher at all. She does not explain things well and admits to copying techniques from other teachers. She spends most of the class talking about herself/her life, events she has played and parties she attended with other harpists. She does not give you enough time to practice in class so you can remember when you get home. She just has you take a video of her playing it and says to learn it on your own at home. OR! She recommends watching random youtube videos to learn, which I could have done without paying for the wasted travel time. If you actually want to learn, pay more for another class with absolutely ANYONE else.

Irish Language II: Beginners

Daniel D.

Attended: Irish Language II: Beginners

Great exposure to the language. It would be better if the teachers took charge of the class more actively and did more directed drills, especially on orthography and pronunciation which were difficult for all the students.

Creative Writing


Attended: Creative Writing

Yvonne is great, and really helped me stay motivated with my writing!

Creative Writing


Attended: Creative Writing

Yvonne is a great writer instructor! I learned a lot and really enjoyed the course!

Celtic Harp I: Introduction


Attended: Celtic Harp I: Introduction

By the end of the class, we were able to play all three sections of a song that sounded very impressive. Mia helped break it down into easy to understand parts. I'd happily recommend this class to all! Though I will mentioned that it might be more challenging for people who haven't ever taken a music class before.

Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners

Goncagul A.

Attended: Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners

James was great in introducing fiddler! Will definitely continue... totally recommend it!

Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music on the Piob Mhor

Co B.

Attended: Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music on the Piob Mhor

What a wonderful group of people. I love the instructor and the material - both were top knotch and oozing with authenticity and joy. A pleasure!

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553 W 51st St, New York, New York 10019
Irish Arts Center
Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
553 W 51st St
Btwn 10th & 11th Avenues
New York, New York 10019

Teachers at Irish Arts Center

Aidan Lukomnik and Sahana Jayaraman Amara Dieter Andrew Fox Ann Filloramo Ann Heymann and Mia Theodoratus Anna Colliton Anne Seery Anne Johnson Annie Ryan Annie Moor and Miles Lindahl Armando Diaz and Megan Gray Athena Tergis Baghir Ohlu Ohlu Barry Ó Séanáin Benjamin Engel Beto O’Byrne Betty Sheehan Bill Ochs Bláthnaid O’Donoghue Brad Lawrence Bridget Bray Caitlin Warbelow Caoimhe Forde Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Carrie Erving Cathal Hayden Christina Dolphin Christine Tobin and Phil Robson Christy Williams and Chef Lisa Counts Cleek Shrey Colette Murphy Colin Dunne Cristopher Rodriguez Dan Hunt Darrah Carr Darrah Carr Dance Deirdre Kinahan Denise Deegan Dennis Cahill Donall O’Healai Dónall O Healai Douglass Barr Earnon Murray Eibhlín Zurell Elaine Ní Bhraonáin Enda Gallery Fachtna Ó hAodha Frances Phillips Frances Mulraney Gbenga George Bolster Helen Lawlor Honor Molloy Honor Molloy and Joseph Goodrich Honor Molly and Joseph Goodrich James Cleveland James Cleveland Jeffrey James Keyes Jerry Kelly John Munnelly Jonathan Matthews Kate Bowerman Kate Bowling Kate Foster Kevin Kelly Kieran Jordan Kieran McCarthy Fell Laura Neese Laurie Norman Lou Gallo and Jean Rohe Mai Hernon Maire Treanor Maire McIntyre Marie Treanor Marta Cook Martin O'Connell Martin Hayes Mary Beth Taylor Matt Heaton Matt and Shannon Heaton Matthew Diaz Megan Downes Meredith Bogacz Mia Theodoratus Mia Theodoaratus Michael Curtin Michelle Esch Mick Moloney Mikel Murfi Molly McCloseky Muireann Ní Chuív Natasha Isajlovic and Ganga Dharmappa Niall O’Leary Niamh O’Brien Nic Gareiss Nicola McEldowney P.J. Lynch Paddy Glynn Pat Mangan Patrick Mangan Paul Limb Paul Ferris Peadar Ó hÍcí and guest teachers Peadar Ó hÍcí Peadar Hickey Peadar O'hIci Peter Moloney Pio Ryan Rick Snell Rick Snell Sandie Fisher and Anna Newell Sarah Street Sarah-Jane Scaife Seagda Coyle Shannon Heaton Siobhan Egan Siobhan Kavanagh Siobhan Egan-Moore Siobhán Ní Chiobháin Sneha Krishnan Stuart Jackson TJ Keevins Tom Downes Tony DeMarco Trish O'Donell Yvonne Cassidy Zohra Coday
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