The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance was formed in 2000 with a mission to make the park a safe and inviting place for community residents. Working with New York City Parks and community partners the Alliance has improved playgrounds, green spaces and restored the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater. Working collaboratively with the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association and community stakeholders the iconic fire watchtower that stood atop of the mountain of Manhattan Schist in the center of the park since 1857 is currently being restored and will return to it’s original site.
The Alliance has evolved over the years into a community advocacy organization and the mission has expanded beyond the borders of Marcus Garvey Park. Arts and cultural events became ongoing programming initiatives to support public art and performances in the community and educational programming was added.
Alliance sponsored cultural programming like Dance Harlem and the Film Festival have successfully filled the seats of the Richard Rodgers amphitheater while celebrating the creative culture that Harlem is famous for.
In 2015 the public art initiative was formed to encourage artists, curators and cultural partners to propose public art installations for sites throughout Harlem.
It is with gratitude to the Harlem Community Development Corporation that the Alliance is able to play a supportive role and support the arts in our community.
In 2014 the Alliance installed two little free libraries in Marcus Garvey Park and created the Reading Circle. Partnering with nearby day care centers volunteers, children’s book authors, local musicians and artists gather on the passive lawn and read to children from the neighborhood. To date over 5,000 books have been distributed to the children and their families.
Everyone is invited to get involved, volunteer and become a member of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.
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331 bags of leaves! 40 Volunteers On Sunday December 4, 2016 volunteer members of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, New York Road Runners and the Central Park Conservancy filled 331 large garbage bags with leaves. The Central Park Conservancy is … Continue reading
Thursday December 8, 2016 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm This is a family friendly event and the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center is wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 6pm
The Leaves Have Fallen Volunteers are needed and your help would be appreciated. Join the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and the Central Park Conservancy on Sunday December 4, 2016 9am – 12 pm. We will meet at the Fifth Avenue … Continue reading
We believe in celebrating and preserving the creative culture that Harlem is famous for. In 2016 the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance sponsored in part or in full 27 public art installations with the funds going directly to the artists and … Continue reading
Public Art Initiative 2016 The Public Art Initiative is an ongoing program created by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance to support artists and cultural organizations who would like to exhibit in public spaces in neighborhoods throughout Harlem and Northern … Continue reading
DNA Totem, Suprina, 2016 On view March 26, 2016 – September 30, 2016 Join the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Harlem based artist Suprina at the site of the DNA Totem in Marcus Garvey Park for a final view of … Continue reading