Seitu’s World: A Celebration Of Harlem Is . . . Music, Theater And Dance Exhibit At Harlem Hospital

March 25, 2024

By Seitu Oronde

On Sunday, March 24th, 2024, Harlem photojournalist Seitu Oronde was at the Harlem Is . . . Music, Theater And Dance Exhibit at Harlem Hospital Center in Harlem, NY.

The event explored the vibrant tapestry of Harlem’s cultural history. Stepping into the world of “Harlem is . . . Music, Theater & Dance” at Harlem Hospital Center, where a permanent exhibit now pays homage to 100 legacy keepers and institutions who have shaped over a century of artistic expression in Harlem.

For two decades, this exhibit has toured, but it has now found its permanent home through the collaboration of Harlem Hospital Center, located at 506 Lenox Avenue on 136th Street in Harlem.


The legacy keepers honored in the exhibit span a wide array of artistic disciplines. From renowned musicians like Bill Saxton and Doug E. Fresh to theater luminaries such as George Faison and Vy Higginsen, and dance icons like Olabamidele Husbands and Ruth Williams, each honoree has left an indelible mark on Harlem‘s cultural landscape.

One standout honoree, Stephanie Berry, is celebrated for her contributions as an actor, theater director, and co-founder of Blackberry Productions Theatre Company. For over 20 years, Berry and her company have championed Black playwrights and themes, conducted arts education workshops, and promoted youth involvement in the arts.

As part of the exhibit’s launch celebration on March 24th, 2024, jazz master Craig Harris and his band performed excerpts from his composition “Harlem is a State of Mind.” Harris, a longtime Harlem resident, explores themes inspired by his experiences in the neighborhood, creating unique musical collaborations that reflect Harlem‘s dynamic spirit.


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The celebration will also include a film tribute to the honorees, providing a deeper insight into their contributions, as well as opportunities to meet the legacy keepers and explore the exhibit further. A light reception will follow, offering a chance for attendees to mingle and reflect on Harlem’s enduring cultural legacy.

The event honors Harlem‘s cultural pioneers and celebrates the vibrant spirit of creativity that continues to thrive in this historic neighborhood.

Here are the photographs:

The exhibit, which is free to the public, welcomes visitors on Tuesdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12 pm to 4 pm. School and community groups can arrange visits by appointment, simply by calling 917-757-2242 or emailing bh@communityworksnyc.org.

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