Pablo Picasso once said every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Thankfully, New York City’s Bryant Park offers a solution for children and the young at heart alike. Each summer, arts and culture activities blossom like peonies, filling the beloved nine-acre urban oasis with sweet sights and sounds. There are workshops and classes, performances and paintings, movies and more.
Here’s a look at some of what you can expect from the arts and culture scene in Bryant Park’s summer events:
Broadway is only a 5-minute jaunt from Bryant Park, but there’s really no need to make the walk. Each summer, the most popular shows on and off Broadway are presented in the park over the lunch hour. It’s a great opportunity for lovers of musical theater to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of some of the most buzz-worthy shows. Last year’s lineup included “Chicago,” “Stomp,” “The Lion King” and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.” And it’s free!
Carnegie Hall is considered one of the most precious and important concert venues in the world. It’s where the joy of music is brought to life by some of the best singers and performers ever to grace a stage. Each summer many of these renowned mainstage artists and rising stars bring their talents to Bryant Park for five delightful picnic performances. This year’s lineup includes Le Vent du Nord, Night of Inspiration, Cha Wa and more.
There is something awe-inspiring about watching master artists at work. And when you get to paint alongside of them, it’s simply exhilarating. This summer, you can do both. Stop by Bryant Park and watch a painter in residence create beautiful park-inspired paintings. Or sit side-by-side with other aspiring artists, sip your favorite beverage and create a masterpiece of your own; an instructor from La Pittura Studio is available for artistic guidance.
Whether you aspire to write the next great American novel, short stories or simply want to say something through poetry, you’ll find inspiration and assistance in the park. With one of the most beloved libraries in the world across the street and statues of literary greats looking over your shoulder, Bryant Park is the perfect place to hone your skills and share your stories at one of the many free Writers Workshops hosted by Gotham Writers Workshop and Miranda McLeod.
This is only a sampling of what you’ll find in Bryant Park. Visit its website to discover other ways to stay in touch with your inner child and enjoy the arts and culture of New York.