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Saturday Panels
Harlem Visions
November 21, 2009

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Please join Edward Hillel, Isaac Diggs and friends of the Harlem Biennale for a day of discussion, live performances and the viewing of photographs, films and art that displays the aesthetic of jazz as practiced over time in Harlem. Filmmaker and photographer Edward Hillel is founder of the Harlem Heritage Documentary Project, which is in the process of documenting contemporary Harlem through photography and film. He is also an active community spokesperson in the present discussion on zoning, land-marking and the future of Harlem. Isaac Diggs is a photographer and an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts. Educated at Bard, Columbia, and Oxford, Mr. Diggs has had solo exhibitions of his work in New York, Philadelphia and Tokyo.

The Harlem Biennale, current under the artistic directorship of Mr. Hillel, is slated to take place every two years from March to June, starting in 2010. During this period, local, national, and international artists will present contemporary art (visual, theater, dance and multidisciplinary) including indoor and outdoor exhibitions, site-specific installations, performances and educational seminars, in public and private spaces, historic buildings and new developments, museums and cultural institutions, street-corners, parks and unutilized land, throughout Harlem. The Harlem Biennale will strive to act as a catalyst for the new Harlem Renaissance and the city’s zoning plans for 125th Street, bringing money to be spent in Harlem and Upper Manhattan through cultural tourism, private-public partnerships, and private investment. The project includes a year-round educational component, placing established artists to work with students in the area’s public schools. The event creates collaborations and economic affiliations between local and international institutions. It connects Harlem to a global circuit of arts biennales and brings renewed attention to Upper Manhattan. The Harlem Biennale intends to train the local population to fill between 5-100 sustainable local jobs through each edition of the event.

Issac Diggs, Guillermo E. Brown, Jason Marshall, Edward Hillel
Michael Unthank
(L) Beatrice Sibblies

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