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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 125TH Street Business Improvement District, The Harlem Arts Alliance And Harlem Community Development Corporation Unveil the winning designs for the 2012 "BID on Culture" Banner Competition

The 2012 "BID on Culture" Banner Competition Partners will Highlight Winning Banner Designs by Five Professional Visual Artists

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On Tuesday, June 26th from 1:00PM – 2:00 PM, prior to the 125th Street BID’s 19th Annual Meeting, a Press Conference and Unveiling of the five winning banner designs will be Held. .

New York, NY, June 12, 2012 – On Tuesday, June 26 at 1PM, the 125th Street Business Improvement District, the Harlem Arts Alliance and Harlem Community Development Corporation will hold a press conference at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem, to unveil the new banner designs for the fourth annual "BID on Culture” banner program. The "BID on Culture" banner unveiling will consist of five banners custom-designed by visual artists. The banners will be installed along 125th Street, from Fifth Avenue to Morningside Avenue, 125th Street between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue and on Twelfth Avenue between 125th and 138th Streets for one year.

This year’s "BID on Culture" theme, "Harlem: A Cultural Legacy," reflects and celebrates the cultural impact and legacy of people of the African-Diaspora on the history, culture and development of Harlem. The winning banner designs were selected from more than 75 entries. The winning artists will each receive $1,000 and .their banners will add to 125th Street’s rich history as the center and heart of culture in Harlem. The banners will be an extension of a community that enjoys worldwide name recognition and has an unparalleled history of contributions to society in the fields of art, fashion, food and entertainment.

The "BID on Culture" banner program is an ongoing initiative of the 125th Street BID that is intended to showcase the cultural vitality of Harlem along the famed 125th Street. Its objective is to promote recognition and understanding of Harlem’s unique and authentic heritage, its role as a vibrant center of arts and culture and to help promote the continued revitalization of 125th Street.

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"At the BID, we have a public improvement infrastructure and design strategy that focuses on "Paying Attention to Detail". Our partnership with the Harlem Arts Alliance and Harlem Community Development Corporation has enabled us to bring design elements and creativity from our local artists that demonstrate the cultural design sensibility we are seeking," says Barbara Askins, President and CEO of 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID).

"We are delighted to partner with BID on this amazing project," says Michael Unthank, Executive Director of Harlem Arts Alliance. "The Harlem Arts Alliance is committed to

showcasing and acknowledging artistic talent and the "BID on Culture" project is an excellent way to highlight the artists and their works, while continuing to enrich the Harlem community.

"125th Street and Harlem are iconic treasures that are known worldwide" says Wayne A. Benjamin, Harlem CDC’s Director of Residential and Commercial Development. "The "BID on Culture" project is a wonderful annual initiative that further brands and promotes these legendary gems, enriching the streetscape with unique artistic expression and bringing together business and the arts."

For more information about the "BID on Culture" project, and the upcoming press conference, go to www.harlemaa.org.

About Harlem Arts Alliance:

Harlem Arts Alliance: As Harlem’s arts service organization, HAA nurtures the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem and surrounding areas, and serves as a strong advocate for the health and vitality of the Harlem cultural community. www.harlemmaa.org.

125th Street Business Improvement District:

The 125th Street Business Improvement District seeks to develop a community-based vision to maintain the heritage of 125th Street, to help secure future cultural presentation and production in Harlem and to encourage the ongoing revitalization of 125th Street as a premier art, culture and entertainment destination. www.125thstreetbid.com.

Harlem Community Development Corporation ("Harlem CDC"):

Harlem CDC, a New York State community and economic development agency, serves the greater Harlem community, including East Harlem, Central Harlem, West Harlem and Washington Heights, through planning and facilitating the development of a range of community development projects and revitalization initiatives and restore Upper Manhattan as an economically stable and culturally vibrant community. www.harlemcdc.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Harlem Celebrates Black Music Month 2011 at Nine Venues Throughout Harlem

BID ON CULTURE’s Month-long Celebration Includes Blues, Jazz, Gospel, R & B, Classical, Caribbean, Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Funk and Soul Music Performances - Plus Spoken Word, Art and More!

HARLEM, USA, June 7, 2011 – Celebrate Black Music Month in Harlem throughout June at nearly 100 events at nine venues throughout the area. The month-long celebration, presented by BID ON CULTURE, features jazz, blues, gospel, R & B, classical, Caribbean, salsa, Afro-Cuban, funk and soul music performances as well as spoken word, art and other entertainment. Known worldwide as the epicenter of Black culture, Harlem’s contribution to American music and all the arts is legendary.


Experience the exciting sounds of Harlem at BID ON CULTURE’s Black Music Month at Aloft Harlem, Apollo Theater, Dwyer Cultural Center, Harlem Stage, Lenox Lounge, Melba’s, Showman’s Café, Studio Museum in Harlem and Sylvia’s Also Lounge.


The 125th Street Business Improvement District (the 125th Street BID), the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) and Harlem Community Development Corporation (HCDC) have joined forces to create BID ON CULTURE to showcase and promote Harlem’s unique heritage while bringing recognition to the many talented entertainers and venues throughout the area.


"We are pleased and proud to continue the celebration of the rich history of music in Harlem,” said Barbara Askins, President and CEO, the 125th Street BID. "Home to numerous music legends and the center of many history-making moments at clubs and concert halls, Harlem is the perfect place to celebrate Black music in June and all throughout the year.”


Highlights of Harlem’s Black Music Month celebration include Stevie Wonder; Nat Adderley, Jr.; Jason Marshall Trio; Ray Schinnery; Cynthia Holiday; Danny Mixon; From Havana to Harlem: 100 years of Maria Bauza with Bobby Sanabria, Candido, Jon Faddis, David Amram, La Bruja, Charenee Wade and Felipe Luciano; Onaje Allan Gumbs, Alex Blake, Sounds of Afrika, Taeko Fukao, Fred McFarlane, Ben Williams & Sound Effect; Kwame Afrifa; Mighty Voices of Praise and many more.


"It is a pleasure and a privilege to join our partners, the 125th Street BID and Harlem Community Development Corporation, to once again recognize the contributions of Black music and musicians to the world of entertainment, said Voza Rivers, Chairman of the Board of the HAA. "Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Billie Holiday and many more world-renowned musicians have made their mark on Harlem. Likewise, Harlem has been the inspiration for the creation and development of the ever-evolving music scene and, without a doubt, will continue to be the heart and soul of Black music.”


Wayne Benjamin, Harlem CDC’s Director, Residential Development, added, "Harlem is more than a neighborhood, it is a way of life. Our businesses and cultural organizations share the goal of showcasing Harlem as a unique, culturally diverse and vibrant community. The 2011 Black Music Month celebration is an excellent way for Harlem to exhibit our one-of-a-kind culture and embrace New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.”


The BID ON CULTURE project is an on-going initiative of the 125th Street BID in partnership with the Harlem Arts Alliance and Harlem Community Development Corporation. The project showcases the cultural vitality of Harlem along its primary commercial thoroughfare – the famed 125th Street. Its objective is to promote recognition and understanding of Harlem’s unique and authentic heritage, its role as a vibrate center of culture and to help promote the continued revitalization of 125th Street as the economic and artistic heart of Harlem.


Among the BID ON CULTURE’s upcoming events is the third annual Banner Competition in which professional artists submitted designs in celebration of Harlem’s musical legacy as well as personalities and venues associated with Harlem’s contribution to the history and development of music in America. Winners will be announced on June 21 and the winning banners will be hung from streetlight poles along 125th Street from Fifth Avenue to Morningside Avenue.


The sponsors of the BID ON CULTURE project are Aloft Harlem, Applebee’s, The College of New Rochelle, Con Edison, City College of New York, the Hip-Hop Culture Center, The Mama Foundation and NYC & Company.


125th Street Business Improvement District: The 125th Street BID is a non-profit organization funded primarily from an additional tax assessment collected from the property owners within the defined boundaries. Organized in compliance with state and city laws, the property and business and business owners determine the services and programs needed for the district. The BID will utilize the competition to bring visibility to its streetscape improvement efforts and to enliven the community’s central business district. www.125thstreetbid.com.


Harlem Arts Alliance: As Harlem’s arts service organization, HAA nurtures the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem and surrounding areas, and serves as a strong advocate for the health and vitality of the Harlem cultural community. www.harlemmaa.org


Harlem Community Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Empire State Development Corporation, serves the greater Harlem community through planning and implementing a range of community development and revitalization initiatives for restoring Upper Manhattan as an economically stable and culturally vibrant community. For more information on Harlem CDC and its role in Harlem River Park, please visit http://www.harlemcdc.org/Planning/planning_hr_park.htm.


BID ON CULTURE’s Black Music Month in Harlem continues:
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Aloft and Harlem Arts Alliance present Artz, Rootz & Rhythm: Taeko Jazz Band, Aloft, 8:00 pm
Blue Tuesdays: Sweet Georgia Brown, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Tickets: $3 cover; $16 drink minimum

Open Mic Night hosted by Petawane and Fred McFarlane, Melba’s

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Lyrical Soul: Poetry, Open Mic, Live Music, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Showtime: 7:00 pm
Nate Lucas Organ Trio, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Tickets: $3 cover; $16 drink minimum

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Karaoke & Martini Thursday, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Showtime: 7:00 pm
Fred McFarlane, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Tickets: $3 cover; $16 drink minimum

Friday, June 10, 2011
Fusion Fridays, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Live DJ: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $5 after 9:00 pm

Jazz @ the Dwyer with The Jason Marshall Trio, Dwyer Cultural Center, 7:00 pm
Tickets: $15

Melvin Davis featuring Gloria Davis, Lenox Lounge, 8:30 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

Ray Schinnery AKA Blues Man, Showman’s, 9:30 pm
Melvin Davis featuring Gloria Davis, Lenox Lounge, 10:00 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

Ray Schinnery AKA Blues Man, Showman’s, 11:30 pm
Late, Late Night Jazz with Greg Bandy, Lenox Lounge, 12:00 am – 4:00 am
Ray Schinnery AKA Blues Man, Showman’s, 1:30 am

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Nat Adderley, Jr. Trio, Lenox Lounge, 8:30 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

John Tendy Trio, Showman’s, 9:30 pm
Nat Adderley, Jr. Trio, Lenox Lounge, 10:00 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

Caribbean Meets Soul: The Best of Both Worlds, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, 10:00 pm
John Tendy Trio, Showman’s, 11:30 pm
Late, Late Night Jazz with Bill Saxton, Lenox Lounge, 12:00 am – 4:00am
John Tendy Trio, Showman’s, 1:30 am

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Lafayette Harris Jazz Open Mic, Lenox Lounge, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tickets: $10 cover; $16 drink minimum

