Culture Creativity Care Initiative Performance/Cultural Activation Open Call

The Culture, Creativity, & Care Initiative at Marcus Garvey Park is a two-year project organized by Harlem Grown. The CCCI will amplify Harlem’s rich history and culture. Within the Mellon Foundation’s Humanities in Place Initiative, this project will focus on fostering creativity and care in this essential public space at the heart of New York’s Harlem community. Marcus Garvey Park has historically provided space for culture, activism, and engagement during periods of social, political, and environmental transformation resonant in Harlem and beyond. At Harlem Grown, we believe in inspiring and empowering our community to live healthy and fulfilling lives and encourage you to join us on our mission to promote wellness through the power of green spaces.


Beginning in January 2023, Jerome Haferd from BRANDT : HAFERD, a Harlem based architecture and design studio facilitated workshops with Harlem residents to co-create a temporary art installation. This structure followed a co-creation model where community members, local artists, and stakeholders worked with the design team to develop an intentional space for the enjoyment of Harlem residents and Marcus Garvey Park visitors. The structure has been designed to be inviting and also allow for visual art exhibitions, artist showcases, soapbox performances, open mics and writing workshops.

Harlem Grown is requesting a call for Performance/Cultural Activation during June 2023 - September 2023 in Marcus Garvey Park. We strongly encourage activation of the BRANDT : HAFERD art installation and the surrounding area but are open to other areas of the park as well as the Amphitheater and recreation center.

Submitting to the open call indicates that your performance/activation is ready to be programmed, or will be ready to be with preferred dates included in the proposal (July – September).
Performances must be free and for the public.
Performances must be appropriate for all ages.

To learn more and to apply visit
Application due May 14th @ 11:59pm EST
Please email for any questions.

Application Deadline:2023-05-15
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