The Cab Calloway
Harlem Renaissance Center will focus on the singular and powerful impact of the
Harlem Renaissance upon the past, present, and future development of American
will operate as a unique and potent combination Performing Arts Center, Museum,
and public, charter High School, concentrating especially on jazz, jazz-related
dance, multi-media technology, fashion, language, literature, drama, and fine
distinctive configuration of services will enable the Calloway Center to be the
premier tourist Gateway to Harlem and an exemplary world-class,
community-oriented educational center for living arts.
Calloway was a prime founder and mover connected with the music, dance, dress,
language, folklore, humor, values, and attitude of the Harlem Renaissance. Through his mastery of the mass
media of his day, Calloway showed us a non-judgmental, consistent, and genuine
love of human life and living.
Cab Calloway, like the Harlem Renaissance, transcended racial, ethnic, educational, cultural, and class distinctions. He was able to reach out and appeal expansively to America and around the world, surpassing limitations and roadblocks, while remaining optimistic about our destiny and not ignoring the truth.
Performing Arts Center
auditorium, home of the Cab Calloway Orchestra, performance venue for Jazz
music, Swing, Tap, Hip-Hop and Jazz dance, films, plays, lectures, fashion
interactive multi-media museum of Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance.
Education and Learning
charter high school, undergraduate and graduate programs of jazz culture study,
annual Harlem Renaissance Conference, master classes and residencies, open
public classes in music, dance, video, audio, drama, and fine arts.
performances to schools and community organizations, host community-sponsored
events, active membership in community organizations.
Multi-Media Production Center
video and audio for use by students, visitors, and artists-in-residence.
of performances, access to musical and oral archives, virtual online museum,
chat, bulletin board, and sales.
merchandise, fine arts and crafts produced by Harlem residents, souvenirs, and
memorabilia, on-site and online.
quality soul food and other American cuisine, lunch, dinner, and snacks
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