What is Harlem 100?
HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100: A Community Celebration, 2018 – 2020 is a community wide celebration
marking the landmark 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. This celebratory community
collaborative effort, spanning the next two years, is comprised of over 13 Harlem cultural institutions
who will be spearheading the celebration and the launching of an extended series of programs, events
and cultural activities. Beginning Fall 2018, HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100, will showcase the artists of
today while highlighting the artistic and creative energy and exuberance that became the nexus of
African-American cultural identity that served to make Harlem a world renown community.
The mission of HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100 is to celebrate and empower Harlem and its communities.
With that in mind, Harlem One Stop, the project convener and manager of HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100,
will facilitate and mobilize cultural assets, through strategic Harlem Cultural collaborative partnerships,
to create and coordinate programming which explores and celebrates the impact of the Harlem
Renaissance. HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100’s goal is to bring forward and contemporize through cultural
activities, programs, events and technology, the parallels of Harlem’s history and community. Harlem,
for example, offers comparisons from ragtime to rap, or from Ella Fitzgerald swing and be-bop to Doug E
Fresh beat box and hip-hop. Harlem art ranges from Harlem Renaissance and WPA artists to the art of
graffiti and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100 sets a path to bolster Harlem’s legacy for future generations and to draw
together historic preservation, cultural identity, and community empowerment as a generator of local
and visitor engagement. Our main focus is to thematically link programming across the creative and
cultural spectrum of visual and performing arts, music, dance, and literature that mark significant “100”
year benchmarks between then and now.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND FACILITATORS: The uptown cultural community is invited to participate and
contribute to programming beginning Fall 2018 through Fall 2020. Possible events or programs could
include, but are not limited to: Music \ Theatre \ Art Exhibition \ Paint & Sip \ Dance \ Spoken Word \
Literature and/or Children’s Workshop & Performance. Should you have an interest in joining us, please
email the planning committee at HARLEM@harlem100.org or if you would like to discuss by telephone,
call Yuien Chin at 212-939-9201.
INITIAL HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100 PLANNING COMMITTEE
Harlem Cultural Collaborative*
City College Center for the Arts, Gregory Shanck
Columbia University Gov. & Community Affairs, Shaba Keyes
Council member Mark Levine’s Office
Dyckman Farmhouse, Meredith Horsford
Harlem One Stop, Yuien Chin (Convener/Facilitator)
Harlem Opera Theater, Carol Brown
Harlem Shakespeare Festival, Debra Ann Byrd
Harlem Stage, Monique Martin
Hostelling International, Emily Gallagher & Benjamin Puterbaugh
Jazz Mobile, Robin Bell-Stevens
Manhattan Borough President’s Office, Athena Moore
Morningside Alliance, Jenn Beiser
John Reddick | Historic Preservation & Cultural Historian
Romare Bearden Foundation, Diedra Harris Kelley
Studio Museum of Harlem, Alana Bass
*Extended list of Cultural Collaborative partners in formation.