The artists of Harlem were constantly engaged in the active life of the community.
As a very young neighborhood, Harlem during the Great Migration was a dynamic
city, with large amounts of Southerners, entering the bounds of Harlem daily.
The artists of this time were very much migrants as well. They each brought
and shared their own aesthetic values from the places of their youth. Some had
come from the South for instruction and settled permanently in Harlem, while
others continued to travel, using Harlem as a home base. Others, still, like
Lawrence, were a product of the Migration, that continued to strongly influence
the artistic scene. But all of the artists were concerned with finding a place.
Their search for place and identity led them also to help find the community's
place as a center for an evolving African American