February 3rd, 2012 by HarlemGuy

The mission of the HarlemArtsFestival is to produce an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival in June of each year at the newly renovated Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, free and open to the public, showcasing local performers and visual artists to inspire and nourish the artistic community in Harlem.

This year’s festival is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, on June 29th and 30th!

They seek artists from all disciplines to apply via their  website and submit their work, where a committee of established artistic presenters from Harlem with backgrounds in music, dance, theater, and visual arts will help select the artists that will perform each year.

This project will be part of Harlem’s addition to the larger, citywide commitment to provide free art in the public parks during the spring and summer months.


“This annual multidisciplinary event, the Harlem Arts Festival, will highlight the value of the arts to our city and the community. It is in true Harlem fashion to provide entertainment and enlightenment to visitors and residents alike. The Harlem Arts Festival is a fitting addition to the rich artistic history and cultural splendor that is so intrinsic in our community.”

– Senator Bill Perkins

They have already received pledged support from the following individuals and organizations from within the community, and would love your support too:

• Clyde Valentin: Executive Director of the Hip Hop Theater Festival
• Grace Aneiza Ali: President of Of Note Magazine Associate Director of the Dwyer Cultural Center
• Harlem Park to Park
• Homer E. Cook: Community Outreach Coordinator for the Global Technology Preparatory School & The NYC Department of Education
• Jan Willem Van Bergen: Board Member Adarsh Alphons Project
• Larry Scott Blackmon: Deputy Commissioner of Community Outreach, City of New York & Recreation
• Lawrence Rodriguez: Executive Director of Casa Frela Gallery
• Laura Greer: Programming Director from The Apollo
• Saundra Heath: Executive Director of Heath Gallery
• Senator Bill Perkins: New York State Senate, 30th District
• Simone Eccleston: Programming and Arts Education Manager of Harlem Stage
• Sidney Grant: Artistic Director at Ballroom Basix

Pledge you support on Kickstarter today!

Apply to participate today!

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November 7th, 2010 by Native New Yorker

By NativeNewYorker

This Tuesday, November 9th at 7 pm, the Dwyer Cultural Center presents the first of three events in their “Black Arts Movement Summit” series.  Tuesday’s event focuses on theater and features a dialogue with poet-playwright-activist Amiri Baraka, a legendary figure in the Movement, and a dynamic performance by next-generation playwright and Obie Award-winning actor Daniel Beaty.   Tickets start at $7 – call (212) 222-3060 to check availability.  The series continues on Tuesday, November 30th with a progam on Visual Arts.  Check the Dwyer website for details: www.dwyercc.org.

The Dwyer Cultural Center is located at  258 St. Nicholas Avenue; the entrance is on 123rd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.  The Dwyer is a  partnership between the International Communications Association and  Community Works and is Co-Directed by Voza Rivers and Barbara Horowitz.

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May 12th, 2010 by

by HarlemOnaBudget

Weusi poster, on sale at the Dwyer Cultural Center

“Weusi Revisited: 2010 showcases  the historically seminal work of the Weusi Collective. Founded in 1965, the Harlem-based Weusi (”way-oo-see,” which means Blackness in Swahili) are considered progenitors of the Black Arts Movement and were among the first artists to make African imagery a central part of their work.” – Dwyer Cultural Center Website (www.dwyercc.org)

If you haven’t seen it yet and you have a free afternoon this summer, go visit this amazing exhibit. I have been several times and find it to be both beautiful and powerful. Aside from the afrocentric colorful works, there is also an accompanying video featuring interviews with the individual artists who explain why and how they create their paintings. Also, it’s free! – just a suggested donation from those that can.

Weusi Painting

Gaylord Hassan in front of some of his works featured in the Weusi Reunion at the Dwyer Cultural Center. Photograph by Hubert Williams

"Unaligned" by Robert Daniels


“Weusi Revisited: 2010”
Exhibit ends September 3rd
Free ($5 suggested donation)
at the Dwyer Cultural Center
258 St. Nicholas Avenue (123rd Street)

For more information: 212-360-3255

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March 15th, 2010 by

By HarlemOnaBudget

This Thursday Harlem Children’s Zone is hosting a fund raiser to support UNICEF’S Haitian Relief efforts at the Dwyer Cultural Center.  The evening will feature performances by local artists and a silent auction including dinner for two at Chez Lucienne, private showings at local galleries, and personal drawing classes. It is completely free to attend but there is a suggested donation of $10 and guests are strongly encouraged to participate in the auction—it is a fund raiser after all!

 I for one am excited to hear about and attend this event, make a donation, and enjoy the show. Join me and show your love for Haiti!

Harlem Loves Haiti: Whatever it Takes for Harlem’s Kids
Thursday, March 18, 2010
5:00pm-9:00 PM
Harlem Children’s Zone at the Dwyer Cultural Center
258 St. Nicholas Avenue (123rd Street)
For more information: 212-360-3255

Email: info@hcz.org  

Admission: $10 suggested donation

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