Community Partnerships in Harlem and across New York City reflect the Museum’s commitment to engaging youth and adults beyond the traditional classroom and museum visit and through experiences and interdisciplinary approaches to programs that foster personal and collective connections through art. The Museum’s Community Partnerships center experimental creative spaces built by and for community members. Partnerships are designed to complement the partner organizations’ mission through with engagement with visual art; Community Partnerships build safe spaces, support existing programs, and cultivate new ideas. Partnership sessions include open dialogue with practicing artists and hands-on art-making projects connected to works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection, exhibitions, inHarlem projects, and in the community. Partnerships are designed to foster inclusive creative spaces and inquiry-driven critical dialogue in support of social justice through centering the work of artists of African descent. They challenge participants to think critically and creatively about their communities.
The Museum’s Community Partners include organizations that focus on houselessness and housing insecurity, targeted criminalization and reentry from incarceration, health and mental health access, and fostering safe LGBTQ spaces. Each partnership is built in collaboration between the partner organization, the Museum’s Education staff, and Artist Educators. Partnerships are informed by the diverse creative practices of the Museum’s innovative group of practicing Artist Educators who facilitate each partnership.
Ali Forney Center is an organization that serves LGBTQ houseless youth. Ali Forney’s mission is to protect LGBTQ youth from houselessness and empower them with the tools to live independently. These
In collaboration with The Center for Justice in Education The Heyman Center for Humanities, the Department of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University, and the NYC Department of Corrections,
Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) is a community-based organization that serves LGBTQ youth from ages thirteen to twenty-four. HMI is partners with Harvey Milk High School, a District 2 public transfer
AHRC Fisher Day Center and Urban Innovations are community-based organizations that support the creative and financial independence of Harlem’s young adults and adults with intellectual and
The Fortune Society is an organization that supports successful re-entry from incarceration and promotes alternatives to incarceration. Castle Gardens is their residence located in Harlem. We work
The Center for Court Innovation works to achieve justice and equity, create safe, healthy, and thriving communities; and ultimately transform justice systems. They operate programs in community