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Harlem Arts Festival opens 2014 artist application, application fee lowered


Listen up, Harlem artists! The Harlem Arts Festival is now accepting applications for its 2014 festival. Artist application fees have been reduced from $35 to $25.

“After applications are submitted, our selection committee evaluates potential artists on a variety of factors to ensuring the rich, diverse cultural legacy of Harlem is represented in the festival each year,” said Neal Ludevig, executive director of the Harlem Arts Festival. “The application fee helps to identify committed applicants, and every penny not spent on fees and permits pays the stipends of the artists in the festival. This year’s lowered fee is intended to make the festival more accessible to artists.”

The Harlem Arts Festival’s application process is uniquely democratic. The festival puts out an open call in the Fall of each year, encouraging artists of all disciplines to apply with details of their background, examples of their work, and their connection to Harlem. Applications are reviewed in the spring of each year by the Harlem Arts Festival’s artistic selection committee (ASC).

To learn more about the artist application fee go here or HAF, check out their website.

Harlem Arts Festival hosts Open Mic Jam Session March 27

Listen up Harlem! There is a fun event happening tomorrow! The Harlem Arts Festival (HAF) is hosting an open mic jam session at My Image Studios Harlem (MIST Harlem) tomorrow (March 27) starting at 10 pm. HAF is hosting this event to raise money for this year’s 2013 festival.

According to Neal Ludevig, the executive director of the Harlem Arts Festival, organizing a festival is no small task. “The Harlem Arts Festival presented 33 artistic acts on two stages to more than 1,000 people over the course of two days last year and we’re excited to do this again in 2013,” said Ludevig. “The money we raise tomorrow night at the open mic jam goes directly toward providing our artists with the best equipment, promotion, and resources.”

Ludevig also explained that HAF is holding their event at a venue that was specifically designed for events such as an open mic jam. “The late Roland Laird envisioned MIST Harlem as an opportunity to aggregate culture and create a destination to present theater, music, poetry slams, and more, said Ludevig. “In that way, MIST Harlem is a fantastic new space in Harlem that represents what the HAF is all about. We’re both new organizations, trying to embrace and build on the wonderful neighborhoods and communities that are already here.”

Tickets for the Harlem Arts Festival’s open mic jam, costs $10. Interested in attending? Go here for tickets.