UPCOMING EVENTS

July
2016

Center Families Play Day
Saturday, JULY 23RD, 2016

11am-1pm @Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027

Join Center Families and the Harlem Arts Festival at Marcus Garvey Park for a special July Play Day! Bring a picnic and some sunscreen; we will gather near the playground. Enter on the northwest corner of 124 Street between 5th Avenue and Mt. Morris Park West.

Center Families Play Days offer and opportunity for LGBT parents and prospective parents to connect, network with each other, their families and children.

We’ll have activities, snacks, and live music provided by HAF, Harlem Pride, and the LGBT Center, so come ready to have some fun. RSVP ahead of time to let us know if you can make it!

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PREVIOUSLY IN 2015-2016

JUNE
2016

Uptown Funk
JUNE 21st, 2016

Locations Include:
Silvana, Lolo’s, The Cecil, Angel, MIST, Halstead Property, Corner Social, Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center, Billies’s Black, Gin Fizz, Astor Row Cafe, The Shrine, and Urban Garden Center.

On Tuesday, June 21, Make Music New York and Harlem Arts Festival joined forces to present Uptown Funk, a series of funk, jazz, & soul inspired concerts at venues throughout Harlem. Neighborhood clubs, restaurants, and outdoor spaces played host while we both celebrated Harlem’s musical heritage and its makers, and featured younger Harlem-based artists who are carrying on the torch. There was music to enjoy all day, and it will all be free to the public, as always. The series was a walking path down FDB and across 116th.

Spotted a HAF artist:
Shareef Keyes @ NYC Kidsfest
June 19th

Morningside Park Time 6-7pm

NYC Kidsfest Website

Harlem Arts Festival 2016!

Day 1: June, 25th 3pm + 8:30pm
Day 2: June, 26th 3pm + 8:30pm
Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mt Morris Park W
New York, NY 10027

We celebrated our 5th Anniversary Festival! We Featured the brightest talents of Harlem, the festival was a fun celebration of local arts for all ages and interests. In celebration of this landmark year, the Festival Weekend included a kick-off Opening Night Party, a #HAFterparty, and a Sunday Brunch!

HAF GROUP EXHIBITION: UBUNTU
OPENING: JUNE 2, 2016
6:30-8:30PM

On View: June 2-July 8
La Maison d’Art
259 West 132nd Street,
New York, NY 10030

“UBUNTU” is an African based philosophy; translated it means “I am because we are.” Our June show at La Maison d’Art featured the work of HAF visual artists from the past five years, giving a taste of the many artists who are at the heart of HAF.

HAF2016 Opening Night Party
June 24

The National Black Theatre, 8:30pm
2031 5th Ave (@125 street)
New York, NY 10035

We kicked off our 5th Anniversary Festival with #HAF2016’s Opening Night Party held at The National Black Theatre, located at 5th Ave at 125th Street, and featured performances by the 2016 HAF artists Freelance and Samira Gibson, plus a DJ dance party!

HAF2016 Afterparty
June 25

Gin Fizz, 10pm + 2am
308 Malcolm X Boulevard,
New York, NY 10027

We kept the party going at the #HAFterparty 2016! Held at the beloved Harlem speakeasy Gin Fizz for a DJ set by the incredible Tiff McFierce right after Day 1 of the Harlem Arts Festival. We gathered with other party people late into the night, and supported the festival!

HAF2016 Anniversary Brunch/BBQ
June 26

We gathered Sunday morning and started the day off right. Afterward we headed to the last day of the festival!

MAY
2016

HAF2016 ARTIST REUNION
May 13, 2016

Urban Garden Center, 8pm + 12am
1640 Park avenue (@116 street)
New York, NY 10035

A low key party in celebration of HAF Artists past and present. We had equipment set up for an impromptu jam with the HAF House Band along with drinks, complimentary food and a photobooth!

Event sponsored by

WHO’S HARLEM/WHOSE HARLEM

Opening Reception:
April 21, 2016, 6:30pm-9pm

On View:
April 21-May 25, 2016

La Maison D’Art
259 W 132nd Street, New York, NY 10030

Who’s Harlem? / Whose Harlem? examines “multi-local” identity. Inspired by writer Taiye Selasi’s 2014 TED Talk titled: “Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local,” this exhibition aimed to explore the various ways HAF 2016 visual artists experience Harlem as a creative incubator and how their sense of “Home” is shaped by the community, often while remaining connected to other places. This show also sought to question how social influences like race, class, gender and sexuality, gentrification, policing and more, determine what it means to be from Harlem and to whom the neighborhood “belongs.”

APR
2016

HAF2016 PREVIEW SESSION
April 7, 2016

Ginny’s Supper Club, 7:30pm + 9:30pm
310 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10027

A preview of the HAF2016 lineup at the Harlem hot-spot, Ginny’s Supper Club! Performances by selected HAF2016 artists JS Williams and Von Xon.

