The Harlem Project 2019

The Harlem Project 2019

The Harlem project

The Harlem Project, first initiated in 2016, takes place each year in and around Harlem. The project brings together professional and community performers to work with Artistic Director Matthew Westerby and culminating in a free performance on the stage of the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park (Harlem).

The project has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Creative Engagement grant since 2016, and by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone's Arts Engagement grant since 2018.

The project brings together professional dancers and participants from the Dunlevy-Milbank Center of the Children's Aid Society (Harlem), Ballet & Beyond NYC (Manhattan), Covenant Ballet Theatre (Brooklyn) and children from the Bronx, as well as an apprentice ensemble of high school and college-age dancers.

This year the Project will bring together over 60 performers for the final culminating performance in Marcus Garvey Park on Tuesday August 13 at 5:30pm. The performance will include a visual art design by artist Marc Boone, and the event will also feature a pre-show DJ, a Family Zumba Pop-Up Class and art-making! Also look out for Pop-Up performances around Harlem during the summer.


Tuesday July 9th - 6.45pm at Eugene McCabe Field (121st & Park Avenue)

Saturday August 3rd - 1.30 & 2.30pm at the Duke Ellington Monument (110th & 5th Avenue)

Sunday August 4th - 1.30 & 2.30pm at the Frederick Douglass Monument (110th & Frederick Douglass Boulevard)

Wednesday August 7th - 11.30am at the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance’s Children’s Reading Circle (123rd & Mt. Morris Park West)

Friday August 9th - 5pm & 5.30pm - Uptown Grand Central (125th & Park Avenue)

Saturday August 10th - 1.30pm & 2.30pm in Marcus Garvey Park

Sunday August 11th - 1.30pm & 2.30pm in Marcus Garvey Park

Thanks so much for partnering with our kids for your project over the past years. It’s not too often that they get to perform in spaces that aren’t gyms, so it’s been really special having them on a stage and in a local park! I’ve really enjoyed working with you and your team and I truly appreciate your dedication to working with our kids!

Our funders

The Harlem Project is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The Harlem Project is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. UMEZ enhances the economic vitality of all communities in Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments, and small business assistance. LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.