Harlem One Stop, a destination marketing organization, and tour operator in Harlem, and the Harlem Cultural Collaborative Partners will kick-off the Harlem Renaissance 100 community celebration.
The celebration will kick off with a Harlem Open House on Friday, October 19th, 2018, beginning at 11 am in the Great Hall of the Shepherd Hall building located on the campus of the City College of New York, 340 Convent Avenue in Hamilton Heights, West Harlem.
Harlem Renaissance 100 will showcase over 25 cultural institutions and community-based organizations including the Apollo, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Harlem Stage, Jazz Museum of Harlem, and the Museum of the City of New York. These organizations will introduce their cultural resources, public programs, and tourism products for 2019. Displays of art, music and interactive sessions followed by neighborhood tours will channel the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance period. Following the neighborhood tour, the Harlem Cultural Collaborative will host a reception at a local restaurant and rum bar.
Programming in 2019 will highlight Harlem’s connection to France and the prestigious Croix de Guerre in addition to honoring WorldPride NYC through the works of the Harlem Renaissance LGBT community such as Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Gladys Bentley, and Bessie Smith. Furthermore, the celebration will feature performances which explore the music scene of the time and the influences of the Great Migration north on the development of Jazz.
The Harlem Renaissance was the name given to the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem between the end of World War I and the middle of the 1930s. During this period, Harlem was a cultural center and drew writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars of African descent to the area. Harlem Renaissance 100 will celebrate the achievements of the era and bring the conversation forward as we consider its impact today.
Friday, October 19, 2018, 1-6 pm EST
City College of New York, 340 Convent Avenue, Hamilton Heights, West Harlem. 10031
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