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Harlem Holiday Arts & Giving


SETS AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM

A versatile and charismatic performer with a four octave range, Queen Esther explores her acclaimed reinterpretations of Billie Holiday’s lost classics with a dynamic trio. 

With: Jeremy Bacon (piano) // Hilliard Green (bass) // Warren Smith (drums/percussion)

Dear Friend,

After completing graduate school, my dear friend and fellow artist Kehinde Wiley encouraged me to apply for The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Artist-in-Residence program, of which he was then a part. I was, of course, deeply familiar with the institution and its renowned program which had served many peers and friends, as well as many whom I had long admired and studied, including Terry Adkins, Willie Cole, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Alison Saar, Nari Ward and more.

Growing up in Camden, New Jersey, I always knew and imagined myself as an artist. That was an absolute for me. But being acknowledged by the Studio Museum when I was selected as a 2002–03 artist in residence was a pivotal moment in my professional development. Being welcomed into this rich community where I was able to deepen my belief in what I had to say and to strengthen the technique, form, material and spirit in and with which I would say it, was transformational and carries through my practice today.

The living and vital history of art is made richer by the physical, intellectual, and emotional space that Studio Museum provides artists and the community. I feel a sense of responsibility—and I hope you do to—to this dynamic institution.  I write to you as we find ourselves at a clear turning point in history and need each and every person to stand up and ensure the voices of black artists of our time are nurtured, championed, valued, and understood today and for generations to come. You can do this with a donation to the Studio Museum’s Annual Fund

Your contribution will help sustain groundbreaking exhibitions, engaging education and community programming and the incredible Artist-in-Residence program which has been home to esteemed artists, and more importantly, artists we don’t know yet.

Please join me in supporting the Museum at this critical moment by participating in the Annual Fund campaign. Contributions received by December 31 will be fully matched up to $50,000 by an anonymous donor. I thank you for your support.

Very best,

Mickalene Thomas


Harlem Haberdashery & Hoodwinked Escape Present 2016 Gift Drive

Harlem Haberdashery, the award-winning boutique gets into the holiday spirit with Upper Manhattan’s premiere “escape room” Hoodwinked Escape. The two businesses will accept new toys, electronic gadgets and gift cards for the deserving children and teenagers of the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem and NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem (formerly known as Harlem Hospital Center) for the 2016 Holiday Gift Drive.

“It’s an honor to collaborate with Harlem Haberdashery within my first year of business to give back to the children and families of my community”, says Michele Ware, CEO/Creator of Hoodwinked Escape that will turn 1 year-old this December.

Donations will be accepted from November 17 – December 17, 2016 at:

Harlem Haberdashery, 245 Lenox Avenue (bet. W. 122-123 Street)

Monday – Saturday, 12 – 8pm

Hoodwinked Escape, 151 W. 116 Street (at Historic Graham Court)

Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 8pm

During the Holiday Gift Drive a series of special evenings will take place at Harlem Haberdashery, Hoodwinked Escape and at off-site locations including:

Harlem Haberdashery 2016 Gift Drive Kick-Off Party hosted by #TakeCareOfHarlem

Saturday, November 26 | 6 – 9pm | Harlem Haberdashery

#TakeCareofHarlem is an organization that harnesses the power of community service in attempt to better Harlem community from art to hunger. All donors and supporters of #TakeCareofHarlem are invited to kick-off this year’s Drive.

“It’s a Holiday Bevelation”! Hosted by Bevy Smith, host of SIRIUS XM’s “BEVELATIONS” and Co-Host WNYW  “Page Six”

Saturday, December 10th | Harlem Haberdashery

The epitome of Harlem style and sass VIP Harlemnite Bevy Smith and friends welcome guests to celebrate the season and give-back. Bevy and friends will accept donations of electronics and gift cards for teenagers.

Holiday Giving 2016 Hosted by Tammy Ford, Musa Jackson, and Alexandra Lerner (#TheLenoxAvePals)

Thursday, December 15 | 6 – 9pm |  Harlem Haberdashery

Harlem’s creative and fashion forward community members and friends will host a special evening to receive donations of electronics and gift cards for deserving children and teenagers.

The Ugly Christmas Sweater hosted by The League: A Distinguished Gentlemen’s Movement, Inc. & Harlem Run

Monday, December 19 | 6 – 9pm |  Harlem Haberdashery

The green-thumbed and well groomed gentlemen of the organization along with local athletic group encourage all to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters and donate new unwrapped toys, electronics and/or gift cards.