Monday, June 13, 2011
Apollo Theater Spring Gala 2011: Stevie Wonder Apollo Legends Hall of Fame Induction, Apollo Theater, 7:00 pm
Tickets: $250 (show only); $1,250 (VIP Gala + Supper Club Tickets)

Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet, Lenox Lounge, 9:00 pm – 2:00 am
Tickets: $10 cover; $16 drink minimum

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Aloft and Harlem Arts Alliance present Artz, Rootz & Rhythm: Nathan Lucas Jazz Band, Aloft, 8:00 pm
Blue Tuesdays: Sweet Georgia Brown, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Open Mic Night hosted by Petawane and Fred McFarlane, Melba’s

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Lyrical Soul: Poetry, Open Mic, Live Music, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Showtime: 7:00 pm
Nate Lucas Organ Trio, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Karaoke & Martini Thursday, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Showtime: 7:00 pm
Folk Art Series on Ghanaian Gospel Music in Harlem, Dwyer Cultural Center, 7:00 pm
Suggested donation: $5

Fred McFarlane, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Friday, June 17, 2011
Harlem Arts Alliance: Artz, Rootz & Rhythm featuring live bands & visual artists, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 – 7:00, Showtime: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Live DJ: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $5 after 9:00 pm

Bon Voyage Party: Sabrina Bridge Bach, Lenox Lounge, 8:30 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

Lou Volpe Quartet, Showman’s, 9:30 pm
Bon Voyage Party: Sabrina Bridge Bach, Lenox Lounge, 10:00 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

Lou Volpe Quartet, Showman’s, 11:30 pm
Late, Late Night Jazz with Greg Bandy, Lenox Lounge, 12:00 am – 4:00 am
Lou Volpe Quartet, Showman’s, 1:30 am

Saturday, June 18, 2011
From Havana to Harlem: 100 Years of Mario Bauzá, Apollo, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $25, $35, $45; Groups (10 or more): $22, $32, $42

Michael Howell, Lenox Lounge, 8:30 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

James Farley AKA Jazzmen, Showman’s, 9:30 pm
Uptown Saturday Nights: Guest DJ, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, 10:00 pm
Michael Howell, Lenox Lounge, 10:00 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

James Farley AKA Jazzmen, Showman’s, 11:30 pm
Late, Late Night Jazz with Bill Saxton, Lenox Lounge, 12:00 am – 4:00am
James Farley AKA Jazzmen, Showman’s, 1:30 am
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Sounds of Afrika Live, Studio Museum in Harlem, 1:00 pm
Tickets: Free

Lafayette Harris Jazz Open Mic, Lenox Lounge, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tickets: $10 cover; $16 drink minimum

Monday, June 20, 2011
Eric Wyatt Jam Session, Lenox Lounge, 9:30 pm – 2:30 am
Tickets: $10 cover; $16 drink minimum

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Aloft and Harlem Arts Alliance present Artz, Rootz & Rhythm: Mighty Voices in Praise Arts Alliance, Aloft, 11:00 AM
Aloft and Harlem Arts Alliance present Artz, Rootz & Rhythm: YeraSon Trio, Aloft, 1:00 pm
Aloft and Harlem Arts Alliance present Artz, Rootz & Rhythm: Michael C. Lewis Jazz Experience, Aloft, 6:00 pm
Blue Tuesdays: Sweet Georgia Brown, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Open Mic Night hosted by Petawane and Fred McFarlane, Melba’s

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Lyrical Soul: Poetry, Open Mic, Live Music, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Showtime: 7:00 pm
Nate Lucas Organ Trio, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Karaoke & Martini Thursday, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Showtime: 7:00 pm
Paul Mooney "Live In Harlem”, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $30 advance / $40 at door; $16 drink minimum

Friday, June 24, 2011
Fusion Fridays, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Live DJ: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $5 after 9:00 pm

Jimmy Alexander, Lenox Lounge, 8:30 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

Danny Mixon Trio, Showman’s, 9:30 pm
Jimmy Alexander, Lenox Lounge, 10:00 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

Danny Mixon Trio, Showman’s, 11:30 pm
Late, Late Night Jazz with Greg Bandy, Lenox Lounge, 12:00 am – 4:00 am
Danny Mixon Trio, Showman’s, 1:30 am

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Chad Carter with Frank Owens Trio, Lenox Lounge, 8:30 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

Cynthia Holiday, Showman’s, 9:30 pm
Chad Carter with Frank Owens Trio, Lenox Lounge, 10:00 pm
Tickets: $20 cover; $16 drink minimum

Cynthia Holiday, Showman’s, 11:30 pm
Late, Late Night Jazz with Bill Saxton, Lenox Lounge, 12:00 am – 4:00am
Cynthia Holiday, Showman’s, 1:30 am

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Lafayette Harris Jazz Open Mic, Lenox Lounge, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tickets: $10 cover; $16 drink minimum

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Oral Tradition of Gospel Music in Harlem, Dwyer Cultural Center, 7:00 pm
Suggest donation: $5

Aloft and Harlem Arts Alliance present Artz, Rootz & Rhythm: Gemma Genazzano, Aloft, 8:00 pm

Blue Tuesdays: Sweet Georgia Brown, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Open Mic Night hosted by Petawane and Fred McFarlane, Melba’s

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Lyrical Soul: Poetry, Open Mic, Live Music, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Showtime: 7:00 pm
Ben Williams & Sound Effect, Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15

Nate Lucas Organ Trio, Lenox Lounge, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Karaoke & Martini Thursday, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Happy Hour: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Showtime: 7:00 pm

Venues
Aloft
2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 749-4000

Apollo
253 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 531-5305
www.apollotheater.org

Dwyer Cultural Center
258 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10026
(212) 222-3060
www.dwyercc.org

Harlem Stage
150 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
(212) 281-9240
www.harlemstage.org

Lenox Lounge
288 Malcolm X Blvd. / Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(212) 427-0253
www.lenoxlounge.com

Melba’s
300 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10026
(212) 864-7777
www.melbasrestaurant.com

Showman’s
375 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 864-8941

Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 864-4500
www.studiomuseum.org

Sylvia’s Also Lounge
328 Malcolm X Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 996-2669
www.sylviasrestaurant.com/sylvias_also_lounge.html

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Contact: Carolyn McClair / CMPR
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For Immediate Release

Third Annual "BID ON CULTURE” Project: Request for Banner Design Proposals from New York City Artist

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, April 29, 2011


Harlem, NY, March 31, 2011 - The 125th Street Business Improvement District (the "125th Street BID”), the Harlem Arts Alliance ("HAA”) and Harlem Community Development Corporation ("Harlem CDC”) request proposals for the design of banners for the third annual BID ON CULTURE project, along with The 125th Street Business Improvement District. The BID ON CULTURE project is an ongoing initiative of the 125th Street BID that is intended to showcase the cultural vitality of Harlem along its primary commercial thoroughfare - the famed 125th Street. The goal is to promote recognition and understanding of Harlem’s unique and authentic heritage. Harlem is known for its role as a vibrant center of culture, and125th Street is the economic and artistic heart of Harlem.

The third annual BID ON CULTURE project will consist of nineteen custom-designed banners designed by professional visual artists and hung from streetlight poles along 125th Street, from Fifth Avenue to Morningside Avenue. The successful banner designs will celebrate Harlem’s musical legacy as well as personalities and venues closely associated with Harlem’s contribution to the history and development of music in America.

Design proposals must be submitted by email no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, April 29, 2011. The five winning submissions will be announced on May 9. The Public unveiling and installation will take place in June 2011 as part of Black Music Month and remain on display for one year. Proposals must be submitted via email to: applications@harlemhaa.org.

For more information about submission requirements, design details, and the selection process visit www.harlemaa.org or call Michael Unthank, Executive Director at 347-735-4280.

125th Street Business Improvement District: The 125th Street BID is a non-profit organization funded primarily from an additional tax assessment collected from the property owners within the defined boundaries. Organized in compliance with state and city laws, the property and business owners determine the services and programs needed for the district. The BID will utilize the competition to bring visibility to its streetscape improvement efforts and to enliven the community’s central business district.

Harlem Arts Alliance: As Harlem’s arts service organization, HAA nurtures the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem and surrounding areas, and serves as a strong advocate for the health and vitality of the Harlem cultural community.

Harlem Community Development Corporation is New York State agency and a subsidiary of the NYS Urban Development Corporation dba Empire State Development Corporation that is charged with supporting community and economic development initiatives throughout Upper Manhattan through its Residential Development, Commercial Development, Urban Planning and Weatherization departments.


Media inquiries are directed to Thysha M. Shabazz at Shabazz Communications, Inc.
at 646-410-0246 (office) or 757-450-3655 (cell/text)
or via email at thysha@shabazzcommunications.com and press@harlemaa.org.


HARLEM Arts Alliance, 229 West 135th Street. New York, NY 10030. main:347-735-4280, fax: 212-281-1206, www.harlemaa.org

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For Immediate Release

HARLEM Arts Alliance will Hold First Monthly Evening Meeting on Wednesday, April 20
At Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center with Special Guests: Teri Coaxum and Walter E. Maxwell



Harlem, NY, April 6, 2011 – HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA), who has been providing the Arts community in Harlem and beyond since 2001 with their monthly meetings at Riverside Theatre, will hold their first evening quarterly meeting at Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center Auditorium located at 34 West 134th Street, New York, NY 10037 on Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30PM-8:30PM. HARLEM Arts Alliance monthly meeting provides networking opportunities, updates on events, artists opportunities, performances, exhibitions, and presentations from creative and interpretive artists from every field. The evening quarterly meeting is open to HAA members, as well as the general public.

Special guests Teri Coaxum, Regional Advocate for NY, NJ, PR & USVI, Office of Advocacy U.S. Small Business Administration and Walter E. Maxwell, Director for External Affairs within the Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity at the NYC Department of Small Business Services will present at HAA’s first evening quarterly meeting.

"HAA’s agenda has expanded as a result of its outreach. Now the volume of issues to be discussed as well as the level of participation has created a demand that cannot be easily addressed within our traditional monthly meeting format,” states Michael Unthank, HARLEM Arts Alliance, Executive Director. "HAA is also looking to really strengthen the relationship between the arts and business community and this can be enhanced through the quarterly meeting structure.”

HARLEM Arts Alliance began its Monday monthly meeting in 2001 to accommodate a growing theatre population, who were generally available on Mondays, but the meeting has blossomed, supporting not only theatre artists but dance, visual artists, designers and technicians of all kinds. The monthly meetings in the past have been honored with readings and performances from Andre DeShields, Roger Guenveur Smith, Sonia Sanchez and Daniel Beaty.

The venue for the first evening quarterly meeting will be the famous Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center and they are excited to open the doors of their facility to HAA. "We are pleased to collaborate with HARLEM Arts Alliance,” states Rodney Beckford, Director of Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center. "We must start supporting theater, dance and indeed all the arts in our community and not rely on only the funded events and classes to sustain our African and African American culture."


