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Who We Are

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.

Learn more about us.

What We Do

We offer a range of arts instruction for children and adults. Most are FREE.
Click here to learn when FREE classes are offered.
Performing Arts Events
We host music, dance, and theatrical events on the main stage and in other unique spaces at the Palace.
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Over the past two years we've raised over $200K to return movies to the Palace for the first time since 1969.
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The Impact We Make

In 2016, our third full year of programming, UPCA:
Presented or produced 31 events that attracted a total of 15,553 guests, including:

9 movies, with pre-show entertainment
5 dance performances, including 2 performances of "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"
9 performances as part of "The Lobby Series"
6 events featuring our student performing artists

Served over 800 children from toddlers to teens through community art programs provided by us and our partner organizations.

Supporters and Partners

Since incorporating in 2012, UPCA has benefitted from the support of countless individuals, sponsors, and donors who have fallen in love with our mission and programs. Thank you to all our supporters and partners, including:

City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
City Council Member Mark Levine
Columbia University Medical Center 
The Hyde and Watson Foundation
Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
JBL Foundation
UPCA is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Click here to learn how you can support UPCA.

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