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Sugar Hill Songbook: Select Work by Faith Ringgold

October 18, 2018–March 31, 2019
Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling

The exhibition showcases work attesting to Ringgold’s relationship with jazz, while also framing her longstanding commitment to social and political activism.

Exhibition: Betye Saar - Keepin' It Clean

January 12–May 27, 2019
New York Historical Society

Contemporary artist Betye Saar has shaped the development of assemblage art in the United States, particularly as a device to illuminate social and political concerns. A key figure in the Black Arts Movement and the feminist art movement of the 1960-70s, Saar’s distinct vision harmonizes the personal and the political. Over the years, Saar has transformed the representation of African Americans in American culture by recycling and reclaiming derogatory images such as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle Toms, sambos, and mammies to confront the continued racism in American society and create representations of strength and perseverance.

Keep the Music Playing: Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month, Duke Ellington's Birthday, Louis Armstrong and More!

February 27–April 29, 2019
First Corinthian Baptist Church

AS WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH, DUKE ELLINGTON'S BIRTHDAY, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, AND MORE!

Walking Tour - East Harlem - El Barrio: Where Art, Culture & Community Intersect

March 1–July 26, 2019
Harlem Streets & Boulevards

East Harlem – El Barrio is characterized by its murals, community gardens, casitas, and botanicas – a conglomeration of Puerto Rican, Mexican and Dominican influences of mostly working-class immigrants.

James Van Der Zee: Photographs 1920 -1950

March 7–April 27, 2019
Howard Greenberg Gallery

Spanning the 1920s through the 1950s, James Van Der Zee: Studio marks the photographer’s first exhibition in New York in over 15 years, providing a window into his legendary studio and the vast archive he created of Harlem’s cultural history.

2019 Women's Jazz Festival Week 3: Lakecia Benjamin

March 18, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Join us for a special evening with saxophonist and bandleader Lakecia Benjamin presenting "A Woman’s Perspective, We March On" as a part of her A Women's Perspective series, paying special tribute to Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson and Nina Simone

Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna: An Evening with Alessandra Belloni

March 19, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

Building on her years of study and performance, Belloni’s book opens a portal into the mysterious Black Madonna and the figure’s cultural significance in Southern Italy, France, Spain, and Brazil.

Uptown Nights: Wepa! Movement, Culture and Music - The Curtis Brothers and Circa '95

March 23, 2019
Harlem Stage

Harlem Stage and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) present a two part series of music and conversation celebrating the courageous and resilient Caribbean immigrants who traveled across land and sea and arrived in El Barrio, aka Spanish Harlem, seeking a bright future.

2019 Women's Jazz Festival Week 4: Closing Night!

March 25, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Closing night will be a celebration of the iconic "Great Day in Harlem" photo captured by Art Kane in 1958. The image featured jazz icons from Count Bassie to Sonny Rollins. Of the many women in the field, only three are present in the photo, band lead…

Film Screening : I Am Not Your Negro

March 27, 2019
Maison Francaise Columbia University

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck's brilliant documentary on racism in America is an essential work for our era, drawing a clear line from the Civil Rights struggle to today's Black Lives Matter movement via the thought of James Baldwin, one of the most lucid, fearless American thinkers on race (and many other matters).

Carnegie Hall Presents- Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

March 30, 2019
Carnegie Hall

Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran draw upon their own family lore and the historical record of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the south, to assemble tableaux that explore a continuum of music from rhythm and blues to gospel, classical to Broadway and work songs to rock ‘n’ roll.

The Sacred as Sanctuary: Spirituality, Culture, and the Human Experience

March 30, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

A Conversation with Elaine Pagels, Siddhartha Mukherjee and Jonathan Rose Followed by a performance by Jog Blues

Black Divas: Josephine Baker & Mary Lou Williams - Q&A Follows Screening

March 31, 2019
Teachers College - Columbia University

This month we're celebrating women behind the camera with our selection of films playing from Friday, March 29, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019. From showing off films by African Women directors Zara M. Yacoub & Khady Sylla to documentaries chronicling the lives of iconic musicians Josephine Baker and Mary Lou Williams, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

Music of the Great Migration Concert: Gospel, Spirituals, Blues & Jazz

March 31, 2019
Convent Avenue Baptist Church

This sojourn is widely known as The Great Migration; which greatly improved upon the African-American way of life and America's prosperity as a whole. Migration music includes a riveting blend of Negro Spirituals, gospel, blues, and jazz as Dr. Hopkins leads a talented ensemble of professional vocalists from the area.

School Day Live: Tapology: Embracing the Legacy

April 5, 2019
Apollo Theater

Tapology, pays tribute to the art of tap dancing with a show highlighting technique, style and history.

Stretch Music & Jazz Then and Now: Steve Turre Quintet

April 11, 2019
Harlem Stage

Jazz Then and Now is a conversation series, presented as part of the Stretch Music Residency that brings together innovative thought leaders in the field in dialogue on the history, the present and the future of jazz.

In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body

April 16, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

NBT will partner with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Carnegie Hall to present In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body. This one-day event examines the movement of the Black bodies in America and the impact that movement has had in the quest for liberation.

School Day Live: Rhythm & Blues Revue with the Michael-David Band

May 3, 2019
Apollo Theater

From the 1960s to the 21st century, Rhythm & Blues has reflected the political and cultural changes of the times and influenced the sounds of contemporary music such as funk, soul, and hip-hop. Join the Michael David Band as they highlight the contributions of early Rhythm & Blues pioneers such as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton and innovators like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and many others who performed at the Apollo Theater.

Exhibition: Augusta Savage - Renaissance Woman

May 3–July 28, 2019
New York Historical Society

Artist Augusta Savage (1892–1962) overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of America’s most influential 20th-century artists. Her sculptures celebrate African American culture, and her work as an arts educator, activist, and Harlem Renaissance leader catalyzed social change

Walking Tour - Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

May 11–June 8, 2019
Harlem Streets & Boulevards

The migration of southern African Americans to Harlem fostered a direct dialogue with immigrant African descendants from the Caribbean and the broader diaspora. At this time, Harlem was also the city’s second largest Jewish community. This proximity fostered black engagement with the area’s immigrant Eastern European/Russian Jews.

Spring Gala - #Disrupters: Then and Now in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

May 20, 2019
Harlem Stage

Our Annual Gala will build on the theme established last year, #DISRUPTERS: Then and Now in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a creative reaction to the countless racial and social crises currently plaguing our nation, and a moment to acknowledge the artists who refuse to take a back seat during these momentous times.

Performance: 125th & FREEdom Conceived, Choreographed & Directed by Ebony Noelle Golden

June 1–30, 2019
National Black Theatre

125th & FREEdom is a site-specific dance performance that takes the whole corridor of 125th street as a theatrical stage and explores the question: "If Harriet Tubman was alive today, how would she free black people?” 125th & FREEdom is comprised of 10 choreo-poetic rituals from the East River to the Hudson River