Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day

Admission: FREE

    Photo Credit: Amanda Gentile

Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day
in association with PAL William J. Duncan Center, Children’s Museum of the Arts, and Cultivate HKNY

Sunday, March 15 | 12 pm – 4 pm

We open our doors to celebrate Ireland’s national holiday!

This St. Patrick’s weekend explore and engage in a free day of Irish arts and culture. Learn to play the tin whistle, speak Irish with our talented instructors, discover Ireland’s diaspora through a life-size bead maze, enjoy all new art-making workshops including a fairy costume station with Teaching Artists, practice your football skills with Manhattan Gaels, sip Barry’s tea with friends old and new, and end the day with a faery dance party with DJ Púca. For all ages!

For all ages!


12:00 Irish Music & Dance Performances by IAC Céilí Band and Students  
1:30     Ards CCÉ: Live Music and Dance
2:00 Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance
2:30   Noel Hill and Martin O'Connell
3:15    Saturday Morning Cartoons
A selection of animated shows and shorts

(Entrance right next door)
ALL DAY St. Patrick’s Day Arts and Crafts with IAC Afternoon Art Party and Children’s Museum of Art
12:30   The First Step: A Fun Intro to Irish Dance for Kids (Section A) and performance from Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance
1:00   Irish recess: Interactive Workshop in Irish for Kids!
1:30  The First Step: A Fun Intro to Irish Dance for Kids with Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance (Section B)
2:00 Gaelic Football with Manhattan Gaels
2:30  Awesome Faery Dance Party 

(Just walk through the gym)       
1:00 Story Time with IAC Kids’ Book Club
1:30 Introductory Irish Language Class for Adults
2:30     Tin Whistle Workshop for Kids (8 and up only)**
3:00 Tin Whistle Workshop for Adults**
  **For Tin whistle workshops bring your own whistle or purchase in workshop for $10 

ALL DAY   Community Garden Key Distribution
12:30 Gardens of Ireland: Traditional and Modern Garden Design
with Landscape Designer Martine Holmquist

Please note: last minute scheduling changes may occur.



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Open Day Artists, Performers, and Speakers:

Ards CCÉ
Ards CCÉ is a group of extremely talented Irish musicians, vocalists and champion Irish dancers from Bangor, Co Down, N Ireland. The group has held many regional, provincial and All Ireland titles and they have performed their Award Winning Show at music festivals all over Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Denmark and Italy.

They have also appeared on TV stations ‘TG4’ and ‘Irish TV’ (sky channel 191) and were recently described by Irish media as “The Best of Irish Culture”. Over the past few years the group has released 3 CDs and also been support acts for “Beoga”, “Sharon Shannon”, “Lunasa”, “Frankie Gavin & De Dannan” and “Dervish”.....5 of Ireland’s most celebrated bands. Furthermore the group has performed for American Cruise Ships, local council events, major tourist attractions and top government officials....the list is endless! www.ardscce.co.uk

Noel Hill
Noel Hill is without peer as a concertina player. Starting in the 1970’s, the Clare man revolutionized the sound of the little hexagonal-ended squeezebox, bringing to it a repertoire and chordal accompaniment style borrowed from the uilleann piping tradition. Noel’s duet recordings with button accordionist Tony MacMahon are legendary.

Martin O’Connell
''All-Ireland Accordion Champion, Martin O’Connell, a younger Kerry native whose technique and taste on the two-row button box are impeccable''. Martin is a dynamic and energetic presence throughout the New York traditional Irish music scene having performed in concert halls, such Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and collaborated with Mick Moloney as part of the Celtic Appalachia concert in Symphony Space, NYC.

Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance
Niall O'Leary TCRG, ADCRG is from Dublin Ireland. A former All-Ireland and World Champion, he founded the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance in Dublin in 1995, in the New York metropolitan area in 1996, in Florida in 2007, and Cancun, Mexico 2012. The School is currently the largest in New York City. www.nialloleary.com/school/

Colette Murphy
Colette Murphy lives in Brooklyn and was the recipient of the 2008 Estelle Levy Award and 2009 Tony Smith Award. Her solo exhibitions have run in New York, London, Berlin, Venice and Dublin. Her most recent exhibition Gone to Ground ran in Emerson Gallery, Berlin. Her work has been published in New American Paintings. She received her MFA from Hunter College in 2008.

Lisa O’Donnell
Lisa O'Donnell was born in Galway, Ireland. She received her BA Fine Art at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and her MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London. In December 2014 she completed a three-month residency at New York Artist and Residency Foundation. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and two solo exhibitions in Ireland, the UK and the USA. In 2014 she was long-listed for the John Moores painting prize and completed a residency at the Tyrone Gutherie Centre. O'Donnell's paintings in Trasatlantacha explore the construction of personal and collective memories and histories, contemplating the Irish diaspora in New York during the eighties and early nighties.

Martine Holmquist
Martine Holmquist has worked in the landscaping industry in New York City since 2009 and is the owner her own roof-top garden design company. Born in Germany and raised in France and Southern California to a landscape designer and a cinematographer, she has traveled through Western Europe as well as exotic places such as South Africa and Australia, always with an eye towards exploring the native flora and landscape design. She has experience working with the native plants of the Mid-Atlantic states, Southern California, and Western Europe. She enjoys community gardening, visiting the many botanical gardens in the metropolitan area and hiking around the scenic Hudson River Valley.

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