The Red Stage has taken over Astor Place! Stop by everyday through July 4th for events, cultural performances, and so much more. Check out the schedule here.

A special thanks to The Village Alliance for bringing this to the neighborhood.

Situated on Astor Place, one of the city’s most historic and iconic plazas, Rashid Johnson’s Red Stage is a public invitation to experiment and create after a year of chronic anxiety. Drawing on histories of conceptual art and speaker’s corners, the sculpture is a literal and metaphorical platform for participation and contestation as we build a future within and beyond the pandemic.

Red Stage, which was designed by artist Rashid Johnson, is “an emergency call for artists and individuals to ask, ‘What new ways of togetherness and experimentation can form in times of crisis? What becomes possible when makers have open access to improvise, experiment, and play together, free from barriers between artist and stage?'”

Of course, there will be Creative Time-organized programs and artist-curated takeovers, including “Resurgence,” a series of opening performances, walks, and interactive events, “Assembly”, a day of intimate conversations between poets and activists on the public commons post-pandemic, “Remedy,” a series of workshops, reading groups, performances, and sound baths with herbalists, apothecaries, and artists, “Call and Response + Civic Action,” a day of civic joy, music, and political education with For Freedoms to mark Flag Day, along with civic interventions leading up to a historic New York City primary election, and “Play,” a festive day of games like double dutch, dance classes, drum lines, mimes, chess and artist-led play.