Carnegie Hall presents more than 200 performances by the world’s finest artists each season on its three great stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, intimate Weill Recital Hall, and innovative new Zankel Hall—with offerings ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. Through the work of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—wide-reaching music education programs serve more than 115,000 people annually, playing a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible.
The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization established in 1991, is dedicated to the preservation and development of the legendary Apollo Theater. Through world-class live performances and education programs the theater honors the influence and contributions of African-American artists and advances emerging creative voices across cultural and artistic media. Originally constructed in 1914, The Apollo Theater is a source of pride and a symbol of the brilliance of American artistic accomplishment, and is considered the bastion of African-American culture and achievement.
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the Seat of its Bishop. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people, and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. The Cathedral serves the diverse people of New York City through an array of liturgical, cultural, and civic events; pastoral, educational, and community outreach activities; and the preservation of the great architectural and historic site that is its legacy.
The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than 30 doctoral programs, as well as a number of master’s programs. The Graduate Center’s mission is to prepare students to become scholars, experts, and leaders in the academy and in the private, nonprofit, and governmental sectors; to enhance access to doctoral education for traditionally underrepresented groups; and to advance the educational, economic, and cultural interests of the complex urban community it serves. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, The Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events.
Established in 1979 as part of The City College of New York, Harlem Stage (formerly Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.) has earned a local, national, and international reputation for its world-class programming and commissioning of new works by artists of color. Harlem Stage has hosted such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Bill Cosby, Abbey Lincoln, Maya Angelou, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover, and Tito Puente. Harlem Stage’s primary mission is to support and present the development of new work and the work of emerging artists, and connecting these exhilarating and stimulating new programs to its community. Harlem Stage opened its new facility, the landmarked Gatehouse, in October 2006.
Founded in 1963, Kingsborough Community College was named one of the country’s top community colleges by the New York Times. Serving a widely diverse population of approximately 30,000 students per year, Kingsborough offers a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts and career education, as well as a number of specialized programs. As a commitment to the educational, cultural, and economic needs of its students and the Brooklyn community at large, the college hosts many free and low-cost public events throughout the year, including the Lively Arts & Ideas series; the Family Arts series; the Free Sundays series; and the Free Best-Selling Author series.
The Queens Public Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center serves Queens County with a comprehensive reference and circulating collection. With over 45,000 volumes of print and non-print resources, it has the largest collection of materials related to African American culture found in any public library within New York State. The Queens Public Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. With a record 22.8 million items in circulation, the Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in the US and one of the highest circulations in the world.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of circulating, reference, and rare archival materials in its field. With the largest public, circulating performing arts collections in the world, the Library also produces a comprehensive series of free public programs in its Bruno Walter Auditorium, including lectures, panel discussions, performances, master classes, readings, and screenings.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving, and providing access to resources documenting the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. This is accomplished through exhibitions; publications; and educational, scholarly, and cultural programs that include readings, lectures, films, panel discussions, and concerts. Today the Schomburg Center contains more than 10 million items, and provides services and programs for constituents from the US and abroad.