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Mission Statement

Symphony Space is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center where bold programming, presented in a uniquely warm and welcoming environment, forges indelible relationships between artists and audiences. Our fundamental mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts.

On our New York City stages, through our national broadcasts, and in the classrooms and communities we serve throughout the country, we foster access to the arts through all the disciplines.  Our embrace of the audience and the arts is wide, and the experience of our audience is deep and enriched.


Symphony Space was founded in the belief that the arts bring people together, transcending barriers to celebrate our similarities and differences.  Through adventurous and impactful programming, commissions, and conversations, Symphony Space continues to invigorate these guiding principles, creating magical moments that harness the power of the arts to engage and inspire.


Our core values are rooted in the spirit of our visionary founders and are intrinsic to our beliefs and actions.  We are committed to:

Forging connections between artists and community

Fostering accessibility—financially, culturally, and artistically

Cultivating engagement across multiple art forms and with other arts and cultural organizations

Building community by playing an active role in our immediate neighborhood, the larger city, and across the nation

Championing arts education for children and literacy initiatives for adults