MAR
2016

5th Anniversary HAF Gala +
Lynnette Velasco Community Impact Awards

March 18, 2016
7:30pm-10:30pm
Alhambra Ballroom
2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027

Honoring Nikoa Evans-Hendricks and Zipcar
Performances by Jarret Key (HAF 2016), Braxton Cook (HAF 2016), and Brianna Thomas

SEE PHOTOS

FEB
2016

WHISKEY/JAZZ 101 SESSION
February 25, 2016

RAW Space Gallery, 7:00pm-9:00am
2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
New York, NY 10027

A collaboration of the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center and Harlem Arts Festival on February 25th at RAW Space gallery, located right down the street from the world famous Apollo Theatre! The event was a feature guide of whiskey tastings of a number of spirits from Kings County Distillery, along with a short informational session about the distilling process. The event was accompanied by a jazz performance and workshop by a HAF2012 artist Emily Braden!

FOOTHOLD ON THE ROCKS

Opening Reception:
February 3, 2016, 6pm-8pm

On View:
February 3-27, 2016

Artist Equity Gallery
245 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

In celebration of Black History Month, Equity Gallery and Harlem Arts Festival were pleased to host A FOOTHOLD ON THE ROCKS: THE INDELIBLE LEGACIES OF JACOB AND GWENDOLYN KNIGHT LAWRENCE, a group exhibition of new work from 9 artists that reflected the enduring artistic contributions of Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. The exhibition featured painting, print, textile, sculpture and film.

JAN
2016

OPEN SESSION
January 21, 2016

Silvana, 8:30pm-1:00am

Join us for our first event of 2016!! We’ve got a full lineup of artists set to perform, with the incredible HAF House Band (Kennedy, Granville Mullings, and Julian Litwack) hosting the night!

ARTIST WORKSHOP

January 12, 2016
7pm-9pm
Hi ARTS Gallery
304 East 100th Street

HAF2016 hopefuls can join us for a workshop covering best practices for putting together their Artist Application (due January 15, 2016).

2015

KIDS’ VILLAGE
December 10, 2015

State Office Building, 4:30pm-6:00pm

HAF organized activities for kids and their families with Creative Art Works, Studio Museum, and Free Kids NYC!

OPEN SESSION
December 10, 2015

Silvana, 8:30pm-1:00am

VIP SESSION | BIRTHDAY PARTY
November 13, 2015

9pm-12:30am
Corn Exchange Building

8pm Special Meet + Greet
9pm General Admission
10:30pm Performances by India Carney and Divinity Roxx
Open Bar all night by Topnotch Events, Sponsored by Vodka Mariette
Dance Party with Tiff McFierce

SEE PHOTOS!

PRIVATE SESSION
Sunday, October 18, 2015

2:00pm-6:00pm
Ilon + Company

HAF threw a choose-your-own-adventure style continental brunch and with performances by Paul Beaubrun, Michaela Marino, and Shilpa Ananth in a beautiful brownstone in Harlem!

SECRET SESSION
Friday, September 18, 2015

9:00pm-2:30am
St. Thomas The Apostle Church

With tickets starting at just $25, HAF’s Secret Session was our most interesting Festival Reprise to date! This party was held in a secret location, divulged to ticket-holders just one day before the event, and featured performances by HAF2015 artists Farrah Boule Burns, Chris Turner, and AKIR, and special guests The Shed!

HAF SESSIONS

HAF Sessions are our expanded programming series, bringing you the best of the fest all year round! Featuring some of our favorite artists, HAF partners with emerging Harlem organizations to present contemporary local artists as part of our ongoing commitment to their artistic development. These sessions include:

VIP Sessions are exclusively for our supporters who are are excited about the arts and want to support our mission! VIPs enjoy tickets to all of our events including an open-bar party, live performances by select HAF Artists, a silent auction, special access to goodies from our sponsors, and awesome giveaways.

Studio Sessions pair HAF artists with professional artists and provide them performance and recording time at Stadiumred, a local, state-of-the-art recording studio based in Ornette Coleman’s former studio in Harlem. HAF patrons get to experience first hand the recording process in action, and will be given a live studio mix of the performance to take home as a memento!

Open Mic Sessions are a chance for past and present HAF Artists and non-HAF Artists to present new work, works in progress, and more. Filled with artists, these Sessions bring artists together to jam and create never before seen, on-the-spot collaborations.

Secret Sessions are for the more adventurous event-goers among us. These Sessions are exclusive concerts, dance parties, and truly unique events in architecturally distinct, raw, repurposed spaces that aren’t open to the public. HAF announces the date and time to the world, but keeps the lineup and location secret until the guest list is finalized.

