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SIPA's ACE Celebrates Community With Harlem Musical Treasures

The School of International and Public Affairs' The Alliance for Community Enhancement (ACE) , will hold its Second Annual Event on Wednesday, March 31, featuring the Salvation & Deliverance Church Gospel Choir in a program titled Celebrating Community Through Inspirational Song: A Sharing of Harlem's Musical Treasures.

The inspirational concert, to take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Milbank Chapel, located at Teachers College, is open to the public and showcases some of SIPA students' outreach efforts in Morningside Heights and Harlem neighborhoods. SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, SIPA professor in the practice of public affairs, will present opening remarks.

ACE is the first student-run, non-profit organization of its kind, intended to develop graduate students' non-profit management skills in a learning laboratory. Established in the fall of 1999, the organizations' main objectives are to provide Columbia students with practical experience building a non-profit from the ground up, consulting and handling operations while enhancing community development initiatives with community-based organizations in Harlem.

Last May, in collaboration with community leaders and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) , ACE published "Harlem Treasures A Unique Guidebook to Harlem's Culture, Religion and History." In the guidebook, a three-year, 100-page effort, Harlem residents and insiders take visitors on a scenic tour delineating the rich history, diverse communities of worship, landmarks, restaurants, shops, markets, sights and sounds of their neighborhoods. The book will be on sale for $10 tonight at the Gospel Choir event, with proceeds going to ACE programs in the community.

The concert is co-sponsored by Asian Pacific Affairs Council, Office of the University Chaplain, and SIPA. Space is limited. Please RSVP to cu-ace@columbia.edu .

For additional information, please call: (212) 854-7562.

About Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI)

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI), founded in 1986, is a consortium of 90 congregations committed to improving the physical, economic, cultural and spiritual aspects of Harlem . The organization is involved in myriad community development initiatives, including housing, health, commercial development opportunities, youth and adult programs and cultural activities.

Published: Mar 31, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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