It’s here! This is what MAKESHIFT has always been about for me. Everyone involved in production was 21 or under. We pulled together our strengths and collective desire to create to make something amazing. I’m deeply proud of this moment, and I hope to embark on many more projects like this in the future.
The Harlem Biennale, as founded in 2009 by a group of Harlem residents, is an organization that wears many hats.It draws from and seeks to add to the cultural vitality of New York’s Upper Manhattan.All of HB’s programs keep in mind Harlem’s roots as a 20th century Mecca for African-American, African, Caribbean, and Latin Diasporas. Art and arts programming is thought of conceptually as a tool to produce knowledge as well as mediate divisions of ideologies, nationalities, races, and classes, both within the city of New York and universally.As a result, a series of thought provoking programs and exhibitions have been laid out for the 2011 year.All of which will culminate in a bi-annual event now slotted for May 2012.HB2012 will bring together artists, curators, educators, and the public to connect with the history and geography of Harlem and explore culturally relevant themes and issues.
The Harlem Biennale will be kicking off its first set of programs with a lecture series.Author Jonathon Gill, who in his newly released book has written extensively on the history of Harlem, will be speaking at different locations throughout the city.For more information on his lecture, “HARLEM: The Four-hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America”, visit www.harlembiennale.org or write to firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the mailing list and receive information on all upcoming events.