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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

interactive sessions

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.

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.

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


Artistic Entrepreneurial Development Program

Are you a visual artist, a graphic designer or virtual reality creator from or currently residing in West Harlem looking to develop your skills as an artist and entrepreneur? This June 2019 we are launching our Artistic Entrepreneurial Development Program just for you! This 4-week hands-on creative development workshop will sharpen your skills as an artist and engage your inner entrepreneur! Each week will feature 2 hands-on skill building workshops facilitated by successful artists where they will share real-world, experience-based insight to help you grow as an artist and entrepreneur.

Workshop Breakdown

Week 1 - Graphic Design - 06-03-2019

Week 2 - Visual Arts - 06-10-2019

Week 3 - Virtual Reality - 06-17- 2019

Week 4 - Entrepreneurial Development (All Artists)  06-24-2019

Application Instructions 

Please include the following with your application:

  • Three Work Samples (JPEG, MOV)

  • Artist Statement (PDF)

  • Resume or CV

  • HAA Membership Confirmation Code 

  • Interest Question Response (PDF)

Email all applications to 

Early-bird  - Wednesday, May 15th 
Application Closes - Thursday, May 23rd

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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



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