Harlem is . . . Healing Outdoor Exhibit Opens In Harlem Week 2022

August 5, 2022

A larger-than-life outdoor public art exhibit is opening on August 12, 2022, on St. Nicholas Avenue between 120thand 121st Streets as part of the continuing Harlem is . . . Healing campaign.

The campaign is by Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group and in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program.  

The sidewalk exhibit presents compelling portraits of nine of the 50 Harlem is. . . Healing honorees from all walks of life who have helped the community weather two years of pandemic and social justice turmoil with a variety of activities from providing food and spiritual support, to sustaining youth groups, to creating artwork, to working to get guns off our streets. 

“This is an invitation for the public to acknowledge that our heroes are local, people who work daily towards a better community,” said Barbara Horowitz, Founder & President of Community Works. 

The launch is part of HARLEM WEEK (August 12 – 21, 2022) and in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.

The exhibit will be available for public viewing for four months. 

The five-foot panels, featuring stunning portraits and quotes, are presented through the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program’s Art Display Case Exhibits initiative. 

Visitors may read more complete tributes at Community Works’ website https://www.harlem-is.org  as well as at http://www.instagram.com/harlemislegacy/ and https://www.facebook.com/CommunityWorksNYC/

For more information on the NYC DT Art Program, please visit www.nyc.gov/dotart

“What better way to celebrate HARLEM WEEK than to note the best contributions of our own people,” said Voza Rivers, Executive Producer, New Heritage Theatre Group and HARLEM WEEK Executive Producer.

The honorees include:

·      Arva Rice, President and CEO of the NY Urban League

·      Jackie Rowe-Adams, co-founder of Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E

·      Akemi Kochiyama, writer, activist

·      Andrea Arroyo, artist, activist

·      Robin Bell-Stevens, Director and Executive Producer of Jazzmobile

·      Dietrice Bolden, Managing Director of lMPACT Repertory Theatre

·      Rev. Michael A. Walrond Jr.,  Senior Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church

·      Tau Battice, Harlem photographer

·      Winston Majette, Executive Director, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.

Over two years, through online exhibitions and social media posts, Community Works has spotlighted people who seek to help offset the disproportionate effects on Harlem from COVID-19 and the turmoil over social justice by distributing food, creating jobs and offering spiritual, financial and emotional well-being. 

The Harlem is . . . Healing project is an important and logical extension of Community Works’ 32-year mission to connect neighborhoods through the arts and education.

Community Works and New Heritage Theatre will be organizing free group tours of the exhibit with artist educator Daniel Carlton.

In addition, Harlem Heritage Tours will develop a multi-media tour that speaks to the life and times of the 9 local heroes.

The exhibit was designed by Clara Alonso and features the photography of Tau Battice, with project management by Connie Lee of Art Lives Here.

Support for photography and public programming is provided by Con Edison and Humanities New York.

For more information or to schedule a group tour, call Barbara Horowitz at 917-757-2242 or email bh@communityworksnyc.org

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