The Harlem Renaissance marked a rebirth of a variety of art forms in the 1920s and ‘30s in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Juniors at the high school recently completed a class project creating the “Harlem Renaissance Museum” to honor dozens of Harlem Renaissance artists. The displays, most of them quite elaborate, are currently in the Little Theater lobby and will be there until March 17. Arts and humanities teacher Audrey Jones said the public is welcome to come by the school to take a look at the work. They will get the perfect opportunity on March 7 when four one-act plays premiere at the theater. There are displays honoring the major players in many aspects of culture, including literature, drama, music, painting and dance.
Jones said that the Harlem Renaissance happened partly because there were so many black people from the South who moved into Harlem, which caused a rebirth of the culture that they identified with. Some of the more well-known Harlem Renaissance players include the musicians Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday and the writer Langston Hughes. The students created 88 displays for the exhibit.
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