Combining a focus on Harlem and Upper Manhattan with socially engaged artistic practices, Harlem Biennale creates a platform for cultural production and dialogue on urgent issues for the local and global community.¬†It‚Äôs model for cultural production is based in community engagement and collaborations between local and international artists to create a space for¬†ongoing curatorial and educational programs, exhibitions, performances, and artist residencies culminating in the bi-annual event.
Harlem Biennale was founded in 2009 by a group of Harlem residents lead by artist Edward Hillel. Their vision is inspired by Harlem‚Äôs¬†rich history. With its traditions of welcoming the world‚Äôs diasporas and challenging social norms, as well as its prominence as a Black and Latino Mecca, Harlem is a natural platform for the future of innovative American art.
Harlem‚Äôs cultural vitality can¬†bring together diverse sectors into new dynamic partnerships and nourish future generations.¬†With Harlem Biennale‚Äôs focus on showcasing place and stimulating the international exchange of current arts practices, the contemporary art biennial is the ideal framework to launch a second sustainable Harlem Renaissance.
Harlem Biennale is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization as a partner program of the Fund for the City of New York.