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Harlem Community Arts Fund Grants to 17 Harlem Artists
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Harlem Community Arts Fund  Grants to 17 Harlem Artists
$30,500 Awarded to Harlem-Based Artists & Organizations
April 27, 2010

The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) today announced the recipients of the Harlem Community Arts Fund (HCAF) Winter/Spring 2010 grant awards cycle. For Individual Artist Support for Creative Development, the eight recipients follow:

Sonia Barnett, Petrushka Bazin, Lenore Browne, Kristin Carpenter, James Gillard, Teresa Michelle Lasley, Tara Parsons and Celia Peters.

The nine recipients of grants for Organizational Support for Capacity Building or Arts in the Community follow:

Crucial Arts Production, Inc., Dances for a Variable Population, Harlem Opera Theater, Historic Harlem Parks Coalition, Making Music Matter, Movement Theatre Company, NY African Chorus Ensemble Inc., Ordeo Duo, and Take Wing & Soar Productions, Inc.

Major support for the Harlem Community Arts Fund is provided by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ). An HCAF Grantee Showcase Weekend, April 30 & May 1, will introduce the new grant recipients and recognize the work of previous visual arts and filmmaker grantees at the Dwyer Cultural Center (258 St. Nicholas Avenue @ W. 123 Street) in Harlem. 

The Harlem Community Arts Fund (HCAF) Grantee Showcase Weekend begins with a reception from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, April 30, to introduce the Winter 2010 HCAF recipients, followed by a panel discussion and presentation of the work of past visual artist awardees Roy Secord, Misha McGlown and Sandra Bell, moderated by art curator, Debra Vanderburg Spencer.

On Saturday, May 1, from Noon until 4:00pm, there will be a film showcase & panel discussion, featuring past HCAF-awarded filmmakers Joanes Prosper, James Gillard and Michelle Garcia, moderated by Moikgantsi Kgama, founder and executive director of ImageNation Cinema Foundation.

All of these activities take place at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue (entrance on W. 123rd Street). The HCAF Grantee Showcase weekend is co-presented by the HARLEM Arts Alliance, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and the Shared Space Initiative.

The Harlem Community Arts Fund was established by the HARLEM Arts Alliance in 2008 to support the needs and aspirations of Harlem’s creative community and further the organizational and artistic development of both artists and arts organizations based in and providing service within the Harlem community bounded by 110th Streets, from the Hudson River to Fifth Avenue (Community Districts 9 & 10 only), and is not restricted on the basis of race, sexual preference, ethnicity or religious affiliation.

The HARLEM Arts Alliance is a not-for-profit service organization committed to nurturing the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations based in Harlem and surrounding communities. Over 700 members strong, the HARLEM Arts Alliance provides a critical set of programs and services for its constituents and serves as a strong voice for the artistic and cultural life of Harlem.