Free and Interactive Art Exhibitions in NYC This Summer

Whether you’re visiting New York City for the week, summer, or live here, we all have one thing in common– trying to enjoy everything this wonderful city has to offer without hurting our wallets! Manhattan has plenty from bars and restaurants to Broadway shows, but right now let’s highlight take a look at some of the free events in the city.

Arts Brookfield enhances public spaces through the display of free cultural experiences and art exhibits throughout Brookfield’s premier buildings throughout the world. With 7 venues in New York City, Arts Brookfield will host multiple free exhibitions at Brookfield Place New York, Grace Building, One New York Plaza, Zuccotti Park, and 245 Park.

Brookfield Place New York
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10821

The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Corporation, an interactive art installation, is open to the public from June 10th to July 7th, 12:00 to 8:00 pm. After browsing the shops in Brookfield Place, walk outside and enjoy a view of the water while swinging on a musical swing set! Each swing represents one of four instruments– piano, guitar, harp, and vibraphone. The seats trigger sounds as participants swing back and forth, creating a collaborative music masterpiece. Be sure to get on line before 7:30 because the line will be cut off to ensure everyone gets a chance to experience the swings.

Air Pressure is an art exhibition depicting over 100 fabric forms of flying, moving birds inside Brookfield Place. This kinetic sculpture installation creates the visual effect of flying with each wing of every bird moving in a flapping motion so make sure to look up as you browse the shops! This exhibition is open from June 27th until September 12th.

Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10110

On every Thursday between July 7th and July 29th, stop by the Plaza in Grace Building for Melody + Word: An Exploration of Song! From 12:30 to 1:30 pm, this lunchtime series will feature upcoming singer-songwriters from all genres!
Check out the list of performers:
July 7- Aly Tadros
July14- Queen Esther
July 21- BONOMO
July 28- Rachel Kilgour

One New York Plaza
1 New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004

Last Wednesday’s is a monthly salon at One New York Plaza. Feel free to stop by and play the piano, toss a bean bag, ask a question, or just say hello! You can even request sheet music by tweeting @ArtsBrookfield or messaging them on facebook. Jazz is the theme of July and concerts will be held throughout the day by performers from The Julliard School. Stop by the last Wednesday of every month to participate!

Zuccotti Park
Broadway and Liberty Street
New York, NY 10006

Experience live music at Downtown Local every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm during your lunch break!
Check out the list of performers:
Jun 28- Jacob Cohen
July 5- Hot Hand Duo
July 12- Roberto Poveda: Troubadour of Brooklyn
July 19- Damin Quiñones y su conjunto
July 26- Aly Tadros

245 Park
Lexington Avenue Side
245 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10167

Stop by between 12:30 and 1:20 pm to experience Swinging Into Summer where Jazz musicians from The Julliard School perform! Make sure to catch the last performance on June 30th by The Jordan Young Trio: Featuring Jordan Young, Andrew Renfroe, Paolo Benedettini // The Art of the Trio.