Established in 2010, SoHarlem, Inc. is a community-based social enterprise founded to ensure that both artisans and the local community benefit from the economic development in the Manhattanville Factory District. SoHarlem is dedicated to transforming the creative spirit, cultural economy, and outdoor environs of the Manhattanville Factory District. The enterprise partners with local organizations and artists with the shared goal of building cultural vibrancy, commercial viability, and economic stability. Drawing upon her background in arts program development and grant making, founder Janet Rodriguez recognized the development of a cultural industry workforce as a way to address the urgent need for jobs in Harlem. SoHarlem has developed a brand of wearable and functional art as a means of establishing a presence in the Factory District. Their end goal is that the brand is fully operated by the master artisans and trained local workforce.

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