The Cab Calloway Harlem Renaissance Center will focus on the singular and powerful impact of the Harlem Renaissance upon the past, present, and future development of American culture.
It will operate as a unique and potent combination Performing Arts Center, Museum, and public, charter High School, concentrating especially on jazz, jazz-related dance, multi-media technology, fashion, language, literature, drama, and fine arts.
This distinctive configuration of services will enable the Calloway Center to be the premier tourist Gateway to Harlem and an exemplary world-class, community-oriented educational center for living arts.
Cab Calloway was a prime founder and mover connected with the music, dance, dress, language, folklore, humor, values, and attitude of the Harlem Renaissance. Through his mastery of the mass media of his day, Calloway showed us a non-judgmental, consistent, and genuine love of human life and living.
Cab Calloway, like the Harlem Renaissance, transcended racial, ethnic, educational, cultural, and class distinctions.
He was able to reach out and appeal expansively to America and around the world, surpassing limitations and roadblocks, while remaining optimistic about our destiny and not ignoring the truth.