Story by Gregg McQueen. Photos by Michael Palma. Reproduced with permission from The Manhattan Times.
On Fri., May 29th, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) launched its latest Uptown Arts Stroll with a kick-off event at the Sugar Hill development in West Harlem.
More than 200 guests attended the launch party, where awards were presented to 2015 honorees Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ty Jones, Andrea Arroyo and Eduardo Gómez.
The Stroll, which began 12 years ago as a single-day event, is now a month-long festival that showcases the talent of Northern Manhattan artists in all disciplines.
Among its primary sponsors are the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, The Manhattan Times, the West Harlem Development Corporation, the Harlem Community Development Corporation, and the Hispanic Federation.
Throughout the month of June, Washington Heights and Inwood’s galleries, parks, restaurants, public spaces and other venues will present exhibits and performances by a diverse array of local artists and innovators.
This year’s Arts Stroll extends into West Harlem for the first time. NoMAA has partnered with Broadway Housing Communities, which constructed the Sugar Hill affordable housing complex, as well as the soon-to-be-opened Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling.
At Friday’s event, City Councilmember Mark D. Levine presented an award to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award-winning creator of In the Heights and Hamilton.
Ty Jones, a Broadway actor and Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, received an award from Manhattan Times publisher Luis Miranda.
Global Citizen Award artist Arroyo received a citation from Kofi Boateng, Executive Director of West Harlem Development Corporation; and Eduardo Gómez, Founder of the Washington Heights and Inwood (WaHI) online community website, was honored by Ana Ofelia Rodríguez, Executive Director of Broadway Housing.
Attendees also enjoyed performances by students from Statement Arts and Latin jazz music from Mario Persiani and Trio Cachimbo.