Opening, Harlem Is… Exhibit At Harlem Hospital Center

January 22, 2024

Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group and Harlem Hospital Center are celebrating the historic launch of a permanent exhibition of harlem is . . .

Theater, Music, and Dance at Harlem Hospital Center. This dynamic, landmark, multimedia installation is a unique salute to people who have built and are sustaining Harlem’s cultural legacy.

For over two decades, the harlem is… exhibition series has chronicled a century of the Harlem community’s evolution and honored more than 100 legendary people, places, and institutions that anchor that history (a list is below) For music, theater, and dance, each component illuminates a different aspect of Harlem’s character and culture, weaving together research, interviews, and creative writing by young people with archival and contemporary elements. 

Located on the second floor, the exhibit will be open to individuals and small groups three days a week starting February 13, 2024. Hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors should check in with the hospital desk at 506 Lenox Ave/ Malcolm X Boulevard through the 136th Street entrance. 

As Barbara Horowitz, Community Works president, said, “We are confident that this installation will endure as a lasting draw for visitors, students, and community groups.” New Heritage Executive Producer Voza Rivers added that the hospital itself is a center that highlights arts, and the exhibit is an opportunity for community partnerships to build on common history. 


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Harlem Hospital Center is a center for major art installations. The Hospital’s Mural Pavilion is home to WPA-era murals of renown for being among the first to reflect people of color at work and remains home to our 30-foot timeline honoring Harlem’s history over the century that is part of the lasting exhibit. “We are so proud that generations to come will be able to view this landmark exhibit along with the historic murals,” said Horowitz.

Supporting information for the exhibit is available at our website at https://www.harlem-is.org and with posts on www.instagram.com/harlemislegacy and at www.facebook.com/communityworksnyc. The website has downloadable curriculum materials for teachers, students, and community groups. 

Arrangements for group visits during listed hours should be made by emailing bh@communityworksnyc.orgor calling 917-757-2242, or emailing HarlemPublicAffairs@nychhc.org; or calling 212-939 1372. 

The exhibit was designed by Whirlwind Creations Inc. with contemporary photographs by Ruth Morgan. 

The Harlem is . . . program is dedicated to the memory of Community Works’ Board Chairman Michael Davidson. 

Honorees include:

Music Honorees: Bill Saxton, Lonnie Youngblood, Craig Harris, Doug E. Fresh, Ed Babb, Roberta Long, Chuck Jackson, Graciela, Gloria Lynne, Max Roach.

Theater Honorees: George Faison and Tad Schnugg, Firehouse Theatre, Stephanie Berry and John Martin Green, Blackberry Productions, Ray Gaspard, Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center, Woodie King Jr., New Federal Theatre, James Pringle, The Harlem Theatre Company, Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, The Mama Foundation,

Voza Rivers and Jamal Joseph, New Heritage Theatre Group, Debra Ann Byrd, Take Wing and Soar Productions, Ty Jones, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Gertrude Jeannette, The H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players, Barbara Ann Teer, National Black Theatre Garland Lee Thompson, The Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop.

Dance Honorees

Olabamidele Husbands, Marie Brooks, Ruth Williams, Loretta Abbott

Music Institutions 

Jazzmobile, The Apollo Theater. New Amsterdam Music Association, The Harlem School for the Arts, Raíces Latin Music Collection at Boys and Girls Harbor, Impact Repertory Theatre.

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