Agenda Submission: For HAA members and non-members who are interested in submitting items for the agenda of the evening quarterly meeting, they should submit the following to info@harlemaa.org:

• Name/ Organization name

• Date/Time/Place of event

• Summary of presentation

Agenda space is limited; please send all information by Friday, April 15, 2011 at 2pm.


HARLEM Arts Alliance Evening Quarterly Meeting:

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

Where: Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center Auditorium

34 West 134th Street

(Enter on 135th Street, between 5th and Lenox Avenue)

New York, NY 10037

Monthly Meetings will continue at the first Monday of every month at Riverside Theater

Media inquiries are directed to Thysha M. Shabazz at Shabazz Communications, Inc.
at 646-410-0246 (office) or 757-450-3655 (cell/text)
or via email at thysha@shabazzcommunications.com and press@harlemaa.org.

HARLEM Arts Alliance, 229 West 135th Street. New York, NY 10030.main: 347-735-4280, fax: 212-281-1206, www.harlemaa.org

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For Immediate Release

HARLEM Arts Alliance Presents Winter 2011 Legal Series Clinics: Providing Free Legal Consultations To Local Artist

Harlem, NY, February 16, 2011 – HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) is proud to announce their Winter 2011 Legal Series Clinics providing consultations to the arts community. Artist will have the opportunity to consult with an entertainment and/or business attorney to gain professional advice on their artistic endeavors. Lillie Pop Law Group Associates will provide free 30-minute one-on-one consultations to local artist, HARLEM Arts Alliance members and anyone interested in legal services for their career.
"We often find that so many artists are setting forth with their projects without the proper knowledge on ways to solidify the business end,” states Kim George, Associate Director, HARLEM Arts Alliance. "It is wonderful the Lillie Pop Law Group has teamed up with the HARLEM Arts Alliance to aid in supporting local artist in the Harlem community.”

Clinic Dates:
Monday, February 21, 2011
4:00PM-7:00PM
Monday, March 14, 2011
4:00PM-7:00PM

Location:
HARLEM Arts Alliance Office
Conference Room
229 West 135 Street (between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. & Frederick Douglass Boulevards)
New York, NY 10030

How to schedule a Session:
• Member can visit www.harlemaa.org, and fill out the online
Winter 2011 Legal Clinic Services form under the "Workshops” tab.

Legal Clinics Important Information:

• Clinics are by appointment only
• Open to all artist in the community
• Each 30-minute session must be scheduled in advance
• No phone or walk-in requests are accepted
• Online submissions are first come, first serve
• Sessions that exceed 30-minutes must be scheduled for a different date and a consultation fee will apply
• An additional consultation time/appointment must be discussed directly with the attorney and not HAA.



About HARLEM Arts Alliance: HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) is a not-for-profit service organization committed to the development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem and its surrounding communities. Comprised of over 750 individual artists and arts organizations, HAA plays an essential role by helping to build the resources, network, and capacity of its richly diverse membership. Counted among its members are young emerging artists as well as established and internationally recognized artists. Also represented are small grassroots organizations and major cultural institutions in Harlem and beyond. In addition, HAA maintains strong partnerships with numerous arts organization and institutions throughout New York State, the region and the nation to maintain vital collaborative efforts to promote the arts in communities.


Media inquiries are directed to Thysha M. Shabazz at Shabazz Communications, Inc.
at 646-410-0246 (office) or 757-450-3655 (cell/text)
or via email at thysha@shabazzcommunications.com and press@harlemaa.org.

HARLEM Arts Alliance, 229 West 135th Street. New York, NY 10030. main:347-735-4280, fax: 212-281-1206, www.harlemaa.org

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For Immediate Release

HARLEM Arts Alliance Now Accepting Applications for Harlem Community Arts Fund:
Supporting Local Artist in the Harlem Community

Harlem, NY, February 10, 2011 - HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) is now accepting applications for their Harlem Community Arts Fund. The Harlem Community Arts Fund (HCAF) grant program supports the needs and aspirations of Harlem’s artistic community. HARLEM Arts Alliance Community Arts Fund initiative is designed to further the organizational and artistic development of artists and arts organizations.

"By awarding members of the Harlem arts community with financial support, we are further encouraging the advancement of the arts and setting a positive example for full engagement of the arts in the village of Harlem." States Kim George, Associate Director, HARLEM Arts Alliance "HCAF funds support arts projects in all artistic disciplines and in a wide variety of venues such as NYC parks and youth and senior community centers."

The HCAF will respond to proposals from eligible artists and arts organizations based in and providing services within the Harlem community bounded by 110th and 155th from Hudson River to 5th Avenue (Community Districts 9 and 10 only). Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following HCAF Information Seminars:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Seminar time: 6:00-7:30PM

The Church of the Intercession

550 West 155 Street

Common Room

New York, NY 10032


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Seminar time: 6:00-7:30PM

Centro Cívico Cultural Dominicano, Inc.

619 West 145 Street

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10031



Thursday, February 24, 2011
Seminar time: 6:00-7:30PM

Dwyer Cultural Center

258 St. Nicholas Avenue

(enter on West 123 Street)

Flex II

New York, NY 10027

Those interested in attending a seminar must RSVP. Send an email to RSVP@harlemaa.org (include HCAF Seminar in the subject) by February 21, 2011. The Application Deadline for The Harlem Community Arts Fund is Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

Guidelines and application materials for the Harlem Community Arts Fund are available on the HARLEM Arts Alliance website at: www.harlemaa.org (under Opportunities, Grants tab). The program is not restricted on basis of race, sexual preference, ethnicity, or religious affiliation. The Harlem Community Arts Fund grantees will be announced by Friday, June 15, 2011.

Major support for the Harlem Community Arts Fund is provided by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.

About HARLEM Arts Alliance: HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) is a not-for-profit service organization committed to the development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem and its surrounding communities. Comprised of over 750 individual artists and arts organizations, HAA plays an essential role by helping to build the resources, network, and capacity of its richly diverse membership. Counted among its members are young emerging artists as well as established and internationally recognized artists. Also represented are small grassroots organizations and major cultural institutions in Harlem and beyond. In addition, HAA maintains strong partnerships with numerous arts organization and institutions throughout New York State, the region and the nation to maintain vital collaborative efforts to promote the arts in communities.


Media inquiries are directed to Thysha M. Shabazz at Shabazz Communications, Inc.
at 646-410-0246 (office) or 757-450-3655 (cell/text)
or via email at thysha@shabazzcommunications.com and press@harlemaa.org.

HARLEM Arts Alliance, 229 West 135th Street. New York, NY 10030.main:347-735-4280, fax: 212-281-1206, www.harlemaa.org


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HARLEM Arts Alliance Arts Advocacy Day Tuesday, February 8: Bus Trip for HARLEM Arts Alliance, Organizations & Supporters To meet their representatives


Monday, January 31, 2011 – HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA)will travel to the State Building in Albany, New York with local artists, organizations and supporters to meet and voice their concerns to State representatives. As a part of this state-wide day of arts advocacy, a bus will depart on Tuesday, February 8 at 6:45 a.m. from Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building (163 West 125th Street at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard /7th Avenue, New York, NY 10027) and take constituents to Albany. Round-trip bus transportation is $15 for the general public and $10 for HARLEM Arts Alliance members and NYC Arts Coalition members.

"Now more than ever it is critical for the arts community in Harlem to raise its voice to advocate for continued state support of the arts and for equitable funding for the arts in Harlem and for communities of color across the state,” says Michael Unthank, Executive Director of HARLEM Arts Alliance. "With the new administration in Albany, and the continued fiscal crisis, we must voice our concern that the arts remain a priority in New York precisely because of the enormous benefits both economically and culturally that they bring to our state.”

The journey to Albany will also be an opportunity for HARLEM Arts Alliance members, supporters of the arts and other arts organizations from Harlem and all boroughs to galvanize and network. "The bus will act as a mobile conference room to strategize and network as arts organizations,” says Kim George, HARLEM Arts Alliance Associate Director.

HARLEM Arts Alliance urges all arts organizations and supporters to join this movement. For more information call HARLEM Arts Alliance at 347-735-4280.

About HARLEM Arts Alliance: HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) is a not-for-profit service organization committed to the development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem and its surrounding communities. Comprised of over 750 individual artists and arts organizations, HAA plays an essential role by helping to build the resources, network, and capacity of its richly diverse membership. Counted among its members are young emerging artists as well as established and internationally recognized artists. Also represented are small grassroots organizations and major cultural institutions in Harlem and beyond. In addition, HAA maintains strong partnerships with numerous arts organization and institutions throughout New York State, the region and the nation to maintain vital collaborative efforts to promote the arts in communities.


Media inquiries are directed to Thysha M. Shabazz at Shabazz Communications, Inc.
at 646-410-0246 (office) or 757-450-3655 (cell/text)
or via email at thysha@shabazzcommunications.com.

HARLEM Arts Alliance, 229 West 135th Street. New York, NY 10030.main: 347-735-4280, fax: 212-281-1206, www.harlemaa.org

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HARLEM Arts Alliance Honors Their Own Members are Awarded in the Fields of

Development, Community & Culture

Harlem, NY, January 14, 2011 - HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) honored extraordinary members at their 3rd Annual Membership Celebration on Wednesday, January 12 at the Dwyer Cultural Center. Over 100 members came out to honor fellow members and the work they provide to the community. Michael Unthank, Executive Director of HARLEM Arts Alliance told award recipients that the work they are doing is shaping and molding our community and the future ,”The work our artists are producing is a representation of Harlem Culture, as well as the story of so many different cultures. It is a representation of human kind.”

Award Recipients

Kwame Brathwaite, Career Achievement Award
A longtime activist, photographer and expert on the history of jazz in NYC; born in Harlem. Kwame Braithwaite became interested in photography from a friend and a relative who attended the NY Institute of Photography. Over his 30-year career Kwame has photographed many in the education, political and entertainment field and has traveled extensively throughout the world documenting countless momentous events during the 20th & 21st century.

Laura Gadson, Artist Development Award
Harlem based artist and educator Laura R. Gadson is known for her work in the art of quilting and for coordinating events for fellow artists. Her Harlem brownstone serves as her studio and private gallery.

Darryl Lacy, Community and Culture Award
Actor Darryl Lacy founded DARRYL LACY (DL) PRODUCTIONS in New York City in 1987 and has directed and produced seven plays since its inception including his latest piece Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words.

Lenore Browne, Arts and Action Award
Her passion lies in black and white imagery that she captures and prints in a traditional wet darkroom. In 2008, Browne returned to the darkroom to study at the Educational Alliance, NYC, and create silver gelatin archival black and white prints.

Deloris Garland, Volunteer Award
After retiring from Radio City Music Hall in 2009, Deloris has committed to working 1 day a week in the HARLEM Arts Alliance office. She also assists during Harlem Week and the Kwanzaa Marketplace at the American Museum of Natural History.



