I’ve created this page to tell you all about the Harlem Arts Festival (HAF), a festival I co-founded in 2010 with two friends (pictured above). The last few years have been a thrilling, trying, rewarding journey, and I invite you to join me on it more closely in the coming months.
I was going to write all of this in an email, but instead I’ve made this page as a guide for you to explore Harlem Arts Festival — our mission, upcoming events, fun facts, and exciting moves.
If you have any questions about anything or want to spread the word, please be in touch! You can email me at email@example.com, or you can connect with the festival via our mailing list and social media.
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Young Patron’s Session
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Whitebox Art Center
329 Broome Street #1
NY NY 10002
A Duet by Zest Collective
Projection art by Andrew Kaminsky
Music by Kennedy (from the Kennedy Administration)
Two JetBlue tickets ($1,000 value)
Original Artwork by HAF Artists ($100 value per piece)
Win a HAF Young Patron Membership, giving you complimentary tickets to all HAF events!
$75 Regular Tickets
$250 Young Patron Membership
The Young Patron’s Session is chance to celebrate the upcoming festival with the people who make HAF happen: artists, supporters, friends, the HAF team, and more! Enjoy an open bar, performances, and a DJ’d dance party at the beautiful Whitebox Art Center while showing your support for Harlem artists.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Madiba @ MIST Harlem
46 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10026
Performances by 2015 Artists
Cocktails & Dinner
Lynette Velasco Community Impact Award Presentation
$125 Single Tickets
$200 Couples Ticket (2)
$75 Young Patron Ticket (under 35)
$1,000 Gala Table: One 8-person private table.
$1,500 Friend Table: One 8-person private table, plus sponsor four HAF2015 Artists’ tickets to our fundraising Gala!
$2,500 Supporter Table: One 8-person private table with preferred seating, special acknowledgement in Gala program as a Supporter, plus sponsor eight HAF2015 Artists’ tickets to our fundraising Gala!
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
The Harlem Arts Festival is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization, meaning all donations made to HAF are completely tax-deductible.
How do I donate?
You can either give a gift of your own design here: Give a Gift or you can get a Membership, which on top of the tax-deduction, gets you access to all our ticketed events for the year! Right now we have Young Patron Memberships available for the younger arts supporters among us (35 and under).
LEARN ABOUT US
The mission of the Harlem Arts Festival is to provide resources, visibility and career opportunities to artists; to increase participation and engagement in the arts by the Harlem community; and to continue Harlem’s artistic legacy of making art that preserves the history and develops the identity of Harlem.
We co-founded the festival in 2010 because we lived in Harlem and we knew tons of artists who lived in Harlem too, yet we were only seeing them perform downtown or in Brooklyn. We thought to ourselves that with our backgrounds in music, dance, theater, and arts administration, we should create a platform for artists to show their work that was accessible — physically and financially — to the community. We also decided that we would pay our artists.
We are dedicated to cultivating careers in the arts, and this process begins with recognizing the value of an artist’s contribution to the field. While what we’re able to provide in these early years isn’t nearly commensurate with their time or talent, we hope our efforts demonstrate our commitment to our artists.
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
..and maybe win 2 tickets on JetBlue!
We like to do giveaways in our monthly Newsletters, and between now and Friday 3/13 at 4pm you can enter yourself in a raffle to win 2 tickets on JetBlue just by signing up to our mailing list or updating your subscription preferences. Friday the 13th doesn’t have to be all bad ;)
What is a “HAF Session?”
HAF presents a free festival once a year, but we have so many talented artists we like to present them at smaller events in Harlem throughout the year. These short performances are called HAF Sessions, check out photos!
Some types of HAF Sessions:
Studio Sessions are live recording events where you’re invited to listen in on a rehearsal and taping of a track by selected HAF Artists. Bonus: You get a digital copy of the Session to take home!
Secret Sessions are for the more adventurous event-goers among us. These Sessions happen in beautiful spaces that aren’t open to the public, so we announce the date and time to the world, but keep the lineup and location secret until the guest list is finalized.