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The Harlem Arts


The Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) was founded in 2001, led by our Chairman Voza Rivers a local, national and international impresario for the Advancement of Arts and Culture whose experience includes Award Winning Production of Theater, Film, Music and Live Events.  
As the only arts service organization of its kind in Harlem HAA is committed to nurturing the artistic growth and development of artists and arts organizations based in Harlem and its surrounding communities.

At the core, HAA has cultivated a dynamic membership base artists and arts organizations. HAA plays an essential role in the lives of emerging and established artists by helping build the resources, networks, and capacity of its richly diverse membership.
Our membership includes 400+ individual artist members & collaborators such as:

  • Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce

  • Harlem Fine Arts Festival

  • Harlem Business Alliance

  • Harlem Community Development Corporation

  • Harlem Week INC

  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

  • Museum for the City of New York

  • Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone

  • New York Foundation for the Arts

  • Manhattan School Of Music

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Apollo Theater INC.
  • Asian American Arts Alliance
  • Association of Hispanic Arts
  • Bronx Council on the Arts
  • Center of Cuban Studies
  • Community Works
  • City College of New York
  • Dance Theater of Harlem
  • Department of Cultural Affairs
  • The Field

By increasing the exposure of its membership through our collaborative programming, HAA bridges gaps between artists and major arts institutions, amplifying the unique voices of our member artists and expanding the conversations surrounding their work.

HAA is a primary source for information dissemination, provides workshops, and produces a number of showcase and presentation  programs featuring the work of its members.


Programs & Services

Monthly Membership Meetings
The Harlem Arts Alliance holds an open membership meeting once a month. These meetings provide an opportunity for artist networking, updates on events, employment opportunities, performances and exhibitions, and for presentations from creative artists from every field. HAA monthly meetings reflect our spirit of collaboration, and community that make it a uniquely Harlem experience.

Monthly Membership meetings feature presentations from The Apollo, Harlem School of the Arts, Dance/NYC, National Dance Institute and more.

HAA partners yearly with The Museum of Natural History to present a Kwanzaa Holiday marketplace and Talent Showcase in the Hall of Marine Life.

Arts Advocacy
Programs that elevate arts and culture specifically in Harlem and on a national level – To build support for the arts on a city, state, and federal levels and include strategic alliances with other similar organizations engaged in advocacy efforts.  
HAA produces annual advocacy month programming and partners with artists like Danny Glover to promote funding and support for the arts..

Artz, Roots and Rhythm
HAA’s signature presenting series, designed as free, public, multi-disciplinary presentations showcasing Harlem based artists and arts organizations.  

HAA collaborates with NYRR, The State Office Building and The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce to present live Showcases during New York Marathon, Black History Month and Harlem Week.

Special Programs
HAA increases the visibility and reach of  its member organizations by creating programs that serve the Harlem community. These expanded services, presentations and showcases provide employment opportunities and strengthen community.


Becoming a Member


Board of Directors

Voza Rivers, Chairman
New Heritage Theatre Group, President/Executive Producer

Lloyd A. Williams, Vice-Chairman
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO

Linda Walton, Secretary
Jazzmobile, Inc., Vice President Board Secretary, HARLEM Arts Alliance

Patricia Boyd, Treasurer
P. Boyd, CPA, PLLC, Founder/Partner Board Treasurer, HARLEM Arts Alliance

Geoffrey E. Eaton
NY Congressional Office of Charles B. Rangel, Deputy Chief of Staff

Donna Walker-Kuhne
Walker International Communications Group, President

Gregory A. Thomson, Esq.
The Thomson Law Firm, Founder/Partner

Willie Walker
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, Manager/Administrator


Voza Rivers
Executive Producer

Jamal Joseph
Executive Artistic Director

Joyous Pierce
Harlem Arts Alliance Director

Lainie Cook
Chief Financial Officer/Executive Administrator

Darryl T. Downing
Producer/Marketing Director/Audience Developer

Kahlil Johnson
Head of Operations

Head Theater Technician

Shawn Shearer
Executive Consultant

Ali Bangura
Executive Accountant

Bo Dixon
Tech Support Manager