AT the Center

NECS offers after school, weekend and summer programs for young people ages 8 – 18 providing classes in arts and performance, Science and technology as well as tools for leadership and empowerment, collaboration, creative problem-solving, self-expression, confidence and opportunities to engage in social action.

Through collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of local organizations, artist and families, NECS delivers programs that are creative, experiential, promotes problem solving skills, social emotional learning and a sense of citizenship. NECS employs a caring team of adult mentors that develop and provide innovative curriculum that weaves character development into all aspects of our programs.


Children’s Theater 

Each February, NECS presents a new theatre production. Our children’s theatre program is dedicated to inspiring children and youth to become social agents by engaging with the magic of theatre. We maintain a commitment to develop in each child a keen sense moral leadership alongside their artistic achievements. Our productions attract roughly 600 audience members each year.

The award winning Children’s Theatre Company of New York (CTC) which was launched in 1999, was the inspiration of the formation of the CTC Peekskill chapter in 2006. Since its inception CTC Peekskill has grown to become and inspiration in its community, inspiring an average of 24 children each season who participate in our theatre program.

Rehearsal: Cast members meet from October through February on Saturdays to rehearse and learn the play. Emphasis is given to teamwork, respect, self discipline and having fun. We believe the process and journey is as important than the final product so we take the time to help our cast build bonds of friendship and community.

Performance: Performances typically take place in early February with 4 performances over two weekend. The entire community of staff, students and parents are part of the production team. CTC aims to build community by involving the families and community members who model community service to the participants.

Participation: our program is open to all children all. We will not turn down a child based on financial difficulties. We also allow parents to set up payment plans and make a monthly payment.

Dance As Activism

This program aims to create dance choreography in collaboration with the participants and professional artists to create dynamic, original work. Combining hip-hop and modern dance, theater, music, and rap, the participants will tell their stories based on their lived experiences and express their vision of a solution and change through their creative expression and dance.

NECS young artists between the ages of 13 and 18 to join them in a 6-month process of rehearsals, workshops, and scriptwriting sessions to create original dance pieces that will combine creative expression with political activism. The dances address current social and political issues that affect the lives of young people. In this creative way, the participants develop their artistic talents along with problem solving and critical thinking abilities. The dance Company meets weekly at to create and rehearse. Performances take place within the community at local churches and or the school district.


NECS runs two photography workshops each year for teenagers and adults; one in the Fall and the other in the Spring. This workshop is open to all amateur and professional photographers using DSLR’s or iPhones. Program is designed to inspire youth to “exercise their eye” with the camera. The benefits gained by this is an appreciation for nature and beauty, mindfulness, confidence, creativity, decision making and self expression, all of which are useful in the “bigger picture” of life.

Participants engage in a discussion of basic photography principles. They hike along trails in the park and walk along downtown Peekskill taking photographs. They cover landscape photography, still life, and candid portraiture.

Digital Arts

Digital Imaging and Animation

Students develop and design animated shorts with Adobe Photoshop. They will start by learning digital painting skills and the use of a drawing tablet and stylus to paint backgrounds and character designs. They will practice digital animation techniques and principles such as story boarding, timing, motion, squash and stretch, staging and onion skinning. Students engage in all aspects of production from initial sketches on paper to developing and exporting the final output to create their own original 2D animated stories. Middle School Students.

High School Apprenticeship Program

Through Apprenticeship & Mentorship program, NECS aims to create a vocational pathway for future employment by including local high school students with local creative professionals on real world projects, all centered in the STEAM disciplines. Our local youth gains real-world experience, side by side with seasoned business professionals as they learn about applying their creativity to achieve client business goals. They learn skills like graphic design, web design and web development while working on real projects with a professional.

High school Students 1 – 2 hrs per day, twice a week with creative professionals. Students will be involved in all aspects of the design; ideation, sketch, presentation, feedback, refining and digital design. Candidates are selected based on an interview process of NECS’ recommended creative, technically savvy and mature youth. The finished product becomes a nice promotional piece and resume for the participants involved in the program.

leadership and empowerment

The Virtues Program

The purpose of virtues program is to lovingly encourage the development qualities such as compassion, courage, empathy, kindness and justice. The program’s aim is to help children build leadership and moral capacity, strong social emotional skills in order to empower them to become socially responsible individuals. Participants learn about different virtues through story-telling, discussion, music, cooperative games, arts and crafts.

Junior Youth Leadership and Empowerment Clubs

Our youth leadership and empowerment program aims to assist youth to navigate through a crucial stage in their lives. Those in their early adolescent years possess altruism, a sense of justice, eagerness to learn about the universe, and a desire to contribute to the construction of a better world. The program helps youth form a strong moral identity and empowers them to contribute to the well-being of themselves, their communities and the world at large.

We achieve this through service and social action, exploring inspiring literature, social interactions, field trips and fun activities and creative expression through the arts. By developing their moral qualities, intellectual capabilities and their capacities for service to society, the participants come to see that they can become agents of positive change in the world.

The Club will meet Bi-weekly from September through June. Activities will include service projects, arts & craft workshops, fun field trips and whatever the girls can think up to do together.

Social Justice Youth Club

The Social Justice Youth Program engages youth in the movement to create a more just society by using their voice and creative expression as a tool for positive change. The group is open to youth ages 15-25 who envision a more just tomorrow for everyone. This is a year-round program that includes monthly meet-ups to learn about the history of our nation and how race has impacted all areas of their lives.

The program will focus on issues that the participants find important and the topics will include race, discrimination, gender inequalities, civil and human rights and environmental issues and more. Program activities will include attending workshops and seminars, interactive meetings, trips to NYC to participate in seminars. Participants will be required volunteer for a certain number of hours throughout the year. Youth will engage with adult mentors, artists, professionals, and activists in various fields of social justice.

Yoga And Mindfulness 

Our yoga class is a self-exploratory and character building program. Incorporating “Social Emotional Learning,” our instructors helps students develop strategies that will be useful in school and life to manage the challenges they may face. Tools such as mindfulness of self and others, self reflection, and self regulation skills while strengthening core and physical endurance.

Nature Connection Summer Camp and After school 

Nature connection engages participants in nature-centered activities designed to foster the well-being of participants and their communities, and encourage an understanding and respect for the interconnectedness of all living things.
Over the course of the program, participants gain a greater understanding of themselves and their connection to nature, explore their environment, and learn about sustainable living practices, and ecological balance principles. Each day is spent learning about their inner strengths through activities designed to foster leadership, and teamwork, while exploring and discovering nature. Activities include art & science, gardening and farming, stories, journaling, games, hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, community service and weekly field trips to visit a farm in Garrison.

NECS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions can be made payable to New Era Creative Space and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. To Make a Donation CLICK HERE or mail donation to New Era Creative Space, 1016 Brown St., Peekskill NY 10566