Dwyer Cultural Center: "Harlem Is…."

 By NativeNewYorker

If you have not yet visited the Dwyer Cultural Center at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue, you are missing a treat.  I had walked past this new addition to Harlem several times since its opening last June, but I had not gone in until yesterday.  I spent a fascinating hour with the exhibits in this very appealing space dedicated to “preserving, celebrating and documenting Harlem’s history and traditions through exhibitions, performances, workshops and public programs…”.  The Center’s programming is done by Community Works and the current exhibit includes some amazing pieces by public school children as well as an absorbing pictorial history of Harlem’s contributions to music, both part of the award-winning “Harlem is…” series. 

In addition to its public programming, the Center provides reasonably priced, multi-media rehearsal, exhibition and performance space to local artists.  While I was there I picked up a flyer for their “Saturdays@the Dwyer” series for an event this coming Saturday that includes a performance by IMPACT Repertory Theater (a Harlem-based youth group), a visual arts workshop with Harlem resident and artist Vicki Freemont, and a documentary profiling the life of Percy Sutton, the recently deceased Harlem entrepreneur and political leader.  It starts at 2 pm and admission is free.  Go check it out!


Saturday, January 23rd

2 pm – 5 pm


Dwyer Cultural Center

258 St. Nicholas Avenue

 at West 123rd Street

212 222-3060


Author: Native New Yorker