Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Vision Gala on Wednesday, April 4
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Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Vision Gala on Wednesday, April 4

04/04/2018, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues) map

Paola Muggia pmuggia@dancetheatreofharlem.org

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In February 1969, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Arthur Mitchell and his mentor, Karel Shook, founded Dance Theatre of Harlem as a beacon of hope for the youth in the neighborhood where Mr. Mitchell grew up - Harlem. Arthur Mitchell’s response to this tragedy became a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim. This year, Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Vision Gala on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, will celebrate the legacy of Dr. King 50 years later, with our New York City opening night performance at New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). Performances by our inspiring Company and DTH School students with special appearances by guest celebrities will be followed by dinner, dessert and our exciting after party at the Park Hyatt on W. 57th Street. We will also honor two distinguished visionaries who have endeavored for racial equality in their respective fields: dance and theater icon, Kennedy Center Honoree and arts advocate Carmen de Lavallade, and Xernona Clayton, pioneering entertainment executive, founder of the Trumpet Awards and the intrepid civil rights leader who worked side by side with Dr. King. They will both receive the 2018 Arthur Mitchell Vision Award given to individuals who against all odds, showed the courage defy convention and breathe life into a dream. Dance Theatre of Harlem is a rich part of the legacy Dr. King left behind and the work we continue to do is in his memory.