Public Art Initiative

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In 2015, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance President, Connie Lee organized the Public Art Initiative an ongoing cultural equity initiative that strives to preserve cultural identity and celebrate the creative culture that Harlem is famous for. The Public Art Initiative committee serves as a comprehensive and collaborative partner creating opportunities for uptown artists who want to create artworks to be installed in parks and other public spaces in Northern Manhattan. Artists are encouraged to contact us to discuss their ideas. The Public Art Initiative Committee, comprised of arts professionals and community stakeholders will work with the artists to fully develop their proposals, assist with all fund raising opportunities, facilitate the approval process with city agencies and implement programming.

To learn more contact Connie Lee, President of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance,


La Flor De Mi Madre, Naomi Lawrence, 2019 On view July 9, 2019 – June 25, 2020. Park Avenue and 121st Street along the elevated train tracks.

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Eat Me!, Capucine Bourcart, 2019, On view July 9, 2019 – June 25, 2020. Park Avenue and 120th Street along the elevated train tracks.

Peaceful Perch, Kim Dacres and Daniel Alexander Matthews, 2018, On view Oct 21, 2018 – September 30, 2019. Marcus Garvey Park, located near the 120th Street and Fifth Avenue Entrance to the park.

I Don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah Me….. Jose’ Carlos Casado,  North East Oval Lawn, Marcus Garvey Park located near the 123rd and Madison Avenue entrance to the park.  On view October 21, 2018 – September 30, 2019

Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album, Kathleen Granados, 2018, On view August 10, 2018 – August 9, 2019. Harlem Art Park East 120th Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues.

Public Art Initiative 2017

East Harlem At Play: A Mural in White Park, 2017, Giannina Gutierrez, Jeremy Vega and  Ralph Serrano. The Mural installed September 2017 will remain on view indefinitely.

Atlas of the Third Millennium, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 2016/2017 The sculpture will be on view through October 2018. Funding for this project was provided by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Harlem Community Development Corporation and NYSCA

Also in 2017

The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance was invited to collaborate with the Wallach Art Gallery, Hunter East Harlem Gallery and artist in residence Jason Lazarus to create the Uptown Artist Portrait. About 150 artists posed for the portrait in Marcus Garvey Park.


Public Art Initiative 2016

Various artists sponsored in part or in full by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative with funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation and DOT Arts

Harlem Community Development Corporation
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