About HARLEM Arts Alliance: HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) is a not-for-profit service organization committed to the development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem and its surrounding communities. Comprised of over 750 individual artists and arts organizations, HAA plays an essential role by helping to build the resources, network, and capacity of its richly diverse membership. Counted among its members are young emerging artists as well as established and internationally recognized artists. Also represented are small grassroots organizations and major cultural institutions in Harlem and beyond. In addition, HAA maintains strong partnerships with numerous arts organization and institutions throughout New York State, the region and the nation to maintain vital collaborative efforts to promote the arts in communities.


For additional information visit: www.harlemaa.org or call HARLEM Arts Alliance at 347.735.4280.
Media inquiries are directed to Thysha M. Shabazz at Shabazz Communications, Inc. at 646.410.0246 (office) or 757.450.3655 (cell/text) or via email at thysha@shabazzcommunications.com.

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ARTZ ROOTZ & RHYTHM CONCERT SERIES SATURDAY OCTOBER 9TH 2010



New York, NY October 7, 2010 -The Artz, Rootz & Rhythm Concert Series will be held Saturday October 9th from 1PM to 5PM at Jackie Robinson Park (145th Street & Bradhurst Avenue), celebrating the culmination of Harlem Arts Advocacy Week 2010.
The festivities will be hosted by actress and comedian Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, the "Empress of Entertainment.” Ms. Stickney is a noted activist, motivational speaker, published author and poet. This outdoor event will be presented to audiences representing the intergenerational, multi-cultural mosaic of Harlem and New York City.

Featured performers include: vocalist, guitarist, and harmonica player Keith "The Captain” Gamble whose heart and soul is rooted in the Blues and Solomon Hicks, a 15 year old guitarist/singer prodigy musician who has been playing for 9 years and excels in Jazz, Blues, Classical, Gospel, R&B, Funk and classic Rock. Also performing will be the Yaffa Cultural Center Drummers who will open the event, Sasso Japan, Kalunga Neg Mawon and the Tevin Thomas Group.

In addition to the performing artists, the back drop for the stage design features Yellow Triangles, a quilt created by a HARLEM Arts Alliance visual artist Myrna Williams (image attached).

Artz, Rootz & Rhythm is The HARLEM Arts Alliance’s signature presenting series designed as free, public, multi-disciplinary, offerings showcasing Harlem based artists and arts organizations. Events occur throughout the year at a variety of venues around Harlem attracting thousands of fans and audience members from Harlem, New York City and the tri-state region annually.

The HARLEM Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts service organization committed to nurturing the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem, New York State and the nation and is comprised of over 700 individual artists and arts organizations. For more information visit: www.harlemaa.org.

Media Contact:
Harlem Arts Alliance
229 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
Akoshia Yoba
Phone: 347-735-4280
Email: press@Harlemaa.org
www.harlemaa.org

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STRIVERS ART CIRUCT --WALKING ART TOUR THROUGH HARLEM
HARLEM ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK


New York, NY October 7, 2010 – An opening reception will be held at the Strivers Gardens Gallery (300 West 135th Street) on October 8 from 6PM to 9PM to kick off The Strivers Art Circuit; a self-guided walking tour through artist studios and galleries surrounding the famed Strivers Row Historic District of Harlem. To be held October 9th and 10th as part of Harlem Arts Advocacy Week 2010, the tour includes thirteen venues from 133rd to 144th Streets.

The HARLEM Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts service organization committed to nurturing the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem, New York State and the nation and is comprised of over 700 individual artists and arts organizations. For more information visit: www.harlemaa.org


Media Contact:
Harlem Arts Alliance
229 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
Akoshia Yoba
Phone: 347-735-4280
Email: press@Harlemaa.org
www.harlemaa.org

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AT HARLEM ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK OPTIMISM PREVAILS IN THE THROES OF THE ECONOMIC RECESSION


New York, NY October 6, 2010 - Held at the Riverside Theatre, Monday morning on October 4th, The Special Arts Advocacy Meeting was marked by the optimism of artists and arts organizations determined to create strategies to survive and even thrive during the nation's economic recession. Honoree Dr. Howard Dodson, Chief and Historian of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture reminded audience members that "Harlem has been established as a place where African and African Diaspora people live, create, and celebrate our centuries-long, our millennium-long, history and heritage everyday despite the economic and other struggles that confront all of us."

Special guest Kathleen Hughes, Assistant Commissioner NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, stressed that central to ensuring the sustainability of arts organizations in communities of color, is the building of the next generation of arts visionaries and cultural leaders. She noted that in the last three years " there has been a 37 percent increase in grants awarded to Harlem-based African organizations." This is a figure that illustrates the commitment of New York City's support of arts and cultural organizations of color and represents a positive trend that must continue despite the economic recession for the good of artists, artists organizations and the communities they serve.

Panelist Dr. Marta Moreno Vega of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute remarked, "It was wonderful to see this citywide bridging and networking of arts organizations of color. This strategy of increased networking, enhanced communications and creative collaborations between us during these challenging economic times is critical for the survival of many of our organizations."

The meeting opened with performances by Tony nominee Brenda Braxton and award winning actor Doug Eskew that underscored the theme of persevering during difficult times as the two stars sang a number from their upcoming musical Trav'lin soon to premiere at The New York Musical Theatre Festival. Two-time Tony nominee, Andre De'Sheilds performed an excerpt from his solo performance as Frederick Douglass, "Mine Eyes Have Seen Glory: From Douglass to Deliverance," following the award presentation to Dr. Howard Dodson.

The launch of Harlem Arts Advocacy Week ended with an evening reception at the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) where Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director, DTH gave a presentation about the history of the school and the current rebuilding of DTH. Actress Tamara Tunie from the hit Television series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," made a special appearance at the reception to offer her support for Harlem Arts Advocacy Week to the delight of attendees.

On Tuesday October 5th, the Arts and Business Leadership Panels were held at Harlem Stage and echoed the sentiments of the need for organizations of color to form creative collaborations to market and sustain themselves individually and collectively. Attendees were welcomed by Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage. Featured as a guest speaker was Kim L. Jasmin, Vice President Northeast Region Community Relations Manager, of the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Panels were moderated by Michael Unthank, Executive Director, Harlem Arts Alliance and . Panelists included Jonelle Procope, President and CEO, Apollo Theatre Foundation, Melanie Dyer, Director of Development for Harlem School of the Arts, Frances Hill, Artistic Director, Urban Stages, Laveen Naidu, Executive Director Dance Theatre of Harlem, Regina L. Smith, Executive Director, Harlem Business Alliance, Carol Brown, Harlem Opera, Marcia Sells, Associate Vice President, Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University, Karen Witherspoon, Director, Urban and Governmental Affairs at The City College of New York, Rasul Miller, Black Equity Alliance and Joseph Wemple, Board Chair, Maysles Institute.

The HARLEM Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts service organization committed to nurturing the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem, New York State and the nation and is comprised of over 700 individual artists and arts organizations. For more information visit: www.harlemaa.org.

Media Contact:
Harlem Arts Alliance
229 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
Akoshia Yoba
Phone: 347-735-4280
Email: press@Harlemaa.org
www.harlemaa.org

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TONY NOMINEES ANDRE DE SHEILDS AND BRENDA BRAXTON TO PERFORM AT LAUNCH OF HARLEM ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK OCTOBER 4TH 2010



New York, NY September 30, 2010 - The Harlem Arts Alliance will launch its fourth annual ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK on Monday October 4th, 2010 with a special Advocacy Meeting from 10 AM - 12 noon at the Riverside Theatre (91 Claremont Avenue between West 120 & 122 Streets).


The morning will feature opening performances by Tony nominee Brenda Braxton and award winning actor Doug Eskew, two of the stars from the musical Trav'lin, the new 1930's Harlem musical featuring the music of Harlem Renaissance composer and musician JC Johnson, which will have its world premiere at The New York Musical Theatre Festival, October 11-17 at the TBG Theatre in affiliation with Walk Tall Girl Productions. They will perform several numbers to include "What's Your Story, What's Your Jive," and "Basin Street Lover with an introduction by co-book writer Gary Holmes.


Two-time Tony nominee Andre De Shields will perform an excerpt from his solo performance as Frederick Douglass entitled, "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: From Douglass to Deliverance.” De Shields, a distinguished actor, director, choreographer and educator is the recipient of the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival Living Legend Award, the 2009 AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical/Male (Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe), and the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. A renowned figure at the Classical Theatre of Harlem, in 2007 he received the Classical Theatre of Harlem Award for Sustained Excellence in the Theatre.
Dr. Howard Dodson, Chief and Historian of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will be presented with an award after the performances. In attendance will be special guests Kathleen Hughes, Assistant Commissioner of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Council Members Inez Dickens, Assistant Deputy Majority Leader and Robert Jackson.
The day will culminate with an opening reception held at The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) at 6:00PM and will be attended by special guests Tamara Tunie of the hit television series, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of DTH and elected officials.

Geared to promote the value of the arts in the Harlem community, this series of seminars, panel discussions and events will be held at various arts and culture venues in Harlem from Monday October 4th through Saturday October 9th 2010. The weeklong calendar of events is focused on strengthening the connection of the arts with the greater Harlem community by promoting the cross pollination of ideas from major cultural institutions, grass roots arts organizations, local businesses and the education and social services sectors. Venues will include The Dance Theater of Harlem, Harlem Stage, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Dwyer Cultural Center, The Hamilton Landmark Gallery and Strivers Gardens Gallery.

Funding is provided by The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, The New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council through Councilmember Inez Dickens, District 9 and Speaker Christine Quinn, Assistant Deputy Majority Leader, NYS Council on the Arts, Con Edison, New York Community Trust and JP Morgan Chase. Additional sponsors are the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and the Arts and Business Council NY.


The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) is a non-profit arts service organization committed to nurturing the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem, New York State and the nation and is comprised of over 700 individual artists and arts organizations. For more information visit: www.harlemaa.org.


Media Contact:
Harlem Arts Alliance
229 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
Akoshia Yoba
Phone: 347-735-4280
Email: press@Harlemaa.org
www.harlemaa.org

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"PRESERVING OUR CULTURE IN A CHANGING COMMUNITY" HARLEM ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK OCTOBER 6TH 2010


New York, NY September 29, 2010 -- The HARLEM Arts Alliance in collaboration with Manhattan Community Boards 9 and 10 presents an Arts Community & Community Board panel discussion on Wednesday October 6, 2010 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


As part of event lineup for HARLEM ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK 2010, the keynote address will be given by Dr. Howard Dodson who has served as Chief of the prestigious branch of New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture since 1984. Noted for his professional devotion and expertise in developing world's leading repository for materials and artifacts on the global black experience, Dr. Dodson will be stepping down from his post in 2011 after 25 years of service.


