Arthur Mitchell rehearsing early Dance Theatre of Harlem company dancers as children look on, early 1970s. Unknown photographer. Arthur Mitchell Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

Arthur Mitchell: Harlem’s Ballet Trailblazer

The first major exhibition devoted to Arthur Mitchell, this project celebrates the life and accomplishments of the New York City Ballet’s first African American star, and the founder and longtime director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.


Manhattanville | Lenfest Center for the Arts

A Cultural Beacon for Columbia and the Community The Lenfest Center for the Arts will be a vital epicenter for engagement with the arts: creating conversation and inspiring change.

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Free and open to the public

Wed – Fri: noon – 8 pm
Sat & Sun: noon – 6 pm

The Wallach Art Gallery

Lenfest Center for the Arts
Columbia University
615 West 129th Street
(enter on 125th Street, just west of Broadway)


Dance Theatre of Harlem Dancers' Panel

An afternoon of conversation with longtime members of the Dance Theatre of Harlem -- Marcia Sells, Theara Ward, and Robert Garland. Hear about their experiences working with dance visionary Arthur Mitchell, the ballets they danced and the countries they toured, and how social justice infused the company's identity from the start.

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