Preview Sessions are kick offs to the fest where HAF showcases selected HAF Artists who made the festival lineup. Attendees are the first first to see the artists before the festival in June!

Reprise Sessions revisits the magic of the summer festival. Just in case you missed it, or want to come back for more, it’s HAF’s way to showcase its Artists one more time before the next great year begins!

PAST SESSIONS

July 25th: Family Play Day in Marcus Garvey Park with the LGBT Center

Family Play Day in Marcus Garvey Park

July 25, 2015, 11:00am – 1:00pm

With the LGBT Center

LGBT Center and HAF Picnic

Please join us for this special Families Play Day in Marcus Garvey Park! The event will feature music by Harlem Arts Festival artists, and activities and snacks provided by local organizations.

Center Families’ Play Days offer an opportunity for LGBT parents and prospective parents to connect and network with each other, their families and children. RSVP is required for this event, please contact rsvp@harlemartsfestival.com with your full name and the amount of people you will bring!

June 27-28, Harlem Arts Festival

Harlem Arts Festival 2015

June 27-28, 2015

Marcus Garvey Park

See the full festival lineup, schedule, and purchase tickets for opening night:

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JUNE 26: HAF Opening Night

Harlem Arts Festival Opening Night

Friday, June 26, 2015

7:00pm & 9:00pm

Location: Ginny’s Supper Club, Red Rooster
Performances: Samora Pinderhughes, Lauren Desberg, and Stephen Woods aka AKIR

Purchase tickets for opening night below, or find out more information about this year’s festival at http://www.harlemartsfestival.com/2015-festival/.

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JUNE 4TH: ``Art As Resistance``

ART AS RESISTANCE

Thursday, June 4th, 2015
6:30pm-9:30pm

La Maison D’Art @ 259 W 132nd St, New York, NY 10030

On June 4, 2015 the Harlem Arts Festival debuts its second exhibition, through its partnership with Harlem-based art gallery La Maison d’Art, which showcases local community artists and artisans.

The exhibition, entitled “Art as Resistance,” presents the works of six past and present Harlem Arts Festival visual artists. The opening reception will also feature a performance from HAF 2015 artist, singer/songwriter Jasmine Reign. The exhibition will run from June 1 to July 15 at La Maison d’Art, and will feature the following artists:

Tiffany Latrice’s art is for and about women. With a degree in international relations with a concentration in gender, culture, and global society from the University of Southern California and a masters in women’s history from Sarah Lawrence College, Tiffany’s art is a feminist statement that seeks to combat androcentric worldviews of women’s role in society. Through her compositions and texture, she tell the story of marginalized voices and systematic oppression; she moves women from marginalized spaces to spaces of power and agency. Tiffany combats objectification and commodification by allowing the viewer to undergo a journey through the elaborate imagery she depicts on the canvas.

J.T. Liss is an East Harlem based photographic artist and poet for social change. His work consists of multiple layers, sometimes up to 18 different photographs merged together, to create hidden imagery that reflect metaphorical meanings related to society, inequality, religion, love and the universe around and within us.

Lädy is a street tag created by Lädy Millard. Her art explores common iconography of femininity, the demise of culture and class, and it pervades the walls Manhattan’s Lower East Side where it makes a claim to power for people without a voice. Lädy is not only a graffiti artist but a social commentator and street anthropologist as she sends a message to her spectators about the meaning of the “Lady” in our society. Redefining the gender and incorporating her environment to manipulate the audience’s view of the reality that they live.

Alice Mizrachi is a painter and teaching artist in New York. Through painting, murals, printmaking and installations, Alice creates figurative work that depicts characters whose relationships and emotions reflect her perspective of the social environment. Alice seeks to spread empathy and compassion through site-specific projects that are positive visual responses to social issues that affect neighboring residents. In her roles as artist and teacher, Alice explores art as a path for communities and individuals to heal through creative expression. She works to empower and inspire women and girls by elevating females to sacred archetypes in her art. And as a teaching artist, Alice extends her personal commitment to art as a tool for healing through hands-on creative projects that help others express their ideas about topics such as environmentalism, identity and migration.

Lance Johnson is a mixed media artist who lives his motto, “Think…create…inspire.” He constructs vibrant, thought provoking works that are inspired by his ancestral legacy, hip hop, and the legendary artist and writer Romare Bearden.

Zulu King “Slone” [WOTS Crew, LOC] is the Executive Director of the Arts Department for the Universal Zulu Nation, a Philosopher, a Teacher, and a Community Activist for murals for change. He is Graffiti Hall of Famer, receiver of a Hip Hop Humanitarian Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Mogul Magazine. He also works with Beats, Rhymes, & Relief, a Hip Hop awareness non-profit, to raise support for worldwide humanitarian relief efforts through the arts.

