“Harlem and the Future: Preserving Culture and Sustaining History in a Changing Environment” is a day-long conference organized by twelve venerable NYC organizations that will focus on Harlem’s resilience in the face of neighborhood change and the preservation of cultural and architectural legacies. Panel discussions are divided into specific themes: social fabric, built environment, and cultural heritage.
An engaging day of dialogue includes opening remarks by Manhattan Borough President Gale A Brewer, keynote speaker by Chris Fair of Resonance Consultancy and closing remarks by Michael Henry Adams. Harlem & the Future will also feature three panel discussions, three walking tours, and a film screening about gentrification.
The Cultural Heritage panel will be moderated by Terrance McKnight, host on WQXR Radio. Featured panelists include:
Kenneth J. Knuckles, President & CEO, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
Karl Franz Williams, CEO & Founder, Good Ice Marketing
Sarah Saltzberg, Co-Founder, Bohemia Realty Group
Eric Pryor, Executive Director, Harlem School of the Arts
The Built Environment panel will be moderated by architect Carlton Brown. Featured panelists include:
Chris Cirillo, Lott Community Development
Daniel Marks Cohen, Housing Partnership Development Corporation
Joseph Coppola, AIA Principal, Dattner Architects
The Social Fabric panel, focusing on Churches at Risk will be moderated by John T. Reddick, Architectural & Cultural Historian. Featured panelists include:
Rev. Michael A. Walrond, Jr., Senior Pastor, First Corinthian Baptist Church
Rev. Reginald Bachus, Associate Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church
Ann-Isabel Friedman, Sacred Sites Program, NYC Landmarks Conservancy
Sponsored by the West Harlem Community Preservation Organization, Historic Districts Council, City Council Member Mark Levine, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City College of New York City, SAVE Harlem Now!, The New York City Landmarks Conservancy, Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, Landmark West!, Manhattan Community Boards 9 and 10, The Audubon Park Alliance.
Funded in part by Historic District Council and City Council Mark Levine.