Armory Arts Week in New York City


In its fourteen years, The Armory Show has become an international institution, and every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York City their destination. The concept of a week of arts-related events grew organically, and was formalized with the support of the city in 2009.

 Armory Arts Week 2012 Public Programming includes: 

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2012 – Uptown & Museum Mile
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – The Armory Show Opening Preview Benefit at MoMA
  • Thursday, March 8, 2012 – Bronx Day & SoHo Night
  • Friday, March 9, 2012 – Long Island City Night
  • Saturday, March 10, 2012 – Chelsea Day & Brooklyn Night
  • Sunday, March 11, 2012 – Lower East Side / Downtown

Mission of Armory Arts Week

In celebration of the city’s unparalleled artistic communities, Armory Arts Week highlights a neighborhood or borough’s arts scene each night with events. Past events have included special receptions, open studios, art tours, museum discounts, performances, panels, artist discussions and parties. 


Armory Arts Week attracts visitors from all over the world, as well as residents of New York City and the Tri-State area. According to a 2007 independent economic impact study, of the 52,000 visitors to The Armory Show, 56 percent (29,000) were visitors to New York City; out-of-town visitors were comprised of 11,000 from other countries, 5,000 living in the suburbs of NYC, and 13,000 from elsewhere in the United States; and among all out-of-town visitors, 73 percent cited The Armory Show as their primary reason for being in New York City.


The Armory Show partners with NYC & Company, the city’s official marketing and tourism firm, to publish and distribute 40,000 maps with schedules at participating venues and tourist kiosks.

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