Today’s New York Times featured the troubled story about the National Black Theater and its financial woes. The building, with a fully functional theater with space to spare and retail space galore, takes up an entire block along 5th Avenue between 125th and 126th Street. As a cruel twist of irony, the area is finally starting to show positive change as new businesses and eateries open up nearby.
Read the article here. Below is the official statement from the National Black Theater in response to the article.
STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL LYTHCOTT AND SADE LYTHCOTT, SON AND DAUGHTER OF NATIONAL BLACK THEATER FOUNDER DR. BARBARA ANN TEER:
“The National Black Theater has been an integral part of Harlem’s cultural fabric for more than four decades. As the second generation to lead this theater, our singular mission is to preserve and build upon that legacy. Our comprehensive plans to broaden our curriculum and vastly expand our offerings to the community have unfortunately been stymied by the financial predicament in which we find ourselves through no fault of our own. However, we are confident that with the amazing outpouring of community support we are experiencing, we are close to resolving those financial issues and moving into the next, exciting phase of our cultural and community programming.”
- A Harlem Cultural Hub Is Threatened by Debt (nytimes.com)