NYTimes: Harlem School of the Arts, Once Shuttered and in Debt, Now Dreams Big

Created: Nov 02, 2017 (8:36PM)

After hundreds of children had finished their dance, piano and voice lessons one recent afternoon, the halls of the Harlem School of the Arts were quiet. Construction workers had also departed, leaving their tools behind.


Just seven years ago, the school, founded in 1964, was $2 million in debt and temporarily closed. Today, the school has not only recovered, but is pivoting from a place that primarily provided arts education for children to a full-fledged performing arts center.

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Heriberto Torrado