Affordable Housing…and a Museum

A child shares her story at summer camp at the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling. Photo by Michael Palma.

A child shares her story at summer camp at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. Photo by Michael Palma.

For over 30 years, Broadway Housing Communities has developed its own formula for meeting the housing needs of West Harlem’s lowest-income residents. One of its unorthodox ingredients has been art galleries, and now, there’s a children’s museum in its newest building.

By Keli A. Tianga

The history of New York City’s Harlem neighborhood is deeply rooted in the tradition of art and storytelling. Longtime residents sit on building stoops, watch passersby, and take note. They are the oral historians here, in the birthplace of the African-American cultural revolution of the 1920s–30s, known as the Harlem Renaissance.

They also hold the memories of more recent events, such as the race riots of the 1960s and the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, which ripped apart Harlem’s social fabric, block by block.

Read more about BHC’s pioneering effort to incorporate the arts into its affordable housing programs at Shelter Force here.

 
 
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