Today's conventions are more social than ever and in turn, the centers they are held in must be flexible. Any space within a convention center is a potential learning area and should encourage connection and community.
The Armory, located in Upper Manhattan, a famed building in the world of track and field, is also a popular venue for meetings and conventions. A 250,000-square-foot facility with a 65,000-square-foot indoor arena, The Armory is a great space for all different types of events. In addition, The Armory offers other interesting spaces including a Hall of Fame Museum, an intimate 80-seat fully equipped theater, and the completely restored Millrose Board Room.
Many conventions include an altruistic element, and The Armory is a popular spot for build-a-bike programs. "A facility like The Armory has the space necessary for such programs," says Sam Hunter, owner of teambuilding and event company On Target Teams, which has facilitated "Bikes for Kids" events for JPMorgan, Citigroup, and Bank of America.
Today, not only are convention centers being used for meetings and trade shows, but for unconventional uses as well. The inaugural Namaste on Track is being held at The Armory on Nov. 11 featuring four teachers well-known for their expertise in a variety of practices.
"We are looking forward to welcoming these four prominent teachers and participants to our first ever Namaste on Track," says Rita Finkel, Armory Foundation co-president. "Their respective backgrounds are synonymous with the rising popularity of yoga and its support of a healthy lifestyle. This is a new and unique way to make excellent use of our historic and state-of-the-art center."
Proceeds go to the Armory College Prep and Armory College Prep Middle School programs that serve students from underserved communities.