The panel will be moderated by Michael Unthank, Executive Director, Harlem Arts Alliance. Panelists include John Reddick, Founder Harlem One Stop, Patricia Cruz, Executive Director, Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Vince Morgan, Vice President and Community Banking Officer, TD Bank, Regina Smith, Executive Director, Harlem Business Alliance and Voza Rivers, Executive Producer, New Heritage Theatre Group and Chairman Harlem Arts Alliance. Also in attendance will be David Weaver, Chair, Arts and Culture Committee, Community Board 10 and Linda Walton, Co-Chair, Arts & Culture Committee, Community Board 9.


Following will be The HARLEM ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK Closing Reception from 7PM to 8:30PM in the Langston Hughes Auditorium.
The HARLEM Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts service organization committed to nurturing the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem, New York State and the nation and is comprised of over 700 individual artists and arts organizations. For more information visit: www.harlemaa.org.


Media Contact:
Harlem Arts Alliance
229 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
Akoshia Yoba
Phone: 347-735-4280
Email: press@Harlemaa.org
www.harlemaa.org

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THE BUSINESS OF ART: HARLEM ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK OCTOBER 2010


New York, NY September 23, 2010 - The Harlem Arts Alliance will launch its fourth annual ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK on Monday October 4th, 2010 with a special Advocacy Meeting from 10 AM - 12 noon at the Riverside Theatre (91 Claremont Avenue between West 120 & 122 Streets). Awards will be presented to honorees Dr. Howard Dodson, Chief and Historian of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Kathy Hughes, Assistant Commissioner of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Also in attendance will be Council Members Inez Dickens and Robert Jackson.

The morning kick off will be followed with an art exhibition "Trash to Treasure," at the Hamilton Landmark Gallery (467 West 144th Street) where attendees will enjoy a meet and greet with the artists from 1:30 PM to 4:30PM. The day will culminate with an opening reception held at The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) at6:00PM and will be attended by special guests Tamara Tunie of the hit television series, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of DTH and elected officials.

Geared to promote the value of the arts in the Harlem community, this series of seminars, panel discussions and events will be held at various arts and culture venues in Harlem from Monday October 4th through Saturday October 9th 2010. The weeklong calendar of events is focused on strengthening the connection of the arts with the greater Harlem community by promoting the cross pollination of ideas from major cultural institutions, grass roots arts organizations, local businesses and the education and social services sectors. Venues will include The Dance Theater of Harlem, Harlem Stage, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Dwyer Cultural Center, The Hamilton Landmark Gallery and Strivers Gardens Gallery.

Funding is provided by The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, The New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council through Councilmember Inez Dickens, District 9 and Speaker Christine Quinn, Assistant Deputy Majority Leader, NYS Council on the Arts, Con Edison, New York Community Trust and JP Morgan Chase. Additional sponsors are the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and the Arts and Business Council NY.
The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) is a non-profit arts service organization committed to nurturing the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations in Harlem, New York State and the nation and is comprised of over 700 individual artists and arts organizations. For more information visit www.harlemaa.org.


Media Contact:
Harlem Arts Alliance
229 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
Akoshia Yoba
Phone: 347-735-4280
Email: presss@Harlemaa.org
www.harlemaa.org

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MEDIA ALERT
September 8, 2010

A Very Special Walking Tour Through Harlem’s Art Scene

WHAT: The Strivers Art Circuit, SAC, now in its 3rd year, is a self-guided walking tour of Harlem Art Venues and Artist Studios that surround the Strivers Row Historic District.

WHERE: SAC covers the area from 130th street to 145th street and from 5th Avenue to St. Nicholas Avenue. This year SAC will run concurrent with the Harlem Art Walk which occurs below 125th street.

SAC Stops: Hamilton Landmark Gallery, The Children’s Art Carnival, Work Space Harlem, Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery, Shimoda Accessories, Tea Time Room, Strivers Gardens Gallery, Harlem Arts Alliance, Law Office of Jayne Denis, Gallery M, Charlie Sutton’s, The Gadson Gallery and Visionary Book Store.

WHEN: Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 from 9 AM to 5 PM

WHY: Consisting of art studios and venues in the Strivers’ Row corridor this circuit is created to develop a hub of arts activity and there by gain increased visibility and exposure for Harlem’s visual artists. SAC, a free self-guided walking tour, will allow tour goers to view some of Harlem's visual and craft community at work in their galleries and studios.

SAC Participating Artists and Galleries:
Quilt and fiber artist Laura R. Gadson is most known for her painting like portrait quilts thought she also creates in the full spectrum of quilting and other needle arts.

Shimoda Accessories has a range of work that includes beaded jewelry, fiber and book arts. Her jewelry is made with fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, and various treasures from around the world.

Hamilton Landmark Gallery will host a collaborative traveling exhibition of work by Harlem Arts Alliance Sand Black Dimensions in Art artists. "Trash to Treasure”, curated by Aleathia Brown features work that uses reclaimed items created by upstate and downstate artists.

Founded in 1986, GALLERY M has been a leading force in Harlem for the representation of exceptional contemporary established and emerging artists. Featured artists: Ernest Jolly, Leslie Smith III and Mark Thomas Gibson

Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery is a contemporary fine art venue operated by Averlyn Archer which focuses on emerging and established artists in all visual media.

Strivers Gardens Gallery is operated by the Strivers Gardens Condominium located at 300 West 135th Street.
On exhibition will be the photography of Kwame Brathwaite

Jewelry designer Charlie Sutton has a passion for anything involving beads. She will showcase her creations with award winning paint and collage artist Cassandra Jennings Hall whose work is in private and corporate art collections in the New York metropolitan area.

Photographer Gabriel Antoine, quilter Robyn Mahone-Lonesome and artist Veronica Tyson-Strait are just a few of the talented artists you will find at the Work Space Harlem artists collective. WSH is under the supervision of artist Dionis Ortiz.

Also featured on the SAC 2010 tour: T. Cleo. Austin, Lenore Browne, Wendy Leigh Curtis, Robert Daniels, Eric C. Engles, Frank Frazier, Shaunda Holloway (Sekai), Valerie T. Kirk, Beatrice Lebreton, Ibou Ndoye, Catherine Newman, Kurt Novak, and "Inside Out Artists” curated by Carolyn Stanford.

CONTACT: Laura Gadson
347 735 4280 (office)
presss@HarlemAA.org

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HARLEM Arts Alliance Introduces Step Team for the Youth at HAA Monthly Meeting


(New York, NY; August 2, 2010) The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) showcased a performance by its newly created Step Team for the Youth (HAASTY). On August 2, 2010, the team performed at the HAA Monthly Meeting, an open monthly meeting on the 1st Monday of every month consisting of artist networking, performances, and presentations. The meeting was held at the Riverside Theatre and lasted from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The performance was a product of HAA’s new junior membership. Junior members and step team performers were Malika White, Rasheen Waters, Leroy Washington, and Demetrius Frazier.

The team was created and taught by Rachel Sayson, a summer intern at HARLEM Arts Alliance through participation in the Arts and Business Council of New York’s Multicultural Arts Management Internship Program. Practices were held throughout July at the Children’s Art Carnival. "The purpose of the step team and HAA’s junior membership is to involve the youth in Harlem's vibrant arts community and to actively develop their wonderful talents,” Rachel Sayson said. "These young artists gained confidence in the performing arts and made new friends.”

Comprised of over 700 individual artists and arts organizations, HARLEM Arts Alliance is dedicated to the development of artists of all ages. Building its youth component, HAA recently began offering free junior membership to artists ages 12-17. Benefits include a free t-shirt, HAA’s weekly and monthly e-newsletter, and access to HAA’s web-based Skills Bank. Through membership, young artists will find excellent opportunities to participate in the arts community. To join, visit www.harlemaa.org and go to Membership.

Contact: Rachel Sayson, HARLEM Arts Alliance, (347) 735-4478, intern@harlemaa.org
www.harlemaa.org

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June 22, 2010
Pioneering Filmmaker Immortalized on Postage Oscar Micheaux Joins Black Heritage Stamp Series


NEW YORK CITY - Film director, screenwriter, producer and distributor Oscar Micheaux, who illuminated the African-American experience through more than 40 feature films, was immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp today, taking his place as the 33rd person honored in the popular Black Heritage commemorative stamp series.

Micheaux's unique storytelling ability shattered stereotypes and challenged film audiences with realistic representations of African-Americans. The stamp was dedicated today at a ceremony in Miller Auditorium at Columbia University.

"Oscar Micheaux was a transformational filmmaker and gifted storyteller with an uncompromising technique that embraced honest depictions of African-Americans," said Delores Killette, vice president and Consumer Advocate for the U.S. Postal Service. "His films not only entertained, they left audiences with a sense of encouragement, hope and inspiration."

Joining Killette at the event were Wycliffe Gordon, jazz musician and leader of the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet; Melvin Van Peebles, film director; Lisa Collins, producer, Right on Time Productions; and Jamal Joseph, chair, Film Department, Columbia University. Other events taking place in New York City to recognize the issuance of the Oscar Micheaux commemorative stamp will be held at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on June 23 and at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn on June 24.

The stamp is designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, and features a stylized portrait of Oscar Micheaux by artist Gary Kelly of Cedar Falls, IA. The artwork is based on one of the few surviving photographs of Micheaux, a portrait that appeared in his 1913 novel The Conquest.

All 33 stamp designs in the Black Heritage commemorative series can be viewed online at http://beyondtheperf.com


May 28, 2010 Contact: Dave Lewin
(O) 202-268-8567
(C) 202-255-2421
dlewin@usps.gov
usps.com/news

Pioneer African-American Filmmaker Immortalized on Stamps

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony of the Oscar Micheaux 44-cent Commemorative First-Class stamps. The event is free and open to the public.
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Columbia University School of the Arts
Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway & 116th Street
New York, NY 10199-6950

Wycliffe Gordon, The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet
Voza Rivers, Chairman, HARLEM Arts Alliance
Jamal Joseph, Chairman, Film Department, Columbia University

The 33rd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951) wrote, directed, produced, and distributed more than 40 movies during the first half of the 20th century. An ambitious, larger-than-life figure, Micheaux thrived at a time when African-American filmmakers were rare, venues for their work were scarce, and support from the industry did not exist. Micheaux' entrepreneurial spirit and independent vision continue to inspire new generations of filmmakers and artists.

Forgotten after his death, Micheaux was rediscovered in the late 1960s by South Dakota historians and in the 1970s by film historians interested in early black cinema. Although only 15 of his movies are known to have survived in whole or in part, Micheaux has become a cinematic icon. In 1986, he was posthumously awarded a special Directors Guild of America award. In 1995, the Producers Guild of America established the Oscar Micheaux Award to honor "an individual or individuals whose achievements in film and television have been accomplished despite difficult odds."

