Who We Are

Manna House is a center for the performing arts with an emphasis on Jazz.

Manna House Workshops was founded in 1967 by Gloria DeNard, an alumna of the Juilliard School of Music. A handful of East Harlem residents, members of local churches, and a volunteer lawyer formed a 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit cultural center. Music lessons on a one-to-one basis and group instruction was offered at low cost to all ages and ethnicities.

The mission of Manna House is to meet the needs of talented persons in an economically deprived community by providing a lifelong learning experience, primarily through America's classical music, Jazz, and the visual and performing arts. Music training gives us the discipline needed to succeed in our endeavors.