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
City College of New York
Dance Theater of Harlem
Department of Cultural Affairs
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
The Harlem Arts Alliance holds interactive sessions each 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 interactive sessions reflect our spirit of collaboration, and community that make it a uniquely Harlem experience.
Interactive Sessions 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.
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.
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.
HAA At A Glance: First Seven Years
· Received Emerging Organization grant from JP Morgan Chase Foundation
· Appointed to September 11th Recovery Fund grant committee and hosted two workshops
· Advocated for funding artists and organizations impacted by September 11th
· Produced showcase of HAA members at Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture
· Received Arts & Business Council technical assistance grant
· Collaborated with NYFA and received a $100,000 grant from Rockefeller Foundation that was distributed to arts organizations & artists after September 11
· With NYFA, coordinated & established Leadership Circles, a series of workshops to train arts
· Showcased HAA members during Harlem Week and Collaborated with the Theater at Riverside Church for outdoor family arts festival
· Received grants from Harlem School of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Ford Foundation
· Film screening with Black Programmer's Consortium at Columbia University's Miller Theater
· HAA member showcases at Black Expo, Harlem Week, and the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement outdoor arts festival
· Co-hosted town hall meetings at Apollo Theater re: Salman Rushdies's "Midnight Children"
· Awarded $50,000 in grants to HAA members
· Partners with the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Association of Hispanic Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Queens Council on the Arts to form Urban Artists
Initiative, a consortium of New York City service organizations in an effort to build capacity and support
for artists of color
· Produces member showcase during Harlem Week
· Receives $250,000 grant from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
· Hires Executive Director
· Host first annual Artz, Rootz, and Rhythm Festival on the plaza of the ACP, Jr. State Office Building
· Establishes the Greater Harlem Benefit Fund with Commerce Bank
· Presents a special Black History Month program at the New York Society for Ethical Culture
· Receives a grant from the Council of the City of New York ($119,797) and the Department of Youth and Community Development CASA Grant for after-school programming ($25,000)
· Re-grants $25,000 to artists of color through the Urban Artists Initiative (UAI)
· Councilmember Inez Dickens designates HAA manager of Cultural Collaborative re-grants program for Harlem-based cultural organizations
· Receives City Council member-item allocation from Inez Dickens administered through NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
· Receives $750,000 grant from Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
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
Walker International Communications Group, President
Gregory A. Thomson, Esq.
The Thomson Law Firm, Founder/Partner
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, Manager/Administrator
Executive Artistic Director
Harlem Arts Alliance Director
Chief Financial Officer/Executive Administrator
Darryl T. Downing
Producer/Marketing Director/Audience Developer
Head of Operations
Head Theater Technician
Tech Support Manager