Working with our neighbors, these collaborative programs center art, community, and participation in equal measure, reflecting a shared commitment to directly addressing the issues facing Harlem. These partnerships highlight the cultural richness of our community, and the role of art in shaping it.
Community Advisory Network
The Studio Museum’s Community Advisory Network is a cohort of roughly twenty local residents, teachers, parents, and representatives from social service providers and community-based organizations in Harlem. Through quarterly, thematic meetings, we engage our neighbors in transparent dialogue on the issues that impact our diverse and ever-evolving community.
Using Harlem Postcards as a canvas, this joint writing and art-making workshop is sited within local senior centers, and encourages the creation, sharing, and documentation of our neighborhood’s distinct oral histories. Postcards created during this session are addressed to the Museum, initiating an ongoing exchange.
Neighbors’ Night Out
This monthly event invites local artists and neighbors to present and discuss their ideas with Studio Museum staff. With a focus on the professional development of emerging creative talent, these festive gatherings—which range from performances, to dinners, to pop-up exhibitions—expand the Museum's community of practice, and connect artists of all ages and backgrounds with vital material and professional resources.
Program Proposals Portal
The Studio Museum in Harlem welcomes public program proposals from artists, arts and culture organizations, and members of the local community. If you would like to submit a proposal, please read the guidelines below before submitting to see if your idea meets our criteria.
inContext programs explore the broad range of source materials that inspire artists to create, while examining the variety of forms that meaningful creative expression can take. This series of film screenings, book clubs, writing workshops, listening sessions and live performances mines the intersections of black culture and the literary, filmic and sonic arts.
Featuring author talks, book clubs, and writing workshops, Studio Salon is a series of programs that centers the relationship between art, literature, and visual languages.
This screening series brings together artists, activists, filmmakers, and producers for public dialogues on the roles film and video play in documenting and deconstructing contemporary culture.
Thesediscussion-based programs encourage discourse across disciplines to illuminate rich, nuanced perspectives on contemporary art and practice. Through staging platforms that both amplify and document the oral histories of Harlem, these programs embody a living archive of community voices.
The Artist’s Voice
A unique opportunity to hear directly from both emerging and established artists, this conversation series invites exhibiting artists to present and discuss their work on view in the context of their broader artistic practice.
Lea K. Green Artist Talk
Celebrating the life of the late Lea K. Green, this annual program brings together exceptional artists and cultural luminaries for critical dialogues on art and contemporary society.
Artists and curators join thinkers from outside the contemporary art world to share ideas and examine the connections that exist across creative fields.
With a focus on guided observation and thematic exploration, these in-gallery programs activate the Museum’s exhibitions and encourage visitors to respond to works of art through conversation, movement, poetry, and art-making actives.
Artists on Artists
Artists on Artists invites artists, scholars, poets, musicians and other creatives to respond to works on view.
Tours provide visitors with a guided and thematic exploration of our exhibitions, and select works of art from the permanent collection.
These artist-led workshops, classes, and short-term residencies demystify artistic processes through a focus on technique, materiality and form. Intimate in scale, these participatory programs encourage experimentation, knowledge creation, and tools-sharing.
Engaging local senior organizations and alumni from the founding years of the Museum’s Artists-in-Residence program, these hands-on workshops build, support, and connect a community of practicing artists over 60.
Studio Lab is an incubator for interdisciplinary practice that invites scholars, students, museum staff and Artist-in-Residence alumni to engage in thematic, month-long residencies inspired by seminal moments in art history. This dynamic platform encourages participatory experimentation and open exchange of ideas across disciplines and fields of cultural study.
Studio ² is a monthly series of informal art-making workshops aimed at making a wide range of studio practices accessible to adult audiences. Each hands-on workshop is led by an exhibiting artist or Museum educator and explores a theme and creative process highlighted in the works on view. Including media as varied as figure drawing, collage, animation, sculpture and more, these lively workshops inspire the maker in everyone.
Providing behind-the-scenes access to the Museum’s resident artists, these programs take place throughout the year-long Artists-in-Residence program. inResidence programs serve as both an invitation to the creative process and a continuation of the Museum’s legacy of supporting emerging artists and their professional development.
AIR Open Studios
Artist-in-Residence Open Studios are a unique opportunity for visitors to directly engage with the Museum’s resident artists over the course of the year-long Artist-in-Residence program. In fall and spring, the artists open their studios to the public to discuss works in progress and share valuable insight into their creative processes.
AIR Independent Programs
At the culmination of the residency, each artist is given a platform to explore various facets of their practice and expand the discussion of their newly-created work beyond the galleries and artworks on view. From artist parades and live performances to poetry readings and panel discussions, these programs take on many forms and invite these emerging artists to generate a new vocabulary surrounding their work.
Each fall, the artists in residence are invited to participate in an annual collaboration with WNYC’s The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Bridging visual arts and public radio, onAIR! features a satellite exhibition of the artists’ work and kicks off with a live conversation between current residents and program alumni.