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June 14, 2010


MUSIC’ IS THE THEME FOR HARLEM’S 125TH STREET BANNERS
Artists & Banners Presented at News Conference on Thursday, June 10 at Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem

(New York, NY, June 14, 2010) The BID ON CULTURE Project, a partnership of the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) and the HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA), announced at a news conference on Thursday June 10, 2010 the winners of the 2010 Banner Design Competition for 125th Street, and showcased their award-winning designs.

The street banner design competition is intended to advance the branding of 125th Street as a premier cultural corridor. The competition theme for 2010 was Music, and beginning in late June 2010, as part of the annual Black Music Month observance, 19 banners will be hung from street light poles along 125th Street from Morningside Avenue to 5th Avenue. The 3 selected artists whose street banner designs will be displayed along 125th Street are Nicole Brown (Harlem), Laura Gadson (Hip Hop) and Beatrice Lebreton (who will have two banners on display, In The Rapture and Solo). Voza Rivers (Chair, HARLEM Arts Alliance) and Vincent Morgan (Chair, 125th Street BID) presented the artists while Barbara Askins (President and CEO of the 125th Street BID) gave an overview of the BID on Culture Project and solicited ideas for themes of future street banner designs.

Present at the unveiling were representatives of the banner sponsors, Curtis Archer (Harlem Community Development Corporation), Stephanie Kinlock (Con Edison), Vincent Morgan, TD Bank, Herb Boyd representing the Amsterdam News. Also attending were several of the 2010 BID on Culture review panelists: Wayne Benjamin, AIA (Harlem Community Development Corporation) and art historian and curator, Debra Vanderberg-Spencer. Also in attendance were Shelly Williams representing City Councilman Robert Jackson, Dani Tyson of Community Board 10 and Jeffrey Hamer of NYC Business Solutions. The unveiling news conference, at the Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem, preceded the 125th Street Business Improvement District’s 17th Annual Meeting. Barbara Askins, President and CEO of the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) said that "125th Street is the perfect canvas to showcase arts and culture through streetscape elements.

This is our second year offering pole banners to artists as an avenue for their artwork to be seen. We look forward to continuing our work with the HARLEM Arts Alliance and identifying other opportunities for artists. "BID ON CULTURE, which began in 2009, is a campaign to help build a community-based vision of Harlem’s heritage, its role as a vibrant cultural center, and to promote the continued revitalization of 125th Street as the commercial and artistic heart of Harlem. In 2009, the first BID ON CULTURE banners were displayed as a Women’s History Month tribute and featured the artists Andrea Arroyo, Laura Gadson, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Sharon Lewis, and Shimoda. The important role played by arts and culture in urban revitalization is well established, and is documented in the study, Creating a Cultural Destination, commissioned by the 125th Street BID in 2007, and available online at www.125thstreetbid.com

These are the 3 selected artists:

NICOLE BROWN – Banner Title: "Harlem”
Nicole Brown is a freelance illustrator/graphic artist; she graduated from the Edna Manley School of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. She further went on to Miami International University where she is yet to complete her Masters in Graphic Design. Nicole Brown is a true artist at heart and loves her talent. Her well-rounded ability includes sculpting and painting, which she tries to perfect through constant practice. She continues to educate herself by pursuing a diploma in digital media arts at TCI in Manhattan NYC.

LAURA GADSON – Banner Title: "Hip Hop”
She is a quilt and fiber artist who has explored various art mediums including slip casting, stained glass and artistic fabric dying. Quilting has been her primary medium of artistic expression since 2001. Her work has been exhibited in the New York State Museum in Albany, The Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, Columbia University and in national group exhibitions. Her quilt portrait of Hazel Scott was selected as one of five works displayed as banners on West 125th Street in the inaugural BID on Culture Project in 2009. Ms. Gadson’s craftwork is in the private collections of Susan Taylor, Iyanla Vanzant and other collectors. In 2009 she coordinated Uptown Squared, a mixed media group exhibition at Harlem’s Gallery M and was curator of the opening exhibition of the Dwyer Cultural Center, Harlem Sewn Up 2009: Quilted Reflections of a Community, which has since moved to The Interchurch Center. A Harlem brownstone has been her home, studio and personal gallery since 1993. She is a founder of the Striver’s Art Circuit Tour, a promotional sidebar for artists participating in the Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour (HOAST) who live or work in Harlem’s famed Striver’s Row corridor. www.thegadsongallery.com.

BEATRICE LEBRETON – Banner Titles "In The Rapture” and "Solo”
She was born and raised in France. She attended La Sorbonne University in Paris, France where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Art and Ethno-Esthetics, specializing in African Art (an influence that can be seen in many of her works). She received her Master of Fine Arts (Drawing) from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts. Ms. Lebreton came to the US in 1986, by way of San Antonio Texas and moved to Dallas in 1993. In 2004 she was commissioned to create a design for a floor medallion that is now a permanent fixture at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Airport, International Terminal E. She moved to New York City in March 2008.

The 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) A non-profit organization funded primarily from an additional tax assessment collected from the property owners within the defined boundaries. Organized in compliance with state and city laws; the property and business owners determine the services and programs needed for the district. The BID will utilize the competition to bring visibility to its streetscape improvement efforts and to enliven the community’s central business district.

The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) 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.

CONTACT: Flo Wiley
(347) 735 4475 press@harlemaa.org

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STREET BANNER DESIGNS UNVEILED FOR HARLEM’S 125TH STREET

Thursday, June 10 at Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem

(New York, NY, June 2, 2010) BID ON CULTURE Project, a partnership of the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) and the HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA), announced today the names of the three winning artists whose designs were selected for street banners to be displayed along 125th Street. Beginning June 2010, as part of the annual Black Music Month observance, 19 banners will be hung from street light poles along 125th Street from Morningside Avenue to 5th Avenue. The 3 selected artists are Nicole Brown (Harlem), Laura Gadson (Hip Hop) and Beatrice Lebetron (In The Rapture and Solo).

The artwork for the four selected banners will be unveiled, and the artists introduced, at a news conference on Thursday, June 10, 2020, at 10:00am at the Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem, preceding the 125th Street Business Improvement District’s Annual Meeting.

Barbara Askins, President and CEO of the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) says that "125th Street is the perfect canvas to showcase arts and culture through streetscape elements. This is our second year offering pole banners to artists as an avenue for their artwork to be seen. We look forward to continuing our work with the HARLEM Arts Alliance and identifying other opportunities for artists.”

BID ON CULTURE, which began in 2009, is a campaign to help build a community-based vision of Harlem’s heritage, its role as a vibrant cultural center, and to promote the continued revitalization of 125th Street as the commercial and artistic heart of Harlem. In 2009, the first BID ON CULTURE banners were displayed as a Women’s History Month tribute and featured the artists Andrea Arroyo, Laura Gadson, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Sharon Lewis, and Shimoda.

The important role played by arts and culture in urban revitalization is well established, and is documented in the study, Creating a Cultural Destination, commissioned by the 125th Street BID in 2007, and available online at www.125thstreetbid.com

These are the 3 selected artists:

NICOLE BROWN – Banner Title: "Harlem”

LAURA GADSON – Banner Title: "Hip Hop”
She is a quilt and fiber artist who has explored various art mediums including slip casting, stained glass and artistic fabric dying. Quilting has been her primary medium of artistic expression since 2001. Her work has been exhibited in the New York State Museum in Albany, The Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, Columbia University and in national group exhibitions. Her quilt portrait of Hazel Scott was selected as one of five works displayed as banners on West 125th Street in the inaugural BID on Culture Project in 2009. Ms. Gadson’s craftwork is in the private collections of Susan Taylor, Iyanla Vanzant and other collectors. In 2009 she coordinated Uptown Squared, a mixed media group exhibition at Harlem’s Gallery M and was curator of the opening exhibition of the Dwyer Cultural Center, Harlem Sewn Up 2009: Quilted Reflections of a Community, which has since moved to The Interchurch Center. A Harlem brownstone has been her home, studio and personal gallery since 1993. She is a founder of the Striver’s Art Circuit Tour, a promotional sidebar for artists participating in the Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour (HOAST) who live or work in Harlem’s famed Striver’s Row corridor. www.thegadsongallery.com


BEATRICE LEBRETON – Banner Titles "In The Rapture” and "Solo”
She was born and raised in France. She attended La Sorbonne University in Paris, France where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Art and Ethno-Esthetics, specializing in African Art (an influence that can be seen in many of her works). She received her Master of Fine Arts (Drawing) from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts. Ms. Lebetron came to the US in 1986, by way of San Antonio Texas and moved to Dallas in 1993. In 2004 she was commissioned to create a design for a floor medallion that is now a permanent fixture at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Airport, International Terminal E. She moved to New York City in March 2008. MORE here.

The 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) A non-profit organization funded primarily from an additional tax assessment collected from the property owners within the defined boundaries. Organized in compliance with state and city laws; the property and business owners determine the services and programs needed for the district. The BID will utilize the competition to bring visibility to its streetscape improvement efforts and to enliven the community’s central business district.
The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) 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.

CONTACT: Flo Wiley
(347) 735 4475 press@harlemaa.org

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June 2, 2010

CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH with Artz Rootz & Rhythm @ Jackie Robinson Park, Saturday June 19, 11am until 3pm

(New York NY; June 2, 2010) The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) monthly outdoor music & arts series, Artz Rootz & Rhythm, observes the historic Juneteenth holiday live onstage at the Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell with a lineup of singers, musicians, thespians, dancers and bands on Saturday June 19, 2010 starting at 11am and continuing until 3pm. The featured entertainers, all HARLEM Arts Alliance members, are spoken word artist David Roberts aka D-Black, jazz group The Tevin Thomas Group, a play excerpt (Nikki Giovanni: In Her Own Words) from Darryl Lacy Productions; a musical theatre excerpt from the upcoming North American premiere of BINTOU from Movement Theatre Company, R&B singer Karen Bernod, and bluesman Keith "The Captain Gamble.” Actress/comedienne Phyllis Yvonne Stickney is the series host/emcee. Admission is free.

Artz Rootz & Rhythm @ Jackie Robinson Park is presented at the newly renovated Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks. It is produced for the HARLEM Arts Alliance by Flo Wiley. Support for the series is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.

The next dates for the Artz Rootz & Rhythm @ Jackie Robinson Park music & arts series are: July 17; September 11 -- Patriot’s Day; and October 6 (celebrating Arts Advocacy Week). All concerts take place on Saturdays; from 11am until 3pm. Admission is Free.

Jackie Robinson Park is located on Bradhurst Avenue at 145th Street and accessible by the A/B/C/D trains to 145th & St. Nicholas, or the 3 train to 145th Street & Lenox Avenue. The Bandshell entrance is on Bradhurst & 148th Street. For more information visit the HARLEM Arts Alliance website site at www.harlemaa.org.

