Liquid Heat is a multi-faceted public art and outreach program for Harlem, New York. It brings to life the exuberance of one of Cuba's most iconic dances - Afro-Cuban rumba - in a public immersive, multi-dimensional installation for Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion. The aim is , through rumba, to bring community together across culture, race, nationality, economics and politics; to inspire through art and dance and; to create an opportunity to learn and experience the art through an exciting program of community events.
The Liquid Heat exhibit, La Rumba Llama, opens on August 5th in Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion, home to the first murals to be commissioned for black artists. The exhibit is a walk through audio-visual installation open to hospital visitors and the public.
Ritmo y Color is the dance and art educational program for children 'at risk'. This free summer camp week l takes place within the exhibit, and gives young people the opportunity to learn Afro-Cuban rumba, link the dances to their own cultural heritage, acquire new skills, and raise their confidence and aspirations.
On one of the busiest days in HARLEM WEEK, these up and coming young dancers from the Ritmo y Color program will perform in Harlem on the street to the public. In the spirit of rumba , a live rumba event follows the children's performance - open to the public.
Liquid Heat launched successfully in 2018 in Havana & Harlem. It was so successful that this year it is part of HARLEM WEEK, with an extended program and many more children enrolled in Ritmo y Color.
We have a committed team who have given their time and worked tirelessly, and have successfully raised £50,000 either in funds or in kind. We only need another £15,000 to cover costs. $300 will cover one child for the week. Your support will enable us to ensure that we are able to cover the costs associated with the extended community program. All contributions will help make this happen! Thank you so much for your support.