The mission of Harlem Arts Festival (HAF) 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.
The Harlem Arts Festival presents multi-disciplinary performances in venues throughout Harlem over the course of each year, culminating in an annual festival that takes place in Marcus Garvey Park at the Richard Rodgers amphitheater. The performances showcase local performers and visual artists that inspire and nourish the artistic community in Harlem. The festival aims to promote arts education and literacy by implementing arts-related discussion forums, educational workshops, performance opportunities and activities for youth and family. The goal of the Harlem Arts Festival is to fuel the cultural and artistic prosperity of our neighborhood.
FESTIVAL DETAILS & SUCCESS
The Harlem Arts Festival is a passion project started by three young arts entrepreneurs living in Harlem. Since its inception, the Harlem Arts Festival has showcased nearly 150 artists at its annual festival on two stages and throughout each year. HAF has garnered press from media outlets such as ABC News, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The New York Daily News, The Village Voice, Amsterdam News, Flavorpill, Revive, Untapped Cities, and more. Attendance has grown exponentially since its’ founding in 2012 with more than 6,000 attendees in 2014 alone. Its budget and staff have more than doubled since 2012, and the festival’s reputation continues to grow, marking the amphitheater as a performance destination for world-class artists while cultivating local talent.
The 2014 festival marked a year of impressive partnerships and growth. The estival expanded its programming to three days, co-presented its Opening Night Party with Revive Music, and worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center to present its Jazz for Young People on Tour program. In 2015 HAF commissioned a major semi-permanent installation in Marcus Garvey Park, increased its programming to take place year-round, and formed partnerships to expand its visual arts programming with La Maison D’Art and Zipcar.