Monday, June 13, approximately 200 artists, historians and community participants gathered at MIST Harlem (46 W. 116th St.) for a rich, spirited discussion of Harlem’s unique cultural history. The program, entitled From Downtown to Uptown: Reflections on the Cultural History of Harlem, was organized by Community Works in association with MIST Harlem and the Harlem Arts Alliance.

Distinguished journalist Lee A. Daniels led a panel of participants, including Farah Jasmine Griffin, a Columbia University professor; Deirdre L. Hollman, director of Exhibitions and Education at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and prize-winning photojournalist Ozier Muhammad. This dialogue was part of the public program series for Harlem. A state of mind exhibition is on view at MIST featuring the work of 14 community artists. Community Works is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging differences between neighborhoods through school and community programming.