Dust off your walking shoes! The Harlem Arts Stroll, produced by Calabar Gallery, is back with two strolls during the month of September. The strolls will take you from 110th Street to 155th Street ~ do part of it; do all of it.
The Harlem Arts Stroll relaunches the second week of September with two editions: a Thursday After-Work Edition from 5pm to 8pm, and a Saturday Edition from 1pm to 6pm featuring 9 Harlem Galleries and 2 coffee shops + a special mural stop at Paul Deo’s ‘Planet Harlem’.
The Stroll, conceived by Atim Annette Oton, Director and Curator of Calabar Gallery, first launched in 2017 as an innovative collaboration of galleries, art spaces and businesses focused on bringing visitors to Harlem and residents to see art in this unique neighborhood. The relaunch, according to Oton, is to show the diversity of galleries and art in Harlem, bring people back to all the fabulous businesses, increase foot traffic lost from COVID-19 and most importantly, remind people that Harlem is an art destination.
Twenty-one businesses and organizations are participating in the relaunch. For Sandra Alexis Heath, “The Harlem Arts Stroll is a great way to introduce art lovers to several ‘best kept secret’ cultural gems that make up Harlem’s vibrant art scene. heath Gallery is participating to increase awareness that we’re here,” and Reginald Rousseau of Underground Gallery, “as an Artist and a Creative Entrepreneur, I hope to join the artistic community in unifying and enriching the Harlem community, and expose my artwork to a wider audience.”
The stroll will begin at Calabar Gallery each day (2504 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, corner 14th Street) and head to other locations, north and south of the start point.
Participating galleries are Calabar Gallery located at 2504 Frederick Douglass Boulevard; Claire Oliver Gallery located at 2288 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd; Heath Gallery located in a historic brownstone at 24 West 120th Street celebrating its 19th year; Kente Royal Gallery located at 2373 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd; L’Espace De Reve located at 246 Malcolm X Blvd; Long Gallery located at 2073 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd; and Underground Gallery located at 2508 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd.; NBHD Brûlée Coffee, 2620 Frederick Douglass Boulevard; Ink Coffee Shop 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard; Curtiss Jacobs Gallery 2075 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard; and Diaspora Now, 80 St. Nicholas Place, Suite 1B at 155th Street (on the Saturday Tour only); Paul Deo’s ‘Planet Harlem’ (on the Saturday Tour only),
The Harlem Arts Stroll September , 2021 Edition will be held on Thursday, September 9th from 5:00 to 8:00pm (beginning at Calabar Gallery); and on Saturday, September 11th from 1:00 to 6pm. These are fabulous, free events sponsored by Harlem based businesses and nonprofits including Harlem Brewing Company, Harlem One Stop, Harlem Careers, Harlem 4 All, TBO Harlem, While We Are Still Here, The Uptown Collective, Park North Physical Therapy and Calabar Imports.