Say Harlem, and evoke culture – the Harlem Renaissance, the Harlem Boys Choir, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Apollo Theater, Harlem hip-hop artists Kurtis Blow and P.Diddy/Sean Combs. The Dwyer Cultural Center is opening in Harlem, kicking off a week of free events, to celebrate this rich culture of Harlem.
Tuesday night June 16th at 7 p.m. is jazz with Craig Harris and his ensemble, Nation of Imagination. Thursday June 18th is Latin music honoring Graciela, the First Lady of Latin music with a performance by the Harbor Latin Youth Ensemble. Friday, June 19th is the blues with performances by Harlem’s own “ladies of the blues” – Ghanniyya Green, Lady Cantrese and LeeOlive Tucker.
All the evening performances include conversations with journalists and academics.
The Dwyer Cultural Center (which has an interesting history itself, a new cultural center rising up in the midst of a recession) bills itself as “the city’s first state-of-the-art, multimedia cultural center devoted exclusively to the culture, traditions, and history of Harlem.”
It is located at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue, a two-minute walk from the 125th Street station of the A train (Tidbit: “You Must Take The A Train” was what Duke Ellington scribbled to Billy Strayhorn on his directions to his home in Harlem; Strayhorn used the note to compose the song that became Ellington’s signature.)

Dwyer Culture Center in Harlem
Dwyer Culture Center in Harlem

Culture Dwyer Cultural Center Opening Celebrates Harlem's History and Tradition