92nd Street Y Receives $5 Million to Transform Harkness Dance Center

92nd Street Y Receives $5 Million to Transform Harkness Dance Center

The 92nd Street Y in New York City has announced a $5 million gift from arts patron and dance educator Jody Gottfried Arnhold and her husband, John, to expand the Harkness Dance Center.

The gift to the center will support an expansion of Buttenweiser Hall and create a new flexible-use space, to be named for Arnhold, that enables the center to meet the expectations of its growing patron base through enhanced programming and training for a new generation of dance teachers.

Arnhold, who serves on the board of the 92nd Street Y, is the founder of the organization's Dance Education Laboratory. The center, which at one time was home to legendary and boundary-pushing performers such as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, and Merce Cunningham, hosts contemporary dance leaders and provides dance education and professional development programming.

"Harkness Dance Center is the historic home of modern dance and a leader in dance education, teacher training, and curriculum development through the Dance Education Laboratory," said Arnhold. "I'm proud to support the center’s physical expansion with this gift, which will allow even more students, educators, and audience members to benefit from all that 92Y has to offer in dance."

"Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Dance Educator and Advocate for the Arts, Donates $5 Million to Transform the Iconic Harkness Dance Center for the Next Generation of Artists, Educators, and Audiences." 92nd Street Y Press Release 04/01/2019.