Caribbean Cultural Center Gets New 5,000-Square-Foot Space in East Harlem

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), the multidisciplinary institution in New York City founded nearly five decades ago, just signed a 49-year lease for a new cultural center in East Harlem. To be located at 201 East 125th Street near its longtime home, the physical site will provide the organization an additional 5,000 square feet to further its mission of bringing together members of the African diaspora through art, music, and community.

Blue-Collar Workers Make the Leap to Tech Jobs, No College Degree Necessary

As the labor market reorders, more Americans are making the leap from blue-collar jobs and hourly work to “new collar” roles that often involve tech skills and come with better pay and schedules. More than a tenth of Americans in low-paying roles in warehouses, manufacturing, hospitality and other hourly positions made such a switch during the past two years, according to new research from Oliver Wyman, a management consulting firm that surveyed 80,000 workers world-wide between August 2020 and

Harlem theater company’s leader plays many roles in helping it expand

In the summer of 2015, a New York Times reviewer wrote that the Classical Theatre’s performance of The Tempest in Marcus Garvey Park was “energizing” and beautiful if uneven and turned the park into a paradise for a night. That summer the Public Theatre also did The Tempest, and Jones said he felt his show had entered the conversation with an institution several times its size. His team expanded, and he is now the producing artistic director as well as an actor in some productions. The budget f

Developer Plans 144K SF on Harlem’s 125th Street

The rush to add housing to Harlem has another entrant. Developer Mark Irgang filed plans with the Department of Buildings to construct an approximately 144,000-square-foot building at 35 West 125th Street, Crain’s reported. The 195-foot-tall building would include 21 stories with 162 residential units. Irgang filed plans last month to demolish the two-story commercial structure at the address, Crain’s reported. The timeline for both the demolition and the development of the forthcoming mixed-u

ArtCrawl Harlem exhibit ignites inspiration for overcoming obstacles

NEW YORK – A new art exhibit is celebrating Harlem's history and influence on culture. A variety of visions and styles come together at "Fire & Soul 2022: We're Still Harlem", inspiring art lovers to overcome. "We often talk about some of the troubles and difficulty," said Saundra Heath, the Heath Gallery's director and co-curator for the exhibit. "We don't often talk about how we get through it, so this is what this exhibition is intended to do." Ten artists were selected to display their wor

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards $1.3M to 255 Artists and Arts Orgs

New York’s Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) will distribute over $1.3 million in grants to 255 Manhattan-based artists and arts organizations during 2022. In an announcement this week, LMCC also named 18 artists in residence at its new Arts Center on Governors Island. The LMCC grants are administered through three programs: Creative Engagement, Creative Learning, and UMEZ Arts Engagement. Funding for these grants comes from New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), New York

UMEZ Arts Engagement

UMEZ Arts Engagement is a grant program designed to enhance the diversity and frequency of arts and cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan. The program provides direct support for these activities to Upper Manhattan’s artists and nonprofit arts organizations under the guiding principle that support for artists of diverse disciplines, practices, cultural backgrounds, and career stages contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. UMEZ Arts Engagement invites proposals from artists and arts organizations that are 1) based in Upper Manhattan and 2) presenting arts projects or programming serving Upper Manhattan between January 1–December 31, 2022.