2015-2016 EVENTS ARCHIVE
5TH ANNIVERSARY HAF GALA +
LYNNETTE VELASCO COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARDS
Held at the Alhambra Ballroom on March 18, 2016.
The event presented Nikoa Evans-Hendricks the Lynette Velasco Community Impact Award, and honored Zipcar for their committment to supporting the arts, community, and parks.
Performances by Jarret Key (HAF 2016), Braxton Cook (HAF 2016), and Brianna Thomas.
Held at Gin Fizz on June 25, 2016.
Hosted by HAF’s Junior Board, HAF 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!
Held at the Urban Garden Center on May 13,2016.
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! The event was sponsored by:
Held at Silvana on December 10, 2015 and January 21st, 2016.
Backed by Granville Mullings Jr. and the Misunderstandings, hopeful artists get up on stage and perform for HAF’s artistic selection committee before each year’s application closes!.
WHO’S HARLEM/WHOSE HARLEM
Held at La Maison D’Art. Opening reception was on April 21 and on view until May 25.
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.”
HAF GROUP EXHIBITION: UBUNTU
Held at La Maison d’Art and opened on June 2, 2016 and on view from June 2 to July 8.
“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.
VIP SESSION/BIRTHDAY PARTY
Held at the Corn Exchange Building on November 13, 2015.
Performances by India Carney and Divinity Roxx Open Bar all night by Topnotch Events. Sponsored by Vodka Mariette and by Artimus Real Estate. A dance party with Tiff McFierce.
HAF’s Secret Session was held in the St. Thomas the Apostle Church, divulged to ticket-holders just one day before the event, and featured performances by HAF 2015 artists Farrah Boule Burns, Chris Turner, and AKIR, and hosted by HAF2016 artist Anu Sun and the Shed guests The Shed!
The Harlem Arts Festival, HAF’s flagship program, occurs annually in Marcus Garvey Park the last weekend of June, and is free and open to the public. The fest showcases each year’s selected performing and visual artists through a number of presentations at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, a smaller more intimate constructed 2nd stage, a gallery walk, and in site-specific, curated spaces in the surrounding park area. The fest also features discussion panels, forums, classes, installations, immersive experiences, a kids’ corner, an area for local businesses and food vendors, and more
HAF Sessions are short intimate performances that occur on regular a basis at venues in and around Harlem. This programming series increases visibility for the festival and its artists, and provides a forum for interaction with the community, local partners, and hopeful artist applicants.
HAF’s annual gala announces its artist lineup for the coming fest, and brings together HAF’s largest supporters, donors, and sponsors for a wonderful celebration. In addition to presenting a few HAF artists across each discipline, the gala honors 1-2 individuals with the Lynette Velasco Community Impact Award. This award is meant to acknowledge the recipient’s lifelong commitment to Harlem’s artistic and cultural community. More information about the award can be found here.