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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