Dwyer Cultural Center (DCC) is a groundbreaking state-of-the-art multimedia cultural center devoted exclusively to the culture, traditions, and history of Harlem. Created in partnership with Community Works and International Communications Association, Dwyer Cultural Center offers a year-round calendar of activities including:
• Live Theater, Music and Dance Performances
• Interactive Guided Tours
• In-Depth Conferences, Panels and Symposia
• Documentary and Independent Film Series
• Educational and Community Workshops
• Dynamic rental spaces (5 unique spaces – individual, combination or full facility rentals)
Community Works (CW) is an award-winning nonprofit arts organization dedicated to building bridges between diverse cultures and neighborhoods, enriching the arts curricula in public schools, and extending the benefits of the arts to under-served populations. Founded by Barbara Horowitz in 1990, CW began as a small grassroots organization and is now active in every borough of the city, serving more than 350,000 people each year. A pioneer in arts education and community learning, its signature program model Making a Difference was the impetus for the award-winning harlem is … series, which has come full circle to find a permanent home at Dwyer Cultural Center.
International Communications Association (ICA) is an outgrowth of three earlier organizations, Community Film Workshop Council (CFWC), founded in 1968, Third World Cinema Productions (TWC) founded in 1970 and the Institute of New Cinema Artists (INCA) founded in 1971. Cliff Frazier, the president of ICA, founded the organization in 1986; ICA has made magnificent and major accomplishments within the media and cultural industries. In 2007 ICA completed the co-development of the 10-story Dwyer Building in collaboration with Cross Construction Company. The Dwyer Building includes 51 condominium apartments, street level retail space and the 7,000 sq. ft. Dwyer Cultural Center, which houses ICA’s international headquarters, cultural activities and NGO-DPI initiatives.