History & Accomplishments

Founded in 1989 by three Lower East Side social activists, who still serve as board members, 5C Cultural Center (5CCC) was incorporated in 1996 as a not-for-profit. Its mission: to provide an innovative environment for education, activism and the performing arts. 501c3 status was approved in 2000. Offering wholesome food was realized in 2003.

Over the past fourteen years, 5CCC has presented nearly 1600 performing arts events covering music, spoken word and drama/theatre. We have tutored over 300 low-income students in Mathematics, Music, Spanish and English. Some participants have gone on to graduate from Yale, Columbia, and Stanford Universities, while others are pursuing their creative passions to become performing artists.

Current Programs

5CCC’s main programs include performing arts events, 5C Café and Arts/Education for children with autism. The majority of 5CCC’s programs operate out of our 50-seat venue that is viewed as a serene and friendly place.

Performing Arts: Great artists both known and unknown from the music and spoken word community perform. We pride ourselves in producing a variety of music including traditional jazz, experimental music and a wide range of spoken word entertainment.

5C Cafe: The Café serves a vegetarian menu, at affordable prices, providing a healthy alternative. The café also helps generate funds for 5CCC’s Performing Arts and Arts In Education programs.

Arts In Education For Children With Autism: We develop individualized instruction for autistic persons. Our approach is based on innovative but well tested principles. We have a roster of available teachers for Saturday and Sunday morning classes by appointment only. The fee is $35 for a half hour session and $65 for an hour session.

Jazz History Series: This series is devoted to jazz appreciation. Drawing upon our collection of 10,000 out of print LP records, film footage, and personal experience, the series provides a vivid portrayal of this American art form.

Support 5C

Donations are welcome and are tax deductible. Make checks payable to:
5C Cultural Center and send to 5C Cultural Center PO Box 20666 New York, NY 10009

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