Artz, Rootz & Rhythm, a program of the HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA), is intended to showcase the diverse creative offerings of its member artists and organizations, and to build awareness of Harlem’s cultural vitality.

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.

CONTACT: Flo Wiley
(347) 735 4475 press@harlemaa.org

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April 27, 2010

HCAF Grants to 17 Harlem Artists $30,500 Awarded to Harlem-based Artists & Organizations

(New York NY; 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 are 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 are 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. For more information visit www.harlemaa.org

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.

CONTACT: Flo Wiley
(347) 735 4475 press@harlemaa.org

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March 31, 2010

DESIGN PROPOSALS REQUESTED FOR 125th STREET BANNERS

Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2010, 5:00pm

(New York, NY, March 31, 2010) The BID ON CULTURE Project, a partnership of the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) and the HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA), is requesting design proposals for street banners which will be displayed along 125th Street beginning June 2010 as part of Black Music Month, in celebration of Harlem’s contribution to the history and development of music in America. The Request for Design Proposal is open to professional visual artists at least 21 years of age, not matriculated in an educational institution, with an interest in Harlem. Special consideration will be given to artists currently living and working in Harlem. The complete RFP can be downloaded from www.harlemaa.org and www.125thstreetbid.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30, 2010 at 5:00pm via email to applications@harlemaa.org. For more information contact Michael Unthank, Executive Director, HAA, at (347) 735 4280.

Enhancing the streetscape of 125th Street through the BID ON CULTURE project involves 19 banners to be hung from street light poles along 125th Street from Morningside Avenue to 5th Avenue. A total of 5 designs will be selected. Artist design submissions should effectively reflect Harlem as a center for musical expression and innovation. Submissions can depict well known individuals, venues and/or significant events or issues that reflect this general theme. Designs may reflect varied musical genres, and can be cast in a historical or contemporary context.

Barbara Askins, CEO, 125th Street BID states, "Harlem’s cultural and economic landscape continues to be re-shaped by new investments, new residents, new businesses, new creative initiatives by performing and visual artists, and a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to this historic community. At the BID we recognize the importance of arts and culture to Harlem’s continued economic vitality. In Harlem supporting the arts is just good business.”

Voza Rivers, HAA’s chairman, agrees, "Harlem’s reputation as a world-renowned cultural center is unparalleled and its mystique has been a magnet for both artists and audiences for decades. 125th Street has long been known as the social, cultural, and economic backbone of Harlem. Our new partnership will help to solidify 125th Street as Harlem’s primary cultural district.”

BID ON CULTURE, which began in 2009, is a campaign to help build a community-based vision of Harlem’s heritage, its role as a vibrant cultural center, and to promote the continued revitalization of 125th Street as the commercial and artistic heart of Harlem. In 2009, the first BID ON CULTURE banners were displayed as a Women’s History Month tribute and featured the artists Andrea Arroyo, Laura Gadson, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Sharon Lewis, and Shimoda.

The important role played by arts and culture in urban revitalization is well established, and is documented in the study, Creating a Cultural Destination, commissioned by the 125th Street BID in 2007, and available online at www.125thstreetbid.com.


The 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) A non-profit organization funded primarily from an additional tax assessment collected from the property owners within the defined boundaries. Organized in compliance with state and city laws; the property and business owners determine the services and programs needed for the district. The BID will utilize the competition to bring visibility to its streetscape improvement efforts and to enliven the community’s central business district.


The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) 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.

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March 22, 2010

1ST INTERNATIONAL ARTS EVENT A SUCCESS!
Audiences wowed by World Class Entertainers

(New York, New York March 22, 2010) Exclusive to Harlem News Group The crowd came into the Hip Hop Culture Center on Friday March 19th with high anticipation for the HARLEM Arts Alliance’s 1st International Arts Event and Dance Party. And they were not disappointed.

From the opening act of Haitian American jazz vocalist Ms. Pauline Jean and her trio to the closing, "tear the roof off” performance by Harlem’s own Keith ‘The Captain’ Gamble and his group, it was a great evening of global cultural sharing. By all accounts, a highlight of the evening was the gospel performance by Tokyo-based Taeko & the 31-member Gaika Mass Choir who traveled to Harlem on their own dime, most of whom spoke little English, but all of whom were fluent in Gospel.

Other performers included Carlos Norales and Bodoma Garifuna, Joyce Adewumi’s New York African Chorus Ensemble, Oscar © and Grammy © nominated IMPACT Repertory Theater, Samurai Boot Camp, and host emcee’s Victor Burt and Yoshi Amao, who was recently named by TV Tokyo as one of "100 Japanese Who Could Change the World.” Vendors providing their own brand of excitement included Claude Jay’s Harlem My Love, Willie Mitchell Designs, Ron Seaborn and the restaurants Keur Sokhna, Amor Cubano, and Mischelle’s Catering.

The 1st International Arts Event also featured a DVD displaying the work of visual artists: Ademola Olugebefola, Arthur Harrison (Heru), Barbara Bullard (Leacock), Barbara Russell, Bayo Iribhogbe, Beatrice Lebreton, Bilal Salaam, Byron McCray, Carlos Martinez, Dan Snow, Dato Mio, David Silva, Enrico Miguel Thomas, Jae Kyung Kim, John Brathwaite, Joyce Stroman, Kalimah Iman, Kenneth Nelson, Laura R. Gadson, Lenore Browne, Leo Witlarge, Lynn Lieberman, Meri Leon Hernandez, Minerva Diaz, Risa Hirsch Ehrlich, Saami Blaze, Seahawk Wang-Radojcic, Shimoda, Sonia Barnett, Tony Serio, Trish Mayo and Willie Mitchell.

CONTACT: Flo Wiley
(347) 735 4475 press@harlemaa.org

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March 1, 2010

1st International Arts Event Harlem: Our Shared Global Culture
Friday, March 19, 7pm
Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem

(New York NY; March 1, 2010) The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) today announced that it will present a new annual showcase, the 1st International Arts Event, Harlem: Our Shared Culture, an evening of performance and fine arts showcasing the world cultures that are participants in and influenced by this iconic community. The featured performing artists include Bodoma Garifuna (Honduras), the New York African Chorus (Continental Africa, Asia, USA), The Pauline Jean Trio (Haitian American), Taeko & Gaika Mass Choir (from Tokyo, Japan), and Keith "The Captain” Gamble (Harlem/USA). Yoshi Amao and Victor Burt are the masters of ceremony for the evening. Selected Harlem-based fine artists, including Bayo Iribhogbe, Haiying ‘Seahawk’ Wang and Byron McCray, are also scheduled to participate. Tickets are priced at $25, $20 for HAA members, and are on sale at the HARLEM Arts Alliance website www.harlemaa.org, Advance purchase is recommended.

Michael Unthank, HAA executive director, states, "we want to establish this as an annual event that specifically recognizes the coming together of cultures into the dramatic mix that contributes to the Harlem brand worldwide. We tend to see cultural expression as inclusive and look forward to exploring the way that Harlem’s culture has been shared throughout the world in food, dance and fashion as well as through the more traditionally perceived visual and performing arts.”

The 1st International Arts Festival is produced by the HARLEM Arts Alliance in association with Joyce Adewumi and Kyoko Uchiki with support from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp., JP Morgan Chase, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.

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.
PRESS: For on-site interviews, photo ops, and event admission, an RSVP is requested by Monday, March 15, 12:00pm Noon to Flo Wiley, by email to press@harlemaa.org or phone to (347) 735-44. All press requests are subject to review and will be confirmed in writing by Wednesday March 17, 2010.

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February 17, 2010

UPTOWN ARTS COLLABORATION RECEIVES NY COMMUNITY TRUST GRANT
$50,000 to establish Enhanced Technical Assistance Services Network

(New York NY, February 17, 2010) The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) today announced that they have been awarded a $50,000 grant from The New York Community Trust to launch the Enhanced Technical Assistance Services Network, to provide technical and resource building services to underserved small arts groups, artists and musicians in Upper Manhattan. These funds will provide panels and workshops on topics such as arts marketing fundamentals, fundraising, audience development, and strategic planning; the creation of collaborative cross-marketing strategies; and the formation of a voluntary Advisory Council drawn from the arts, business and education sectors in upper Manhattan.

Sandra A. Garcia Betancourt, NoMAA Executive Director, says "the services that HAA and NoMAA will provide through this collaboration, respond to the developmental needs of the artistic and cultural community in upper Manhattan, including the needs of new immigrants, Latino/Spanish speaking artists and arts groups that face enormous challenges due to language barriers which impede their ability to navigate institutions and systems through which they could access resources and opportunities. The New York Community Trust Grant will allow us to strengthen the uptown arts and culture community through a technical assistance program that is accessible to all, and made available in English and Spanish.”

Michael Unthank, HAA Executive Director, says "the communities that comprise Northern Manhattan are among the most diverse and vibrant that can be found anywhere and the arts are the engine that fuels their excitement and vitality. This is an important collaboration between the area’s two service agencies that will support better coordination of the services that we provide, help us broaden our reach and strengthen the capacity of our artists and arts organizations to make an even greater contribution to our communities in the future.”

Other collaborations between HAA and NoMAA include Havana to Harlem, a program featuring an exhibition and community dialogue with renowned Cuban printmaker, Eduardo Roca Salazar (Chocó); Cultivating and Engaging Audiences in Northern Manhattan, an audience development symposium presented in conjunction with the Wallace Foundation in December 2009 and Arts for All, an advocacy-training seminar presented with other arts organizations of color and with American for the Arts in November 2009.

The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA) was founded in 2001 by a group of artists and community activists and has since grown from an informal network of members and volunteers to a non-profit, professionally staffed and wide-ranging arts service organization with a mission to nurture the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations based in Harlem and surrounding communities and a membership of over 700. As the only arts service organization of its kind in Harlem, HAA serves as a strong voice for the artistic community and plays a key role in the health of the community’s cultural ecosystem as it provides a critical set of programs and services to some of the community’s most valuable assets – artists and arts organizations. For more information visit www.harlemaa.org

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is a non-profit arts service organization launched in 2007 under the incubation of the Hispanic Federation and with the financial support of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. NoMAA’s mission is to cultivate, support and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in Northern Manhattan. Since 2007, NoMAA has been serving and promoting the works the Washington Heights/Inwood artists and arts organizations, as well as developing partnerships with businesses and other institutions to increase the visibility of this area of Manhattan. For more information visit www.nomaanyc.org

About The New York Community Trust
Since 1924, the New York Community Trust has been the community foundation of New York City, helping charitable individuals, families and businesses to improve the quality of life for all the area’s residents through an aggregate of 2,000 funds. The Trust is dedicated to meeting the changing needs of children, youth and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts and human justice. The Trust is governed by a 12-member Distribution Committee composed of community leaders appointed by a variety of civic institutions. Its staff is recognized for its experience in grantmaking, financial administration, and donor service. Divisions are located on Long Island and in Westchester. In 2009, The Trust made grants of $127 million from assets of $1.8 billion (unaudited). For more information visit www.nycommunitytrust.org.

