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National Arts Club reopens with Warhol exhibit, free art lessons, tours, jazz at first Community Day

The National Arts Club invites arts lovers of all ages to it first-ever Community Day, celebrating the club’s reopening and fall season, on Sun., Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Gramercy Park South club will offer a variety of free activities, including family arts lessons, live music, historic architecture tours of the landmark NAC clubhouse and an exhibition of works by Andy Warhol.

Tour the historic Tilden Mansion. (Courtesy NAC)

The NAC’s fall program season follows the theme of “NAC Next: A Season of Innovation” and is supported by Amazon. From September to November, more than 50 programs will focus on new works and interpretations of classics in the worlds of art, music, dance, theater and beyond.

The club’s fall season also features the unveiling of four newly renovated galleries with “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop | Works from the Bank of America Collection.” The exhibition showcases more than 80 portfolios and individual prints spread over two floors of the NAC’s historic building.

Enjoy art. (Courtesy NAC)

In addition to the Warhol exhibit, which will be viewable during all of Community Day, there will be family arts activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., historic architecture tours of the club’s Tilden Mansion, starting at 10:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m., and Jazz on the Stoop from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Founded in 1898, the National Arts Club, at 15 Gramercy Park South, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts.

Dig Jazz on the Stoop. (Courtesy NAC)

Annually, the club offers more than 150 free public programs, including exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, lectures and readings, attracting an audience of more than 25,000 members and guests. Feature programs focus on all artistic disciplines.

Since 2019, the club has been undergoing a renaissance. New initiatives — such as an artist fellowship, an outdoor concert series and online programming — have attracted new audiences. Efforts have been made to reimagine, renovate and preserve the mansion’s galleries and historic spaces.

The NAC also provides therapeutic art instruction to children in the care of the city’s Administration of Children’s Services, artistic inspiration to students of Gramercy Arts High School, a series of concerts featuring Black and Latino musicians presented in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and the Sphinx Organization, and scholarships to children attending Gramercy Brass Band Camp 2021.

For a full list of events or to learn more, visit nationalartsclub.org.

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