Our mission is to uplift, educate, and unite through cultural arts in Washington Heights.
The United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2012 as the arts and cultural center at the majestic United Palace, Manhattan’s 4th largest theatre.
We provide cultural events from local, national, and international artists; arts education and mentoring for young people; and space as a community resource. We also show movies on a 50-foot screen, serving as the only movie theatre north of 128th Street.
More Information: http://www.unitedpalace.org/upca
The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center transforms the history site of my father’s martyrdom into an oasis of support for the ongoing struggle for social justice. For years the fate of the Audubon Ballroom and Theater was uncertain.
Located in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan, the doors of the Audubon closed shortly after my father’s assassination. Due to a lack of payment back taxes, the City of New York assumed ownership of the building in 1967.
It was eventually purchased by the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, which intended to demolish the entire building and erect a medical research center in its place. This plan however was met with fierce opposition by grass roots groups as well as my mother—all of whom wanted the building to remain standing as a memorial to my father’s humanitarian efforts; and, as a permanent symbol of the African American struggle for equality.
The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.
The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters’ collection comprises approximately two thousand works of art.
The Hispanic Society of America, located on Audubon Terrace, Broadway, New York, provides a free museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
The collections of the Hispanic Society are unparalleled in their scope and quality outside the Iberian Peninsula, addressing nearly every aspect of culture in Spain, as well as a large part of Portugal and Latin America, through the twentieth century.