Videos from Harlem Arts Festival
A visual artist talks about her women-centered graffiti work and the barriers to entering the art world as a Black woman.
An actor, writer and producer talks identity and separating performance from reality in theatre, as he performs in his one-man show, Last Laugh.
A choreographer talks dancing with Alvin Ailey and forming her own studio to make dance more accessible.
A Grammy-winning singer, producer and musician talks working with Ne-Yo and art as self-expression.
A step team integrates energetic spoken word and rhythmic movement to engage with their audience.
A jazz harpist talks about being introduced to music through her church, and the influence of other harp players like Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby, Casper Reardon and Daphne Hellman.
A creator uses her family history in her art, and brings lost stories to life by incorporating found objects in her work and giving them value.
Billy Dean Thomas
A Harlem musician, hiphop and spoken word artist talks reinvention, striving to be a better person, and performing on the same stage as Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder.
A dancer and choreographer talks about how movement was a way to break out of her shell and express herself, and the value of self-care.
The first cultural ambassador for hiphop talks about how the genre was born from an amalgamation of rock and jazz.
A former touring bassist for Beyonce and singer-songwriter talks finding inspiration in poet/activist June Jordan, and encouraging women and girls to find their voices and express themselves.
A professor at Berklee College of Music performs as a hiphop artist and DJ, and talks about leaving his legacy through music.
Zulu King Slone
A street artist talks being inducted into the Graffiti Hall of Fame, being honored Afrika Bambaataa, and working as the creative director for the Zulu Nation.
A singer-songwriter from Arizona talks finding inspiration in Fiona Apple and Lauryn Hill and staying true to her music.
What does it take to be a part of Harlem’s Arts Festival? Every year, artists are given the opportunity to apply for a chance to participate in the Harlem Arts Festival. HAF’s Artist Selection Committee selects each artist through an application process.
Want to get involved in Harlem Arts Festival? An event as big as HAF needs multiple helping hands. Every year, volunteer opportunities are offered for the festival. Whether you are good with technology, medical response, or a professional greeter, the volunteer opportunities are endless with HAF. Busy on the day of the festival? You can also contribute to HAF through one-time or monthly donations, to keep the arts alive in Harlem.