Capital Project

About the Center

In May 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that the People’s Theatre Project (PTP) — an immigrant- and women-led nonprofit — will own and operate a first-of-its-kind Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center (IRPAC) coming to Inwood by 2027. Filled with a range of visual and performing arts, the center will amplify the voices of New York City’s diverse immigrant communities and cultivate work by local artists and arts organizations. The city has committed to an initial investment of $15 million to support PTP's capital campaign to acquire a newly constructed cultural center that will deliver theater that is more equitable and representative of immigrants and people of color.

A gathering was held at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center in May 2022 to learn what community members are looking for in the new immigrant cultural center coming to Inwood. Watch the video for a first look at the center's design!

Add Your Voice! Take the Design Survey!

People’s Theatre Project is actively seeking community input as it embarks on an ambitious plan to build New York City’s first-of-its-kind cultural center dedicated to immigrants by 2027. Click on one of the survy links below to add your voice to the design process.

Prefer to speak with PTP staff in person?

Meet us at one of the community engagement events below:
coming-ot-america
July 29 5:30-7:30pm
Haven Plaza

Chat about the cultural center with PTP staff members before Inwood Art Works' screening of COMING TO AMERICA at 7:30pm.
RSVP for FILM WORKS ALFRESCO

papasito
August 12 | 10am-12pm
Dyckman Street

Corner of Dyckman Street and Broadway

Buunni
August 19 | 3-5pm
Buunni Coffee Inwood

4961 Broadway

Capital Project Team

Architect - WORKac

Theatre & Acoustics Consultant - Charcoalblue

Project Management - Envoie Projects

Pro bono Legal - Milbank; Kramer Levin

News Coverage

Immigrant cultural center planned for People’s Theatre Project

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“Our city needs this” “Nuestra ciudad lo necesita”

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NYC to Have Immigrant Research & Performing Arts Center

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Inwood Theater Gets $15M From City To Build New Immigrant Arts Center

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The People's Theater Project to Operate New Arts Center in Inwood

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El Proyecto Teatro del Pueblo, un refugio para la comunidad inmigrante

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City Watch with Mino Lora of People's Theatre Project

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People’s Theatre Project will run NYC’s first immigrant research and performing arts center

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Op-ed | A theater uptown, at long last

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VIDEO: People's Theatre Project to Open Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center

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Dominic Carter talks to Mino Lora about the announcement

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VIDEO: Construirán en Inwood Centro Cultural enfocado en teatro de y para inmigrantes

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NYC Announces $15 Million Project to Create New Immigrant Research & Performing Arts Center

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People's Theatre Project to Launch Immigrant Arts Center in Inwood

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News Releases

Mayor Adams Selects People's Theatre Project to own, Operate First-of-its-Kind Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center Coming to Inwood
With $15 Million Investment From City, New 17,000-Square-Foot Community Resource Will Serve Tens of Thousands of People Every Year

May 19, 2022

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that the People’s Theatre Project (PTP) — an immigrant- and women-led nonprofit — will own and operate a first-of-its-kind Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center (IRPAC) coming to Inwood. Filled with a range of visual and performing arts, the center will amplify the voices of New York City’s diverse immigrant communities and cultivate work by local artists and arts organizations. The city will invest $15 million to help PTP acquire a newly constructed cultural center that will deliver theater that is more equitable and representative of immigrants and people of color.

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