Upcoming Events in Marcus Garvey Park, Jazzmobile, El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival, Lena Horne at 100, Dance Harlem, Imagenation Film Festival

Marcus Garvey Park Farmers Market, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and every Saturday through Thanksgiving – 

An outdoor market on the extended sidewalk along the perimeter of Marcus Garvey Park. Corner of Mount Morris Park West and 124th Street

The Marcus Garvey Park Farmers Market is organized by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance creating a lively neighborhood market with 10+ vendors offering fresh food options and artisanal products made in Harlem. New vendors are being added weekly with Harlem made and Artisanal  products. You can find us on the extended sidewalk area along the perimeter of Marcus Garvey Park near the corner of Mount Morris Park West (Fifth Avenue) and 124th Street

Poets on the lawn                                                         Wednesday August 30, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Northeast lawn, enter at East 124th Street between Fifth and Madison,                  Bring a blanket.  Spoken word performances Curated by Paul McIntosh 

Def Poetry Jam Alum Kraal “Kayo” Charles

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Featuring Iyabo Ibo Mandingo and Elisabet Velasquez with performances by a new generation of poets, Parlay and vocalist Victoria Awogbemi 

Kraal “Kayo” Charles, a Brooklyn native, is a performer, playwright, and producer. He has traveled extensively around the globe to be featured on stage, television, radio, and film. Kayo began his career on New York City’s poetry slam scene, becoming the youngest Grand Slam Champion at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café in 1998. His success translated to the masses as he was the first poet ever to present to audiences of millions at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square.  He is one of the original performers of Russell Simmons’ presents Def Poetry Jam on HBO and has performed in over two hundred learning and cultural institutions across the nation.

IYABA IBO MANDINGO – painter, poet, writer, actor and playwright – is a native of Antigua, West Indies, who came to the United States in 1980 as a young boy.  His earliest exposure to the arts were through his mother, a trained singer, and his grandparents, a tailor and a seamstress who first introduced him to colors and patterns, paving a path to the many ways of expression; drawing, painting, sculpting, writing and performing.  Iyaba studied fine arts at Southern Connecticut State University and today teaches in and around the tri-state area as a Master Teaching Artist.

Iyaba has appeared regularly as a performance poet in venues across the United States and abroad, including Nuyorican Poetry Café, Brooklyn Moon, and Next Door Café among others in the NY area and was the keynote performer at the 2011 Westchester, NY Poetry Festival. In 2015 he embarked on his first African tour bringing his 1Man play “unFRAMED”, his first novel “Sins of My Fathers” and his poetry to South Africa and Nigeria.

Elisabet Velasquez is a Puerto Rican writer from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her work has been nominated for Best Of The Net. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including NBC, Huffington Post, Muzzle, Latina, Now This and Vibe Magazine among others. She is a 2017 Poets House Fellow VONA alum and the author of the chapbook PTSD. You can find her online at ElisabetVelasquez.com

Parlay is a New York based Spoken Word Artist who has performed extensively throughout New York City including the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe.

Victoria Awogbemi, An African American teenager from Nigeria who loves to compose her own music. Victoria will perform two original songs: Show me love and Black lives matter.

This event is organized by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in celebration of the extension of the Reading Circle program to include 3 little free libraries. Come see the new library designed by Harlem based artist Susan Stair . Susan created mosaics depicting scenes from Marcus Garvey Park including the Drummers Circle and the Fire Watchtower on the outside panels of the new library. Clay impressions were taken of trees in the park and will adorn the post that supports the library. The new library is installed on the East side of the park near the East 124th Street entrance. Special thanks to Urban Innovations and the AHRC Fischer Center our community partners, helping us keep our Little Free Libraries in Marcus Garvey Park filled with books year round. If you have a book that you think a neighbor would enjoy reading we are accepting donations of new and gently used books for children and adults. Book donations in small amounts can be deposited in the libraries at any time. For large donations please email marcusgarveyparkalliance@gmail.com.


