Celebrate Black History Month at the Harlem Renaissance Rent Party

Publicity PhotoTake the “A” Train to the 10th Annual Harlem Renaissance Rent Party, a costume party for a cause, on Thurs., Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. on the Harlen Adams Theatre stage. CSU, Chico’s Black Faculty and Staff Association, in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, and the School of the Arts, invites you to celebrate Black History Month 2015 with this family-friendly event. Join us for a night of music, food, and Mike Johnson’s world famous stage design.

Rent Parties were a way for Harlemites in the 1920s and 1930s to pay their rent. Hosts would hire musicians, cook food and with the proceeds have money to cover their rent.

In honor of the Harlem Renaissance, partygoers are encouraged to dress up as a person (real or fictional) who would have been alive from 1919 to 1929. The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement from the 1920s and 1930s in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. The Harlem Renaissance marked the first time that African American literature and the arts attracted significant attention from the nation at large.

All are welcome to attend. $5 donations at the door are suggested. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit Chapman Elementary School. Last year’s Rent Party raised $500 for the Chapman Elementary School library.