On September 14, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer recognized Curtis Willocks, adjunct instructor of Photography, at a reception the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The event inaugurated the 49th African American Day Parade celebration. This year, the theme of the parade was arts and culture. The reception formally recognized the role Willocks and others “play in the vibrant cultural life of Manhattan communities.” The ceremony honored contributions of leaders in the arts, including artists, innovators, administrators and community leaders.
“Curtis is extremely well respected,” Brewer said. “To have him on the list is an honor for all of us. He’s being recognized for his art and his teaching. He’s extremely well known in the community.”
Representatives of Julliard, Dance Theater of Harlem, NY Philharmonic, and the Apollo Theater were also recognized.