A staple of the New York City community for over three decades, Harlem Stage has rapidly grown to become the premiere performing arts center incubating the avant-garde and championing opportunity. By taking risks as a venue for diverse artistic talents and educational resource for local school aged children, Harlem Stage continues to invest in its community and the world.
Time Warner Foundation is pleased to partner with Harlem Stage in support of its groundbreaking program, WaterWorks. The critically acclaimed series of commissions is known for supporting innovative artists from production to presentation for commitments of up to three years. Since the beginning of the Foundation’s partnership with Harlem Stage, the company has produced the ambitious Can I Get a Witness by Meshell Ndegeocello. In addition to the artistic feat of this show, the theatre expanded its humanities education programs to engage audiences in the creative process and inform them of relevant, significant social issues. The new work development process at Harlem Stage, including a multi-day residency, masterclass with the artists, and educational performances, is unique in its immediate ties to the community.
Harlem Stage provides access and visibility, two concepts vital to the development of art and the sustainment of an honest and representative cultural conversation. Projected works are contemplative, challenging, explorative, beautiful in unique ways, ugly in important ways and, most importantly, new. By supporting the extended term commissions, Time Warner Foundation and Harlem Stage have given opportunity to such talents as Tony Award-winning Bill T. Jones and MacArthur Fellow, Vijay Iyer. Expect many more brilliant artists to join their ranks through this platform.
For more information on Harlem Stage, please visit their website: http://harlemstage.org/