Other special events will be hosted to receive gift donations at private hosted by Tristin + Tyler, Industry Kids, Kristyan Rose Gilmore and Hoodwinked Escape.

The 2016 Annual Gift Drive sponsors: 5001 FLAVORS, Harlem Haberdashery, Hoodwinked Escape, #TakeCareofHarlem, The League: A Distinguished Gentlemen’s Movement, Dash Events, and Malika Manning Events.

Holiday Windows Tours Honor Harlem Renaissance

hhw-postcard-1Harlem is getting in the holiday windows game, and it’s all about the history. Spanning the corridor of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and the 122nd streets, eight businesses will display windows designed and executed by fifteen students from Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) BFA program. The window displays will depict holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance. The windows will be on display from November 30 to January 2. Visitors are invited to stroll through the historic neighborhood throughout the holidays and enjoy the window displays while learning a bit of Harlem’s rich history. To kick off the season, two free window tours on November 30 and December 3 will be provided by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. The tours will feature live storytellers and vignettes with actors and performers bringing the windows to life. The family friendly outing will also include free children’s activities and coloring books highlighting historical themes of the period. This unique approach to presenting holiday windows offers an interesting alternative to the traditional downtown windows for the holidays.

Harlem Holiday Windows is an initiative to stimulate cultural and community activity to promote tourism in Harlem during the holidays. The program is presented by Jacqueline Orange’s ArtCrawl Harlem with curator OmoMisha. It is funded by the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance (FDBA), the Harlem Tourism Board (HTB) and is in partnership with Harlem Park-to-Park(HP2P).   Our goal is to benefit businesses, property owners and residents; foster tourism; and showcase the vibrant neighborhood.

The FIT students will create holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance period (1910-1940). The period was defined by the artistic, literary, and political activism of Harlem’s large African American community. The windows will offer both an educational and festive holiday experience with designs ranging from jazz and historical references to dance, fashion and prohibition scenes.

“We are very excited about working with FIT for the Harlem Holiday Windows Project. A free art installation for all members of the community to enjoy is exactly the type of event we are proud to fund,” said Susannah Koteen, Co-President of FDBA and owner of Lido Restaurant. “We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to experience the window displays along Frederick Douglass Boulevard and all that Harlem has to offer.”

“We view Harlem as one of our country’s most historically rich communities, and its contributions to the arts are legendary,” said, Anne Kong, the faculty overseeing the design project. “When we were approached by Jackie Orange to collaborate on this project, it seemed like a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about this period and its significance on how we view art and culture today. This is an opportunity to expose them to this wonderful community as an important part of New York’s heritage. The windows they have designed are a result of careful research to create scenes that are both historically accurate, timeless, and beautiful,” she added.

“It’s our aim to create holiday window displays that are an option to Fifth Avenue department stores while showcasing Harlem’s proud history. We want to foster support of the community, its businesses, and most importantly, our youth” said Jacqueline Orange. “ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. and participating businesses, community organizations and sponsors are working to produce a bolder and bigger holiday window event that will yield even greater benefits for our neighborhood and its members of all ages,” she added. The unique holiday celebration is expected to draw hundreds of visitors to Harlem and participating locations along Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Windows will be decorated at the following businesses:

  • Vintage Harlem NYC Wine & Spirits, 2235 FDB
  • Chocolat, 2223 FDB
  • Vinateria, 2211 FDB
  • Lido, 2168 FDB
  • Harlem Tavern, 2153 FDB
  • Silvana, 300 W 116
  • Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic, 2119 FDB
  • Land Yoga, 2116 FDB

Harlem Holiday Windows free kick off event will start at the Harriet Tubman Statue on 122ndStreet at 5:30pm on November 30, 2016 and will feature an interactive and intergenerational music performance by special guest Shine and the Moonbeams. The second kick off, also starting on 122nd Street, will begin at 3pm on December 3, 2016 ending at the Shop Harlem Live Harlem Holiday Expo at MIST. Produced by Harlem Park to Park, the program will include an art filled afternoon for kids and adults.

In addition to the free kick off tours on November 30, 2016 and December 3, 2016 a full schedule of paid tours and programming around the Holiday Windows, will be offered by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc., throughout the holiday season, from November 30- December 21, 2016. Programming will include weekly tours on the following Saturdays from 3–5pm (December 3, 10, 17). Registration is available on the website. Rates are $10 per person. Call for special group rates.