Jasmine Reign is a visionartist, singer and songwriter cruising down the intersection between jazz and electronic music. She is a third culture kid, with roots in both the U.S. and South Africa and her bloom firmly in New York City. She has performed at various venues across NYC including (most recently) the Studio at Webster Hall and will release her first solo EP in Fall 2015.

 

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APRIL 23RD: HAF SESSION PREVIEW 2015

HAF Session
Thursday, April 23, 2015

7:30pm-11:30pm

Red Rooster, Ginny’s Supper Club: 310 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10027
Performances:

Emily Braden, an HAF 2014 alum, was the winner of New York City’s prestigious “Best of the Best” Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. Braden is a powerhouse singer that combines jazz, R&B, and soul.
Shilpa Ananth‘s music is a blend of her Indian roots, combining flavors from the East and the West and influences of contemporary artists such as Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu, and James Blake. With flavorful Jazz chords, and Hip Hop styled beats, Shilpa sings in four languages – Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, and English.
Jesse Fischer crosses boundaries between jazz, soul, funk, hip-­‐hop, and world music, creating catchy melodies and truly irresistible grooves.
Sammy Miller has performed/recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, Bobby Watson, Johnny O’Neal, David Benoit, Ozomotli, and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens—at venues across the globe, including the White House, the Bern Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. Sam has been recognized with the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s Shelly Manne Award, the Dolo Coker Scholarship, and the 2009 Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award.
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APRIL 22ND: HAF OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION - DARA LEVINE PRESENTS ``NEW YORK DNA``

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
6:30pm-9:30pm

La Maison D’Art @ 259 W 132nd St, New York, NY 10030

An exclusive opportunity to meet HAF Visual Artist Dara Levine and ask about her exhibition entitled “New York DNA”, exhibiting at La Maison D’Art from April 23nd – May 22nd.

RSVP Required, limited capacity.

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HAF Gala + Lynette Velasco Community Impact Awards

2015 HAF Gala + Lynnette Velasco Community Impact Awards
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
7:30pm-11:00pm

Madiba @ MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street, New York NY 10026
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YOUNG PATRON SESSION 2015

YOUNG PATRON SESSION
March 19th, 2015

8:00PM – 11:30PM

The Young Patrons Session gives a chance to meet the people who make HAF happen: artists, supporters, friends, the HAF team, and more. Crafted for individuals under 35 years old, this event featured:
  • 3-hour open bar
  • Performances by:
  • DJ dance party!
  • A silent auction (includes Jetblue tickets, original paintings and prints, and more)
  • Raffles, giveaways, and more!
Location: Whitebox Arts Center, 329 Broome Street #1, New York, NY 10002
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HAF SESSION: OPEN MIC 2015

HAF Session
Thursday, February 19, 2015

8:30pm-1:00am

Silvana: 300 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026
Performance: HAF House Band: Julian Litwack, Granville Mullings Jr. and Chad Selph feat. Kennedy (from Kennedy Administration)
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ARTIST APPLICATION Q&A AND WORKSHOP

Artist Application Q&A and Workshop
January 8, 2015

8:00pm-10:00pm

For Artists: Meet the executive staff of the Harlem Arts Festival and ask questions about filling out the 2015 Artist Application, what it means to be an HAF artist, and more!
Location: Hi-Arts Gallery Space, 304 East 100th Street, New York, NY 10029

HAF SESSION: 2014 REPRISE

HAF2014 REPRISE
Thursday, November 13, 2014

8:30pm-1:00am

Red Rooster

130 Lenox Avenue

New York NY 10027

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a special HAF Session.. the #HAF2014 Reprise! We presented just a taste of the best of the fest from this summer’s event. Many thanks to Red Rooster for hosting us!

Performances by 212Green, Tyrone Birkett, and #HAF2014 headliner, Elle Winston. Plus, visual art on display by Lance Johnson.

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HAF SESSION: FESTIVAL ENCORE 2013

FESTIVAL ENCORE 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
10:00pm – 3:00am

Harlem Arts Festival was proud to present its inaugural HAFSessions at Harlem’s newest hotspot, Silvana. Located on 116th and FDB, Silvana is a music venue that serves Middle Eastern Cuisine.

We highlighted some of our favorite acts from Harlem Arts Festivals 2012 and 2013. The night featured performances by Queen Esther (HAF 2012), Ben Barson (HAF 2012), and Najee Omar (HAF 2013), and visual arts by Valerie Patritti (HAF 2013).

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HAF SESSION: OPEN MIC 2012

HAF OPEN MIC
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
10:00pm – 1:00am

MIST Harlem and Harlem Arts Festival invite you to a one night only underground open mic jam session featuring HAF 2012 artists, and some of the freshest local musicians and spoken word artists.

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