Community programs extend the Apollo Theater’s commitment to enhancing the life of the community. Through a variety of programs designed to engage children, adults, schools, families, artists, and community-based organizations, community outreach activities build on the Apollo's rich history as a cultural and economic anchor to the greater Harlem community.
Every August, the Apollo Theater is proud to partner with Harlem Week, a city-wide initiative to celebrate Harlem and promote tourism in the uptown neighborhood. The Apollo will partner through the following activities:
APOLLO AMATEUR NIGHT CELEBRATES HARLEM WEEK WITH KOOL MOE DEE
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
AMATEUR NIGHT ON STAGE AT HARLEM WEEK
Sunday, August 18, 2013
APOLLO AMATEUR NIGHT CELEBRATES HARLEM WEEK WITH JEFF REDD
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
HOLIDAYS AT THE APOLLO
APOLLO AMATEUR NIGHT HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:30pm
The Apollo Stars of Tomorrow with special guest artists
The legendary Apollo Theater lights up this holiday season with the fourth annual Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, showcasing the best of the best of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category.
Featuring an incredibly talented array of instrumentalists, singers, and dancers from ages 5-18, this program captures the spirit of young performers hoping to follow in the footsteps of Apollo Legends like Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald, whose careers were launched on the Theater’s stage
COCA-COLA WINTER WONDERLAND
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 2pm-6pm
Hosted by Tour Director and Apollo Ambassador Billy Mitchell
Before the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, the Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnering to bring the magic of the holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer a variety of holiday-themed activities and performances that are free and open to the public. The festivities include picture-taking with Santa Claus, giveaways, and performances by Refining Faith and Acapella Soul. Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Apollo will be a designated location for a toy drive.
KWANZAA CELEBRATION: REGENERATION NIGHT
Friday, December 27, 2013 at 7:30pm
Hosted by Imhotep Gary Byrd
Featuring: Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with special guests Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets and BabaTunde, Michael C. Wimberly and Yacouba Sissoko, and F the Elemental
The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with its popular annual show, featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and guest performances by Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets and BabaTunde, Michael Wimberly and Yacouba Sissoko, and F the Elemental. Established in 2006, the Apollo’s Kwanzaa celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music, honoring the principles of Kwanzaa — family, community, and culture.
APOLLO UPTOWN HALL
The Apollo Theater continues to be a gathering place and “town hall” for local community residents as well as people from all over New York. This has been demonstrated by the huge turnout and response to such events as the Bradley-Gore presidential debate, President Obama’s election campaign and presidential election night outcome, and the passing of Michael Jackson and James Brown. The Uptown Hall experience will be an interactive community forum to address key issues affecting the community, country, and world. A critical component of the Uptown Hall project is our partnership with community organizations, which facilitates the development of diverse audiences and encourages cross-cultural dialogue and debate.
WNYC and the Apollo Theater present A Martin Luther King Tribute
Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 3pm
WNYC’s annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration goes uptown to the Apollo Theater for a special edition, presented as part of the Apollo’s Uptown Hall series. Each year WNYC Radio brings together scholars, community leaders, and activists to engage in conversation with host Brian Lehrer about the legacy of King’s vision and how his teachings inform our view of American society today.
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9, 2014
In celebration of African American History Month, the Apollo Theater will open its doors for a FREE weekend to give visitors access to our rich history and a preview of our future activities. Open House weekend will feature live performances from upcoming performers and past winners of Amateur Night at the Apollo, family workshops, multi-media presentations on Apollo Theater history, and a host of other activities.
TICKET SUBSIDY PROGRAMS
We continuously strive to keep our ticket prices as widely affordable as possible. We routinely offer free events at the Apollo along with discounted tickets.
Additionally, the Theater offers free-of-charge tickets each year to numerous New York City-based and -focused nonprofits that provide services to people who are at or beneath the poverty line. If you are the Director of a New York City-based and or -focused nonprofit that services people at or beneath the poverty line and you’d like the Apollo to consider adding your organization to our ticket subsidy list, contact us via apollotheater.org/apollo-theater-email-response-form.