May Week

May Week is an annual culturally enriched program that is free to the community during the month of May. This event is sponsored by the May Week Committee and co-sponsored by the Arts & Letters Committee.

Past May Week Events

Our 2012 May Week celebration highlighted classical dancer Misty Copeland at the Dwyer Cultural Center. Copeland is the first African-American dancer in 20 years to feature as a soloist at the American Ballet Theater. The title theme “My Body Curves” explored positive body images in the arts.

In 2007 the May Week event featured the art of the Harlem Horizon Art Studio and performers from the Harlem Hospital Dance Leadership Program. The event was held in the Harlem Hospital Auditorium.

In 2006 the May Week event theme was “A Celebration of Legends: Remembering Legendary Artists who Passed Away from 2003-2006″. The event was held at the Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts, and featured wonderful performances by current and former Wadleigh students paying tribute to artists such as Octavia Butler, Ray Charles, Ossie Davis, Rick James, Fayard Nicholas, Lou Rawls, Gordon Parks, Wilson Pickett, Richard Pryor, Nina Simone, Edwin Starr, Luther Vandross, Barry White, August Wilson, and Ronald Winans, who are “gone but not forgotten”.

Venice Fridie-Kendall
May Week Committee Chair

Gloria Mabry
May Week Committee Co-Chair