Faith Ringgold is best known as a prize-winning children’s author and illustrator. Before creating her best-known classic, Tar Beach, Faith was a Harlem educator who grew up on Sugar Hill and attended City College.
On November 3, Faith was honored at her alma mater inside of the Shepard’s Great Hall for her 80th birthday. The birthday celebration had a dual purpose. It was also a benefit to launch The Sugar Hill Development and Faith Ringgold Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. Luis A. Miranda, Jr. served as Master of Ceremonies. Special birthday guests included renowned architect David Adjaye and the Honorable David N. Dinkins.
Students from the Broadway Housing Mentoring Program serenaded Ms. Ringgold with an original composition, “With Faith.”
Sugar Hill will provide 124 affordable apartments and an early childhood center. The Faith Ringgold Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, a new cultural institution inspired by Faith’s creative leadership celebrating the richness of Harlem’s cultural heritage, will anchor the project.
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