3 Things you need to know about the inaugural Harlem Arts Festival

Harlem is going through another renaissance. Whether it’s prime real estate, good food or arts & culture that you’re looking for, you no longer have to leave the neighborhood to get it. 

To celebrate this revitalization and to capture the energy and essence of what’s going on Uptown, a group of local residents have created the Harlem Arts Festival. The inaugural fest is scheduled to take place in late June at the newly renovated Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park.

Here are three things you need to know:

1.      The Harlem Arts Festival is a Platform for Local Artists

The Harlem Arts Festival was created as a way to highlight and showcase local performers and visual artists. Although this is the inaugural year, the committee hopes that the festival will become an annual event that will inspire and nourish the community.

 “For years there has been a sort of silent mass exodus of creative talent leaving Harlem for Brooklyn. With the Harlem Arts Festival, we wanted to create a collaborative environment that local artists could transform and call their own,” said Neal Ludevig, the festival’s Executive Director. Read the full article here.

 Artists and performers of all artistic disciplines are encouraged to submit an application no later than March 31st  for a chance to be a part of an event that will surely make history. For more information on the application, please visit the website.

2.      The Harlem Arts Festival is a Community-funded Project

 You want to see an arts festival in your community? Skip your weekly manicure or daily cup of Starbucks and use your savings to chip in! The organization has applied for several grants including the new Richard Rodgers Foundation grant, but they are counting on individuals like you to help them reach their initial goal of $12,000 by March 18th.

Take a closer look at their Kickstarter pitch:

3.      The Harlem Arts Festival is a local addition to other summer festivals, blockparties and parades that happen in other parts of the city.

The inaugural Harlem Arts Festival is for Harlem, by Harlem and provides an opportunity to directly engage with a community in transition and bring together old and new residents over their shared love for the arts.

Festival goers will be able to see headliners and popular emerging artists right in their own backyards. They will also be able to observe and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork, sample delicious local fare and engage in interactive activities for the whole family through via a Harlem School of the Arts initiative.

If you want an arts festival in Harlem, this is your chance! Show some love!