LIVE MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATER IN THE PARK
CityParks Shows plays a central role in activating City Parks Foundation’s mission to create vibrant and healthy urban communities through dynamic programming in parks for all New Yorkers. We bring hundreds of live music, dance and theater performances to communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs through the Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage festival, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the traveling PuppetMobile.
Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. In a typical year, SummerStage presents approximately 100 performances in 15-18 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, world music, dance, and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 35 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. In 2020, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere was launched in response to the global pandemic, presenting 80 free digital performances, spanning all genres, available to viewers around the world.
Each year we assemble some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect jazz luminary Charlie Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. In 2020, we are celebrating the 100th birthday of Charlie Parker in the 28th iteration of the festival. This vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York brings together stories, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists.
Generous private support for Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Shubert Organization, the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, including Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Diana Ayala, Bill Perkins, Keith Powers, Donovan Richards, Carlina Rivera, Debi Rose, Helen Rosenthal, and Raphael Salamanca. Only in Queens SummerStage Concert is presented by Borough President Melinda Katz with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and NYC Parks. Additional support is generously provided by our dedicated festival audience and SummerStage Members.
The refurbishment of SummerStage in Central Park is supported by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, The Thompson Family Foundation, the Jaharis Family Foundation, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Peter Shapiro & Dayglo Presents, the Troubh family, the Barse family, the Goodman Family Foundation, Alexander Durst, and many generous donors who have purchased seat plaques.
Generous private support for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is provided by The Weininger Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and The Prescott Fund for Children and Youth. In partnership with NYC Parks and Historic House Trust.
Generous private support for CityParks PuppetMobile is provided by The Weininger Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and The Prescott Fund for Children and Youth. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In partnership with NYC Parks.
We bring New Yorkers together in their parks by offering free programs. Although our programming is temporarily suspended, parks remain open to find solace, to exercise, and to remain healthy. Please give now if you can so that we can be back in parks soon.