Harlem Holiday Windows 2017 debuts on Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd in the holiday windows game, and it’s all about celebrations! Spanning the corridor of Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard between 117th and the 127th streets, seven businesses will display windows designed and executed by students from Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) BFA program and additional businesses will have the designs of local artists, curated by Omo Misha.

The window displays will depict Traditional Harlem Celebrations that take place throughout the year: Three Kings Day, Christmas, Hanukah, Loiza, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Harlem Week, creating a spectacle to behold. This year’s theme was suggested by high school students from The Schomburg Center’s immersive Teen Curator’s Program, and will be showcase from November 29 to January 2.

Visitors are invited to stroll through the historic neighborhood throughout the holidays and enjoy the window displays while learning a bit of Harlem’s rich history threw the cultural celebrations. To kick off the season, two free window tours on November 29 and December 2 will be provided by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. Walter Rutledge the creative director has created tours featuring live storytellers and vignettes with actors and performers bringing the windows to life. The family friendly outing will also include free children’s activities and live musical entertainment. This unique approach to presenting holiday windows offers an interesting alternative to the traditional downtown windows for the holidays.

Participating businesses include Grandma’s Place in Harlem, Harlem Coffee Company, Harlem Haberdashery, Harlem Shake, Settepani Restaurant,Valerie Signature Salon, Whole Foods Market, Corner Social, and Chez Lucienne. The displays will visually tells the story of Harlem through its varied celebrations. From smokey jazz Harlem scenes, religious traditions, and various holiday scenes, FIT students have created celebrated – themed scenes from the multi-cultural community of Harlem.

Harlem Holiday Windows free kick off event will start at the Harlem Whole Foods Market on 125th Street at 6pm on November 29, 2017 and will feature an interactive and inter-generational music performance by special Loiza Band. The second kick off, also starting on 125th Street, will begin at noon on December 2, 2017 ending at the Shop Harlem Live Harlem Holiday Holiday Expo at St Martins Episcopal Church.

Produced by Harlem Park to Park, the program will include an art filled afternoon for kids and adults.

Learn more about Harlem Holiday Windows events and special tours.

Harlem Holiday Windows is an ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. project presented in partnership with Harlem Tourism Board, Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association and Harlem Park to Park.

Window designs by Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) BFA program: Craig Berger, Department Chair; Anne Kong, Professor.

Creative director Walter Rutledge for activities.
Curator Omo Misha for additional designs.

It is our aim to create holiday window displays that offer an alternative to 5th Avenue department stores while showcasing Harlem’s proud history & engaging and supporting the community, its businesses and, most importantly, our youth.

— Jacqueline Orange, ArtCrawl Harlem