Center to be Renamed ‘Robert Frederick Smith Center for the Performing Arts’ for $1 Million Gift from Benefactor
New York, NY (October 26, 2018) The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced the success of a $2.8 million public private capital campaign to upgrade and revitalize the Cultural Performance Center at the Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem. OSI spearheaded the effort to revitalize the Cultural Performance Center including: funding the original concept plan for the center’s redesign, bringing in $1.3 M of the fundraising, and raising significant support from other donors to leverage the state’s investment.
The performance space will be renamed the Robert Frederick Smith Center for the Performing Arts in recognition of businessman and philanthropist Robert Frederick Smith’s $1 million donation.
“Music and artistic expression have a unique power to unite families and communities,” said Robert F. Smith. “Few places embody that more than Harlem. I’m humbled by the opportunity to contribute to a center where people of all ages can come together in appreciation of the arts. By bringing together leaders in the public and private sectors for this effort, we are ensuring West Harlem’s rich culture and heritage can take center stage.”
“Robert Smith’s generous gift will have tremendous benefits to the people of West Harlem and all who use the cultural center to socialize, celebrate, enjoy performances and experience the arts,” said Kim Elliman, OSI president and CEO. “We thank him and all the donors and supporters who have joined us in making the revitalization of this popular Harlem community centerpiece a reality.”