CONTACT: Flo Wiley
(347) 735 4475 press@harlemaa.org

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NOTED CUBAN ARTIST EDUARDO ROCA SALAZAR CELEBRATED IN HARLEM

(New York, New York October 26, 2009) Exclusive to Harlem News Group Sunday October 25 was one of those very special Harlem cultural afternoons as the HARLEM Arts Alliance welcomed Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco) in a Havana to Harlem afternoon of celebration at the Dwyer Cultural Center on St. Nicholas Avenue.

Over 300 people attended throughout the afternoon celebration which lasted from 1 o'clock until 6:00pm. Among those attending were Voza Rivers and Michael Unthank of the HARLEM Arts Alliance, Marta Moreno Vega, of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Deborah Spencer of the New York State Council on the Arts, Sandra Garcia Betancourt of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Steven Fullwood of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and artist Ademola Olugebefola, of the International Communications Association.

The celebration's keynote was a lively mid-afternoon conversation between Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco) and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega. They talked about art and cultural development and the continuing influence of African art on his work since his travels throughout Africa in the 1980s. He is one of the leading printmakers in the world and is in New York rarely. He is in the U.S. now as an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Choco's artwork was available for sale during the Sunday afternoon event and sold briskly.

The celebration also included a reception with Cuban cuisine from Amore Cubano on East 11th & Third Avenue and music by Son x Tres.

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Style Whipped co-hosts theHARLEM Arts Alliance Fundraiser!

On Wednesday evening, Cindy and I had the great pleasure of co-hosting a fundraiser for the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), an incredible non-profit organization that nurtures and promotes Harlem-based visual artists, performing artists and designers through grants, expert advice, and community outreach. Michael Unthank, HARLEM Arts Alliance's Executive Director, gave a rousing speech that encouraged everyone to continue supporting uptown artists. Held at the fabulous, worthy-of-the-Tribeca-to-Harlem-trip N Boutique on 116th Street, the store was packed with guests from the fashion, music, theater, television, arts and even finance communities.

We were all treated to live music from the Tevin Thomas Trio and enjoyed delicious food from Michelle's Catering & Bistro. Our very special celebrity host of the evening, Law & Order: SVU's Tamara Tunie (and a great friend to both Michael and me), also spoke to the crowd, explaining her own dedication to Harlem and all the artistry it has inspired. Of course, the purpose of the event was to raise money for HAA, so to help that cause, we held an incredible raffle...the four prizes included a gift certificate to N, a bracelet by jewelry designer Shimoda (one of HAA's featuredartists), a necklace from jewelry designer Nerissa Rivers-Lawrence (another of HAA's talented featured artists), and two tickets to Cirque du Soleil (the winner of which actually jumped up and down in excitement!). I have to reiterate the talent of both Shimoda and Nerissa...both of their designs are original and statement-making...definitely watch out for editorial coverage of their collections right here on Style Whipped!

Our guests included uptown and downtown residents...lovers of thearts, supporters of HARLEM Arts Alliance, those who will now be future supporters of HAA, and everyone in-between. A few extra-special guests who need to be mentioned include Voza Rivers, the Chairman of HAA, Brad Learmonth, the Director of Programming from The Harlem Stage, and Linda Walton, the VP of Programming at JazzMobile. We would also love to thank Lenn Shebar, Nikoa Evans and Larry Ortiz, the three fabulous owners of N Boutique for letting us use their gorgeous space.

ARTS DAY IN ALBANY

By HAA member, Yvette Heyliger

June 14, 2007

The mission of theHARLEM Arts Alliance is to nurture the artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organizations. This mission is served by the ongoing implementation of three program strands: Artists and Arts Organizations Advancement, Special Projects and Advocacy and Education.

Under the banner of Advocacy and Education, HAA "seeks to elevate arts and culture, specifically in Harlem, and on a national level in general; to build support for the arts on city, state and federal levels and include strategic alliances with other similar organizations engaged in advocacy efforts.”

To this end, this past Spring, on a brisk March morning at 7:00 am, members of the HARLEM Arts Alliance representing visual, performing, literary and craft artists, as well as arts organizations, boarded a bus departing from the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building to attend Arts Day in Albany. Held on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, Arts Day in Albany, a day especially set aside to lobby for the arts in our State Capitol, was hosted by the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations. One of the primary purposes of the day was to ask Governor Eliot Spitzer for an increase in New York State Council on the Arts funding to $54 million, or just $2.80 per New York State resident.

About the significance of this day, Linda Walton, HAA Executive Director said, "The arts are an essential ingredient in our lives and to the quality of life in Harlem and its surrounding communities. Artists, arts organizations, arts enthusiasts and advocates have been invited to join in this effort which will present a unified voice for the arts in Albany. The presence of HAA members will raise the visibility of the HARLEM Arts Alliance, ensuring that our unique voice is heard by our legislators, as well as show enthusiastic support for arts funding for Harlem and for New York State Council on the Arts.”

It was a great day for the Arts, graciously lead by Senator Serphin Maltese and attended by Senators who endorse an increase in funding to NYCSA, including Senator Thomas Duane and Senator William Stachowski, as well as Harlem’s own Senator Bill Perkins. Senator Maletese presided over the testimonies delivered in the Hearing Room by a panel of selected members of the NY State arts community. This diverse panel included Voza Rivers, Chairman of the HARLEM Arts Alliance and Executive Producer of New Heritage Theatre Group.

Mr. Rivers delivered a compelling plea to increase NYSCA funding, saying in part:

"We believe that the NYSCA budget should be significantly increased by the state legislators to $54 million dollars. Our state legislators should explore long-term funding strategies for NYSCA rather than concentrate on short-term solutions.

Significant changes are occurring in arts funding. Changes signaled in part by recent large reductions in government funding. Also philanthropic support for the arts is more restrictive than it was a decade ago. Such changes have had the predictable result which is that art organizations are increasingly hard pressed to find additional support for their programming.

One of our greatest challenges is how to exist in the next decade. Even with a reliable staff, effective partnerships with other presenting partners, quality performances that encourage and support new works while preserving classic works; it is not enough without increased support. In a very short time institutions like ours will become extinct. However something can be done to prevent this from occurring.

Increased support to NYSCA will help support the essential work of arts organizations with a dual objective of enhancing the quality of work and the capacity of organizations to present to the public, in such a way, that both the integrity of the art presenters and the viability of the institutions are sustained. Please support this initiative for increased funding for NYSCA and keep arts and culture alive and flourishing in New York.”

Mr. Rivers’ remarks were enthusiastically supported, especially by HARLEM Arts Alliance members, and this was noted by our legislators. HARLEM Arts Alliance was in the house!

After testimonies were heard, Senator Maltese announced a resolution proclaiming March 6, 2007 as "Arts Day” in the State of New York. This resolution was presented to Judith Weiner, the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations (AONYSAO) and Veronica Claypool, AONYSAO board member, managing director, Theater Development Fund, and member of HAA.

Senator Maltese was clearly pleased with the enthusiastic turn out and dubbed us "citizen advocacy lobbyists.” He explained that as citizens, we have a great deal of power and he supported us in the use of that power by visiting the offices of our legislators and assemblymen throughout the day to lobby for increased funding for NYSCA. At the very least, he said, we should be sure to sign the Visitor’s Log in each office and to include a note asking each legislator to increase NYSCA’s funding or thanking them for their continued support of the arts. HAA members followed through with this charge and also left calling cards which said, "400+ Strong.” These calling cards described the size of HAA, included our mission and programs and invited the recipient of the card to become a member.

Students from the Program in Arts Administration at Columbia University's Teachers College attended Arts Day in Albany, as well. These students were part of a new course entitled "ADVOCATES FOR THE ARTS FOR THE FUTURE" which is designed to give students a hands-on experience advocating for the arts in New York through practical projects with HARLEM Arts Alliance and the New York City arts and political community. The course was taught by Joan Jeffri, Director of the Research Center for Arts and Culture with Linda Walton and Voza Rivers (HAA), Sherre Wesley and Judith Weiner (AONYSAO) serving as advisors/mentors. The students undertook a series of efforts, investigating and assessing the Harlem cultural landscape through artist focus groups and interviews with local arts organizations and elected officials. Their findings were presented in December at HAA's monthly meeting and at a meeting convened at HAA office for funders, arts organizations, and elected officials. The course, which began in the Fall of 2006, culminated with the student's traveling to Albany, a fitting conclusion to the 'in-depth experience in the research and practice of advocacy" that the students gained as a result of taking this innovative course

Aleathia Brown, HAA member and curator for several of HAA events, organized a meeting between the visual artists present and Black Dimensions in Art, Black Dimensions in Art is an organization whose purpose is to stimulate interest in the creative expressions of Black artists through educating the public about the contributions of past and present Black artists; provide exposure, exhibitions and sales opportunities for Black artists; and encourage black youth in the practice and appreciation of the arts. The purpose of the meeting was to connect the "upstate” artists (ex. Troy, Schenectady, and Albany) with the "downstate” artists (the five boroughs of Manhattan and Westchester). This networking forum (particularly focused on artists of color) was the first step in building an alliance between HARLEM Arts Alliance and Black Dimensions in Art. We look forward to this partnership bearing fruit in the near future.

"The Well,” an open pavilion in the Legislative Office Building, was the center of activity throughout the day with exhibits, booths and performances. HARLEM Arts Alliance had an exhibition booth and in addition to other NY state arts groups, yours truly, HAA member Yvette Heyliger, had the opportunity to perform a monologue from my play, What Would Jesus Do?

What Would Jesus Do? was written as a result of a grant from New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Program, so I know firsthand the importance of this funding and its impact on my work as an artist. Receiving an individual artist grant made it possible for this one artist to contribute one play about HIV/AIDS to NY State residents in my community of Harlem (and beyond) where a difference could be made in HIV education and prevention through theatre. Reading a monologue from the play was very meaningful for me, as I appreciated the "full-circle" moment that was represented by my having this opportunity on Arts Day.

Increasing arts funding for NYSCA is very important to sustaining the arts. Being awarded a NYSCA grant says that you, as an artist or arts organization, have something of value to offer to the residents of the great state of New York and especially to your very own community, in this case, Harlem. Art is far reaching in its effect and in its ability to be of service to the citizens of our state (and ultimately our nation). As a "citizen advocacy lobbyists,” HARLEM Arts Alliance members are doing their part to insure that more artists and arts organizations, have that opportunity.

Arts Day in Albany has prompted HAA Chair and Executive Director to create a "Harlem Arts Advocacy Day" to occur on an annual basis, with the first event taking place in the Fall of 2007. Keep an eye (and ear!) out for future announcements.

See you on the bus next year!


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