The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a thirteen year old public arts organization. The West Harlem Art Fund offers exhibition opportunities for artists wishing to share their art with residents uptown and around the city. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. utilizes art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; inspire thought provoking solutions to problems; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. Our heritage symbol is the double crocodile fromWest Africa. Funtunmmireku-Denkyemmireku, which means unity in diversity.
Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director and Chief Curator
Savona Bailey-McClain currently lives and works in New York City. McClain is an independent curator, producer and preservation advocate. She has curated sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media art. McClain is the Founder and Executive Director of The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. a thirteen year old public art organization serving neighborhoods around the city. As a curator, McClain is currently exhibiting the group exhibition Loosely Coupled on Governors Island. Recent projects also include the Times Square installation Counting Sheep with artist Kyu Seok Oh during Armory Week 2011 along with the interactive window installation Gumboot Juba by Dianne Smith and the digital projection Bridging Stone Figures onto the Manhattan Bridge by French artist Patrick Singh. McClain received her liberal arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Other projects undertaken by McClain include: Take Me to the River – Phase I & II, an EPF funded grant to develop public art and waterfront access in West Harlem and Lower Washington Heights; Harlem’s first cell phone tours and now, art tours in artist’s neighborhoods like Long Island City, DUMBO and Williamsburg.