Wednesday, April 7, 2010

☞ READ: Harlem School of the Arts Final Deadline

Today is the final day that the Harlem School of the Arts can receive the $500,000 needed to stay open based on the Daily News article published on Monday. The school has been closed temporarily in the past week because of gross financial problems and the current board not only announced that it will need a half million to stay open but that the funds would have to be received mid week for the school to temporarily operate until until June. Does anyone have any current news? There was also a Community Board 9 meeting on Monday that had HSA on the agenda so any information on what transpired would be valuable. Read more in the Daily News: LINK or our past post on HSA: LINK. Photo by Ulysses


  1. The CB9 meeting resulted in a motion that CB9 is writing/contacting elected officials in support of the Harlem School of the Arts.

    Folks were saying that the leadership and recent directors have mismanaged the place for a long time. There were also some theories that this could be part of a plan to sell the school.

    There is a Facebook page "Save The Harlem School of the Arts" and a contact email:

    I believe there will be a parent meeting soon and a public meeting tomorrow morning. I will post more info when I get it.

    It all strikes me as very weird/hiding information/extremely last last minute...why did they not reach out before...or did they and nobody heard them?

  2. Thanks ablelive. Let us know if you get any more information.

  3. Just go this....:

    Dear Neighbors,

    We need our community to come out in force this Thursday, April 8th to rally for the re-opening of the Harlem School of the Arts.
    Please pass this information on to anyone who cares about the future of arts education.

    Location: The Harlem School of the Arts
    645 Saint Nicholas Avenue at W. 141st Street, NYC
    Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
    Assembly Time: 9:30 am
    Start Time: 10 am

    *Organized by the HSA Parents Association

    The Harlem School of the Arts is a national treasure, right here in our own backyard:

    Founded by internationally acclaimed soprano, Dorothy Maynor, The Harlem School of the Arts, Inc. (HSA) provides arts instruction to over 3,000 students, ages 4-18 and primarily of African-American and Latino descent, in the four core arts disciplines: dance, music, theatre and visual arts. HSA also offers off-site satellite arts programs in public schools in grades K - middle school. Ensembles, include the HSA Youth Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Dorothy Maynor Singers, and Children's Dance Ensembles. The College Prep program, provides pre-professional training in the arts and academic support to advanced students, ages 12-18, and assists them in the college application process. College Prep graduates consistently maintain a 80-100% college acceptance rate.

    *Excerpt from: The National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts website

    Thank you for joining the fight for the arts in our community!