Imagenation Outdoors – Sunday September 9th – Black Girl Magic! Music Natasha Digs, Film The Fits

Celebrating the Super flyness of Black Women & Girls


The Fits

Director by Anna Rose Holmer, 72 min., USA

A dreamy exploration of girlhood, The Fits follows An 11-year-old tomboy as she tries to fit in with her peers after joining an all-girl dance team.

MUSIC: Natasha Diggs (DJ)

Natasha Digs

About Natasha Diggs

For well over a decade NATASHA DIGGS has been digging deeper to provide the soundscape for parties across the globe in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Prague, Los Angeles and Berlin. As resident of New York City’s premiere all-vinyl 45 party, Mobile Mondays!, Diggs has become a force to be reckoned with and one of the most sought-after DJs in the world. Whether she’s playing all vinyl or Serato, Natasha’s deep knowledge of music has enabled her to rock diverse crowds around the globe and on any given night her sets might dip into hip hop, soul, funk, latin, rock, house, reggae, afro-brazilian, disco, and beyond. Natasha has played alongside or opened for artists such as Erykah Badu, Mark Ronson, Grandmaster Flash, Just Blaze, Dam Funk, The Pharcyde, Rakim, Slum Village, Foreign Exchange, Kenny Dope, 45 King, Cut Chemist, Spinderella, DJ Scratch, Prince Paul, DJ Spinna, DJ Muro, and many more.

 Live Performances: The film is preceded by performances by deejay Natasha Diggs, the Uptown Dance Academy, as well as live music programmed by Injoy Enterprises, featuring an all female band led by drummer extraordinaire Camille Gainer Jones with performances from independent artists Abby Dobson, Claudia Hayden, Toni Ann Semple, Vivian Sessoms, Aiyana Smash and more!

​Coming in September, 

The Marcus Garvey Alliance presents an extended series of public art installations and cultural performances celebrating the creative culture that Harlem is famous for.

Thursday September 14 – Lena Horne at 100 Birthday Celebration in collaboration with Jazzmobile and Musa Jackson Productions.

LENA SEPT 14Friday September 15 – Main Stage concert

Mambo Legends 22 piece Orchestra in collaboration with Jazzmobile and the El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival



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East Harlem at Play: A Mural in White Park, 2017 Giannina  Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano and Jeremy Vega

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Presented by NYC Parks Art in the Parks and the Public Art Initiative a program created by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. This  mural installation is produced in partnership with Friends of White Park and Friends of Art Park Alliance with funding provided by the Fund for Public Health NYC on behalf of the Department of Health

The artists will be on site for two weeks in the beginning of September painting the mural and invite you to pass by and watch the progress. White Park is located on East 106th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue.

Atlas: The Third Millennium, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 2017

On View September 2017 to August 2018 Marcus Garvey Park 

Atlas is a monumental Steel sculpture standing 14′ tall.  The installation was created to symbolically represent the magnificent multiplicity of Harlem, the cross-section through time of stellar individuals who have called Harlem their home and those who continue to live, work and contribute to its cultural vibrancy. It symbolizes a “universe” of stars that celebrates actors, writers, composers, musicians, painters, sculptors, educators, historians, activists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. They are among many who have emerged from this community and serve as vital inspiration to resolve present day challenges through their commonalities in history and purpose for the benefit of its neighbors and our city at large. Atlas pays homage to and revitalizes the resilience and endowment of all daughters and sons of Harlem.

Presented by NYC Parks Art in the Parks and the Public Art Initiative a program created by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance 

Friday September 22 – Dance Harlem – Produced by Valerie Bradley

The Pelham Fritz Recreation Center is bringing the indoors out and the outdoors in.

9.9.17 PF Family and Friends Reunion

Saturday September 23, 5 pm – 8 pm

9 23 17 MG Night of Jazz and Swing


Sunday, September 24th 2017 noon – 6pm, The Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park



Saturday October 7, 5 pm – 9 pm

10 7 17 ACF Dance the Night Away Swing Pelham Fritz


About mgpalliance

President of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. The original founder of the Alliance Val Bradley serves as the vice president. The 9 member all volunteer board advocates for the community and our mission extends beyond the borders of Marcus Garvey Park.
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