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

FullSizeRenderThe Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative is pleased to announce the completion of the White Park Mural. Situated along the designated cultural corridor in East Harlem, the bare back wall, wider than the length of the basketball court in the newly renovated park was the perfect canvas for public art.

East 106th Street between Lexington and Third Ave.

The White Park Mural is a collaborative effort by three local Latino artists: Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano and Jeremy Vega. Collectively, the three separate and distinct murals weave together a scene of sport, art and community and embody the energy of both the park and the surrounding neighborhood. Pictured at center is basketball legend Cesar Fantauzzi, who is an East Harlem Native. He is surrounded by colorful images of park and street scenes.


The Public Art Initiative is an ongoing program spearheaded by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance to support local artists of color and women artists and to exhibit temporary public art installations throughout Harlem, East Harlem and Northern Manhattan. The Public Art Initiative committee works collaboratively with community and arts organizations to facilitate projects with city agencies and to attract both private and public funding to supplement the costs of fabrication including materials and installation. East Harlem At Play is produced by the Public Art Initiative of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Friends of White Park, and Friends of Art Park Alliance.

This public art project is co-presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, NYC Parks and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration with the Fund for Public Health in New York City and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You can view art in all of East Harlem parks by following the Art Walk Park to Park Map.  

Art Walk Map

Printed versions of the map will be available at the following locations starting Dec. 15th

El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue                                                                            Thomas Jefferson Park Recreation Center 2180 First Avenue                                                Community Board 11 1664 Park Avenue Ground Floor                                                              Marcus Garvey Park Pelham Fritz Recreation Center  18 Mount Morris Park West

Public Art Installation November 10, 2017

Atlas: The Third Millennium, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 2017

On View November 2017 to September 2018 on the Madison Avenue Lawn in Marcus Garvey Park 

IMG_7132 copyAtlas 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,

Supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harlem Community Development Corporation and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance


“Marching On”
A performance project by Bryony Roberts, Mabel O. Wilson, and the Marching Cobras of New York. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Saturday November 11th and Sunday November 12th, 20 minute performances on the hour at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

African-American marching bands have long been powerful agents of cultural and political expression, celebrating collective identities and asserting rights to public space and visibility. With Marching On, Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson, professors at Columbia University’s GSAPP, collaborate with the Marching Cobras of New York, a Harlem-based after-school drum line and dance team, to explore the legacy of marching and organized forms of performance. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture, this new project interweaves echoes of the 1917 Silent March against racial violence with references to the revered Harlem Hell Fighters in order to celebrate the crucial role of the community’s collective performances as acts of both cultural expression and political resistance

Best views of performances will be along the Multi purpose area near the East 122nd Street entrance to the park on the East Side of Marcus Garvey Park.

Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Storefront for Art and Architecture as part of Performa 17.

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.



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