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Harlem School of the Arts Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

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Mar 21, 2016

In 2016, Harlem School of the Arts (Harlem, NY) is celebrating 50 years of providing arts education to their local community. As part of the celebration, MetroFocus spoke with Eric Pryor, president, as well as student We’Ani McDonald and her father, Dr. Varleton McDonald. The interview discusses the impact of HSA in Harlem and profiles We’Ani, an exemplary singer that trains at HSA.

“I know that there are a lot of young people that are at disadvantages because they do not have arts available to them,” Varleton McDonald said. “The kind of commitment that I saw existed at Harlem School of the Arts was something that I wanted to have We’Ani involved in…We’ve been very fortunate to be able to do this and to be connected with HSA.”

Eric Pryor discusses how HSA, facing difficult financial circumstances over the last decade, received a major gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation, which allowed the organization to restore its endowment. He expressed confidence that, with a new board and executive leadership, HSA would continue to grow and expand its programming.

You can watch the full interview here.

About Harlem School of the Arts

Since its founding by internationally-acclaimed soprano Dorothy Maynor in 1964, the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people ages 418 through world-class training in the arts. HSA offers children and young adults in Harlem and beyond the freedom to find and develop the artist, student, and citizen within themselves in an environment that teaches discipline, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to our students' lives, empowering them to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.

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