Artist Donates $1 Million to Harlem Arts Center
Artist LeRoy Neiman has donated $1 million to create a permanent home for a Harlem community arts center.
Neiman is best known for his colorful and energetic paintings of sporting events and portraits of such luminaries as Muhammad Ali, The Beatles, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra. He plans to attend the ribbon cutting for the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center Tuesday evening.
Arts Horizons has been providing after-school arts programming for 30 years. The center will become its first permanent home. It will offer classes in painting, computer animation, photography, pottery, and video and film-making on weekday afternoons and weekends.
Neiman, who says he’s a product of the Depression and a broken home, is making the donation to give children “an opportunity to express themselves in ways they never thought possible.”
The center is scheduled to officially open next month.
Story via: A.P.
Image: Self-portrait of “The Artist”