Connecting Community, Arts & Culture Uptown!

About NMAC

NORTHERN MANHATTAN ARTS AND CULTURE (NMAC) is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to sustaining and promoting the cultural ecosystem of Washington Heights and Inwood.

Community Goals

Through our website and programming, NMAC connects those creating and consuming art in Northern Manhattan.  With NMAC’s searchable on-line artists, space, and institutional databases, art-makers and art-lovers are able to find and support one another throughout Washington Heights and Inwood. Additionally, we seek to identify different types of venues for art-making; and to strengthen the development and funding capacities of NMAC in order to continue to promote programming that highlights Uptown culture.

Steering Committee

Aaron Simms

Inwood Art Works
NMAC Chair

Natalie Espino

CB12 Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee
NMAC Vice-Chair

Joanna Castro

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance

Monica Callan

Grange Hall Cultural Center/Moxie Productions
NMAC Secretary

Dennis Reeder

Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation
NMAC Treasurer

Ruth Lilienstein-Gatton

Lonnie EJ Cooper

UP Theater Company

Sally Fisher

Friends of Inwood Hill Park

Mary-Beth Shine


Jeanine McAdam

Marcela Xavier

Bread and Yoga

Rik Walter

UP Theater Company
NMAC Administrative Manager

The Background

The organizations comprising NMAC’s steering committee initially united under the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ Building Community Capacity initiative, a grant-funded program designed to collaboratively advance the artistic culture of four low-income neighborhoods. The program brings together local arts stakeholders for intensive training sessions, workshops, and public activities designed to highlight the importance of the arts to a thriving community. Washington Heights and Inwood entered DCLA’s BCC program in April 2016. The program lasts through December 2017.

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