Harlem School of the Arts Reopens with $1 Million Grant

The famed Harlem School of the Arts reopened Saturday after a three-week hiatus brought on by a financial mismanagement scandal with $1 million donations as well as and a new board that includes a new chairman, Charles Hamilton Jr., described by the New York Times as the managing director for strategy and investment at La Cité Development LLC; and new board member Mary Schmidt Campbell, the dean of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The school was founded in 1964 by the concert singer Dorothy Maynor, who began teaching a handful of youngsters using a piano in the basement of the St. James Church, next door to the school’s current location at 645 St. Nicholas Avenue. Ms. Maynor died in 1996. The school serves 3,000 students a year, training them in four core artistic disciplines: dance, music, theater and visual arts. Alumni have gone on to some of the best performance high schools in the city and to top-tier colleges and conservatories like Juilliard. Some have appeared on Broadway and in feature films.

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