Community-Driven Programs

Community Advisory Network, August 2017.
Photo: Henry Murphy

Community-Driven Programs

Community Advisory Network, August 2017.
Photo: Henry Murphy

With a renewed and expanded commitment to community engagement, the Museum collaborates with a diversity of cultural partners to present community-responsive projects that deeply engage local audiences where they are. Over the next few years, the Museum is working to deepen our local roots through inHarlem, a dynamic set of collaborative programs in our neighborhood. As the Museum prepares to construct our new home in our current location, we are excited to work with a variety of partner and satellite locations in Harlem, including New York Public Library branches, Maysles Cinema, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and more to continue our groundbreaking exhibitions, thought-provoking conversations, and engaging art-making workshops.

Community Advisory Network
As the Studio Museum looks ahead to our 50th anniversary and building project, we seek to strengthen our roots in the local community, and both broaden and deepen our public service. An integral component to achieving these goals, the Studio Museum’s Community Advisory Network is a cohort of local residents, teachers, parents, and representatives from social service providers and community-based organizations in Harlem. Through quarterly convenings, we engage our neighbors in exploring dynamic ways that the Museum can continue to serve as a vital resource for this diverse and ever-evolving community. Click here for more information on the Community Advisory Network.

The Harlem Semester
The Museum is pleased to partner with the Barnard Center for Research on Women each year on the Harlem Semester, an ambitious public humanities initiative that teaches Harlem’s diverse, cultural legacy through participatory learning. Siting faculty instruction within some of Harlem’s most vibrant cultural organizations—including, the Apollo, Harlem Stage, the Schomburg, the National Black Theatre and the Studio Museum—the initiative deeply engages the Studio Museum’s history, providing students with site-specific curricula and access to staff, archives, resources, and programs. Under our Studio Lab model, students are joined by alumni of our Artist-in-Residence program who lend their unique understanding of contemporary art practices as well.

Special Projects
Special projects enable the Museum to strengthen the impact of our mission by welcoming artistic particles outside of or adjacent to visual art. Past projects include ekphrastic poetry readings, dance and movement-based interventions, and musical responses to art. By exchanging cultural services with renowned cultural organizations whose expertise differs from our own, we are able to engage in polyvocal conversations and provide evolving and innovative platforms for discussion, engagement, and learning.

Studio Lab
Studio Lab is a testing ground for interdisciplinary practice that invites scholars, students, museum staff and Artist-in-Residence alumni to engage in thematic, month-long residencies inspired by seminal moments in art history. This dynamic platform encourages participation, experimentation, and open exchange in the sharing of best practices and ideas across disciplines and fields of cultural study.

Uptown Fridays!
Uptown Fridays!
is a series of dance parties that take place each summer! A local favorite, this all-ages event draws in audiences from all over the world and includes free guided tours, drink specials, and three hours of non-stop dancing and celebration.



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