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Columbia Participates in Exhibit Celebrating the Living History of Harlem

A landmark public art and education project of Community Works known as harlem is… will celebrate the 30 th anniversary of Harlem Week with nine installations throughout Upper Manhattan, including one at Columbia University.

Columbia University will be the site of harlem is … Writers & Educators, which features author Rosa Guy; historian Yosef ben-Jochannan; educator Lorraine Monroe; and writer and educator Albert Murray.

The multimedia, intergenerational living-history program harlem is … documents Harlem's distinct cultural and historical importance and vibrancy and is geared for New York City public school students. The program honors community members whose dynamic lives and meaningful works have helped to shape and define the character of the world-famous Harlem community. harlem is … was first mounted in early 2003 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem.

This year's harlem is … is the first step toward realizing Community Works' vision of bringing the program to all five New York City boroughs and, ultimately, presenting it across the country as an effective model for uplifting and strengthening communities.

As part of the harlem is … program, Harlem Week attendees will receive maps identifying the location of each installation. In traveling from one historic location to the next, attendees will learn about Harlem's unique heroes, culture and history.

A July 29 kick-off event will feature a panel discussion of activism in Harlem.

The nine components of harlem is … and their locations throughout August are listed below:


harlem is … Writers & Educators

Columbia University Low Library
535 W. 116th St. at Broadway
(212) 854-1754

harlem is ... Activism

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St.
(212) 534-1672

harlem is … Community Builders

2481 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. at 144th St.
(212) 459-1854

harlem is … Dance

Aaron Davis Hall
W. 135th St. and Convent Ave.
(212) 650-6900

harlem is … The Gospel

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd. at 135th St.
(212) 491-2200

harlem is … The Grand Timeline

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.
(212) 316-7540

harlem is ... Latin Roots: East Harlem

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St.
(212) 831-7272

harlem is … Music & Visual Arts

Harlem School of the Arts
645 St. Nicholas Ave. at 141st St.
(212) 926-4100 ext. 300

harlem is … The Performing Arts

The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Dr. at 120th St.
(212) 870-6700

For further information about harlem is …, to arrange youth and other group tours, and to obtain a schedule of special events, contact Community Works at (212) 459-1854 or visit http://www.communit yworksnyc.org.

Published: July 28, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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