MEDIA CONTACT:Flo Wiley, PR Manager(212) 459 - 1854
For Immediate Release: May 11, 2009
DWYER CULTURAL CENTER
HARLEM’S NEWEST CULTURAL DESTINATION
OPENS JUNE 16 WITH WEEKLONG SERIES OF EVENTS
New York City’s First Multi-Media Arts Institution Devoted Exclusively to Harlem’s Culture, Tradition and History
New York, NY (May 11, 2009) – The Dwyer Cultural Center (DCC) opens to the public with a week of activities that begin on Tuesday June 16 and continue through Monday, June 22, 2009. The Dwyer Cultural Center, the newest addition to Harlem’s cultural landscape, is a multi-media cultural destination dedicated to preserving, celebrating and documenting Harlem’s history and traditions through exhibitions, performances, workshops and public programs for intergenerational audiences. Located at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue in the landmark 19th century Dwyer Warehouse Loft Condominium building, the 7,000 square-foot DCC acts as a laboratory for emerging and established Harlem artists and artists of color to create and present their works, and for the development of educational programming that serves students in Harlem and citywide. The Dwyer is the home of Community Works’ harlem is… exhibition series as well as the headquarters of the International Communications Association (ICA). Under the leadership of co-directors Barbara Horowitz and Voza Rivers, this groundbreaking partnership builds on a ten-year history of collaboration presenting innovative, award-winning programs and events citywide.
The programming for Opening Week at the Dwyer Cultural Center include the introduction of the Harlem Nights performance event with a special Black Music Month Salute to Jazz, Latin and Blues; the debut of Saturdays at the Dwyer , a daytime “open house” series designed for families to experience a full day of concurrent arts events and programs such as live performances, hands-on workshops, and guided exhibition tours conducted by local Harlem legends, scholars and artists; the presentation of the Roger Furman Reading Series @ The Dwyer, a 45th anniversary tribute to New York City’s oldest non profit theatre, The New Heritage Theatre Group; the unveiling of the remounted harlem is …MUSIC exhibition with its new multimedia components that include a debut screening of the harlem is…MUSIC documentary; the opening of the exhibition Harlem Sewn Up: Quilted Reflections of a Community, and the unveiling of the permanent installation of a new work by artist Ademola Olugebefola, Renaissance Pyramid: New Dawn. All Opening Week events are free and open to the public. However, Reservations are Required and can be made at either 212 459 1854 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DCC Opening Week Events:
Harlem Nights -- Tuesday, June 16, 7pm
harlem is… MUSIC: The Jazz Tradition
Honoring Craig Harris, Renowned Jazz Musician and Composer
Live performance by Craig Harris’ Nation of Imagination Ensemble
Dialogue with Craig Harris, Robert O’Meally, Columbia University Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Amsterdam News jazz journalist Ron Scott
Harlem Nights -- Thursday, June 18, 7pm
harlem is… MUSIC: The Latin Tradition
Honoring Graciela, The First Lady of Latin Music
Live performance by Harbor Latin Youth Ensemble
Dialogue with Graciela, Juan Flores, NYU Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis in Latino Studies, Miriam Jimenez Roman, NYU Visiting Scholar in Africana Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, and folklorist Elena Martinez
Harlem Nights -- Friday, June 19, 7pm
harlem is… MUSIC: The Blues Tradition
Honoring Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Acclaimed Actress and Blues Legend.
Live performances by “ladies of the blues,” Ghanniyyah Green, Lady Cantrese and LeeOlive Tucker
Moderated talk with Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Professor Farah Griffin, Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and blues historian/writer Gregory Thomas.
Saturdays at the Dwyer -- Saturday June 20 1pm-5pm
OPEN HOUSE -- Free to public
Featuring performances, workshops and talks by:
Craig Harris, jazz musician and composer
Keith “The Captain” Gamble, blues vocalist and guitarist
James Stovall, veteran Harlem actor and Broadway performer
Harlem’s Impact Repertory Theatre
Local Harlem Tap Dancers
All Star Harlem Jazz Trio
harlem is... ART with quilters from the Harlem Sewn Up exhibition
Youth Performers from Community Works Making a Difference program: P.S. 149, P.S. 154, and P.S. 242
Council Member Inez Dickens provides funding for the premiere and inaugural year of Saturdays at the Dwyer under contract with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.
Monday June 22 7pm
The Roger Furman Reading Series @ The Dwyer
Saluting the 45th anniversary of the New Heritage Theatre Group
Entitled written by Esther Armah, directed by Petronia Paley. A prominent fashion magazine called Entitled explodes when a white editor declares that the hairstyles of two Black employees are inappropriate.
Dwyer Events beyond Opening Weekend: Art Exhibitions at the Dwyer
Harlem is… MUSIC, June 2009 – January 2010
Trace Harlem’s unrivaled musical tradition through the historical development of eight distinct genres: classical, blues, gospel, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, R&B, fusion and rap/hip hop. Large-scale portraits, audio clips and video montages help tell the stories of remarkable musical legends and institutions, all through the uniquely observant eyes of New York City public school students. Even the most learned audiences are guaranteed to discover something new!
Harlem Sewn Up: Quilted Reflections of a Community, June -- October 2009
Curated by Laura Gadson
Experience the incredible work of a group of artists who use thread and fabric dynamically to vocalize their insights and views. These “fiber griots” tell a variety of uptown tales through their reflections of the past, their commentary on the now, and their bright hopes for the future. Artists included are Bisa Butler, Adrienne Cruz, Michael Cummings, Ife Felix, Laura R. Gadson, Myrah Brown Green, Diane Pryor Holland, Dindga McCannon, Faith Ringgold, and the Harlem Girls Quilting Circle.
Funding for the opening weekend and inaugural year of the Dwyer Cultural Center has been made possible by the following: 258 St. Nicholas LLC, American Express, Bank of America, Booth Ferris Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Con Edison, Cross Construction LLC, Department of Citywide Administrative Services NYC, Empire State Development Corporation, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Harlem Urban Development Corporation, The Emily Davis and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, New York City Council, New York City Council Members Inez E. Dickens and Robert Jackson, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Assembly Member Keith L. T. Wright, New York State Senator Bill Perkins, Office of Congressman Charles B. Rangel, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.
About Community Works
Community Works is a city-wide nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to building bridges between cultures and neighborhoods through the discovery and sharing of community stories. Founded 18 years ago by Barbara Horowitz, Community Works has served more than 3 million people through acclaimed exhibitions, performances, and workshops in all five boroughs. Its signature program model, Making a Difference, honors specific communities by collecting and presenting oral histories and creating platforms for civic dialogue through the arts. The award-wining harlem is… was the very first Making a Difference program.
About International Communications Association (ICA)
International Communications Association (ICA) a Harlem based not-for-profit organization, founded in 1989 by Ademola Olugebefola, Cliff Frazier, Ellis Haizlip, Lester Hyatt and Voza Rivers to train minorities, women and others in the media industry. ICA engages in public programs and dialogues with people of diverse cultures and is dedicated to linking them through the arts.
PRESS: To confirm your coverage for opening week events, on DCC, to arrange interviews or obtain photographs contact Flo Wiley, DCC PR Manager at email@example.com or 212-459-1854. Dwyer Cultural Center is located at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue and West 123rd Street, between Frederick Douglass. Blvd. and St. Nicholas Avenue; the entrance is on West 123rd Street. # # #