Harlem Renaissance Fair at Ernst Center

As part of Black History Month activities on the Annandale Campus, the first Harlem Renaissance Fair will be held in the Ernst Community Cultural Center on Friday, February 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. as musicians and actors recreate the rich artistic achievements of the early 20th century in Harlem with an evening of jazz, dance, poetry and exhibits. The Harlem Renaissance Fair will be an annual event.

The Thad Wilson’s Jazz Orchestra, featuring vocalist Sharón Clark and pianist Johnny O’Neal, will perform the music of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and others who played at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club, while dancers will also demonstrate some of the famous dance steps of the era. Actor and poet David Mills will also present a one-man play based on the life and poetry of Langston Hughes.

There will be exhibits and living history performance vignettes of the musicians, artists, sports figures and political thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance in the Upper and Lower Verizon galleries during the reception and two intermissions.

”The Harlem Renaissance Fair will provide a wonderful evening of entertainment for the whole family,” said NVCC Educational Foundation Executive Director John Ruffino. “In addition to hearing the music and poetry of a generation of great artists, we will have the opportunity to learn more about a time of great change in our country when people struggled to overcome adversity and discrimination and how the arts provided an outlet and a vehicle to transform society.”

The event is sponsored by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization created in 1997 to commemorate the founding of the first rural branch of the NAACP in Falls Church, Virginia, in 1915 and to preserve the early civil rights history of Northern Virginia.

A substantial discount on tickets has been offered to the NOVA community. For tickets, go to www.tinnerhill.org, click on the event poster and that will take you to the ticketing site. Enter promotional code 2016HRF for a 30 percent discount for NOVA faculty, staff and students. All proceeds will go to the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation to help with their educational efforts.

The Annandale Campus will also host another musical event for Black History Month, when “Mosaic Harmony,” a multicultural and interfaith choir, performs in the Ernst Center Theatre on Tuesday, February 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Founded 20 years ago, “Mosaic Harmony” includes members from various religious, racial and cultural backgrounds who seek to promote harmony, understanding and goodwill through the power of inspirational music.

See both event flyers in this edition of the Intercom.

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