SIXTH ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
The sixth annual New York City Multicultural Festival is being held Saturday, May 30 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m on St. Nicholas Avenue between 141st and 145th Streets in Harlem. The event aspires to showcase the diverse cultures represented in the city while giving people the opportunity to learn more about the different food, music, dance and art.
Several nonprofit organizations will also be present to provide free health screenings, information on health insurance, education, jobs, immigration, safety and summer camp, and there will be toys for children and other giveaways for adults.
New York City Multicultural Festival is organized by New York African Chorus Ensemble in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, the NYPD, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Mark Levine, Community Board 9 and 12, Harlem and the Heights Historical Society and Manhattan Borough North Precincts and Community Councils.
Go to www.celebratediversitycelebrateyou.org for more information.
BIRTHDAY AND FAREWELL CELEBRATION PLANNED FOR BETTY DOPSON
The executive committee of CEMOTAP and the St. Albans Congregational Church are hosting an 81st birthday party and farewell celebration for the marvelous Betty Dobson Sunday, May 31 at 2 p.m. at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Center, located at 172-17 Linden Blvd. in Queens.
Dopson has left New York and returned to her home in Ohio. She left May 6 but has agreed to return May 31 for a celebration and tribute to the work she has done in New York. For more information, call 347-907-0629.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ACQUIRES DANCE PIONEER ARTHUR MITCHELL’S ARCHIVE
Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the archive of pioneering ballet dancer, artistic director and choreographer Arthur Mitchell. The collection contains photographs, posters, programs, clippings, correspondences, early film footage and video content that tell the story of his career.
Mitchell was the first African-American principal dancer of a major ballet company, the New York City Ballet, where co-founder and choreographer George Balanchine created roles for him.
Although Mitchell continued to dance on occasion with the New York City Ballet, he left full-time performing to co-found the Dance Theatre of Harlem with Karel Shook, the first African-American classical ballet company to achieve international acclaim.
The Mitchell archive will open to the public in 2017, after processing and cataloging has been completed. Columbia will be hosting an array of public programs and events—some featuring Mitchell—in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
—Compiled by Cyril Josh Barker