Reflecting on Black History Month

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February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month. It is an annual celebration of African Americans’ accomplishments. The celebration acknowledges the history of the community and its growth. Harlem, which had seen a dramatic increase of African Americans starting in 1904, has gone through immense periods of…

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Harlem Is My Horizon: Stories from an Implant

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In April 2017, Harlem Arts Festival (HAF) will be launching an exhibition series in partnership with Freda Knowles, #realmusicrebels and saltjam. Freda Knowles is an incredible person living in our community doing fantastic work, and we thought an introduction to who she is, how she arrived to Harlem, and her...
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#HAFArtist Talks: Samora Pinderhughes on art and activism.

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“I think our first responsibility is to… tell important stories… that aren’t supported by the status quo.”   In 2016, multiple artists used their work as a platform to discuss acts of injustice and social justice movements. From Beyoncé to Katy Perry, artists and celebrities were not afraid to speak…

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My experience at HAF’s exhibition entitled, “UBUNTU”

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The following article was written by Dennis Moody, one of Harlem Arts Festival's newest board members. "Last year in late May I was feeling anxious about asking my wife a simple question. You see, I had been talking to the founding members of the Harlem Arts Festival for several weeks...
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Plan Your Visit: The Official #HAF2014 Festival Guide

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Our official HAF2014 Festival  Guide has dropped!  See details on our Opening Night Party at MIST Harlem, the festival schedule, amazing artwork, kids’ activities and more! Plan your visit before the fest! Click the cover photo below to have a look inside. Download the Festival Guide here!

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Harlem Arts Festival 2014 Lineup

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The Harlem Arts Festival returns this June 27-29th! We’re excited to announce this summer’s lineup of artists. In addition, we’re hosting an opening night this year. Similar to our HAFSessions, a few artists were handpicked by our staff to kick-off the HAF2014 festivities on Friday June 27 at MIST (details…

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HAF 2014 Gala Recap!

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The HAF 2014 Fundraising Gala was a huge success! We had such an amazing time at MIST this year and many thanks to them for helping us to make the gala happen. We were graciously featured in both The Morningsider and Meet Me Uptown. In addition to their recaps, we…

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Nina Simone at the 1969 Harlem Festival

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Today is the legendary Nina Simone’s birthday! Born on this day in 1933, what does “The High Priestess of Soul” and Harlem Arts Festival have in common? The historical 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival! A little known fact, the Harlem Cultural Festival took place in Marcus Garvey Park during the summer…

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The Lynnette Velasco Community Impact Award

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At the Harlem Arts Festival 2014 Fundraising Gala, the HAF Family will honor the memory of Lynnette C. Velasco by creating the annual Lynnette Velasco Community Impact Award. A dear friend to the HAF Family, Lynnette wore many hats and made her transition on August 20, 2012. As a community…

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KIND Sweepstakes

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Hey HAFamily! We’re very excited to report that KIND Healthy Snacks selected Harlem Arts Festival to be part of its Do the KIND Thing contest! Each month, KIND supports one project with $10,000, all decided by your votes. Voting opened today (February 10th), and will stay open until the end…

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Harvesting Harlem’s Food Movement

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It’s officially autumn in New York! During this time of year, as the cold steadily sets in and the trees put on their beautiful final show before the winter, the HAF team  buckles down to plan. Currently, we are working on future monthly programs, promoting and supporting arts activities in…

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