Haiti Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit organization established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people.

We seek to raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding and appreciation through programs in the arts, education and public affairs.

Why Haiti Cultural Exchange? 

The Haitian Diaspora in New York City is an immigrant group that has continued to create new forms of cultural expression, but has not experienced equitable access to vital resources and networks. In 2009, seven Haitian-American women banded together in response to a lack of consistent support and visibility for cultural offerings produced for and by this community. The result was the founding of Haiti Cultural Exchange, which fosters a permanent presence for Haitian Arts & Culture in our city.

Programs & Services 

Our programs and services seek to support emerging and established artists, promote cross-cultural exchanges, preserve our cultural heritage, and encourage dialogue around contemporary social issues.

Through Arts Presentation, Cultural Engagement, and Artist Development programs, HCX has provided high caliber arts programming to over 45,000 individuals and has presented over 350 artists. Our Arts Presentation programs provide diverse platforms for Haitian and Haitian-American artists to showcase their work, including two major festivals: Haiti Film Fest, an international festival of Haitian and Haitian Diaspora cinema, and Selebrasyon!, a multi-disciplinary celebration of the best of Haitian performing and visual arts. Our Cultural Engagement offerings instill understanding and knowledge of Haiti and its people. These programs include An n’ Pale, our yearlong conversation series, and Ti Atis, an in-school arts education program for Brooklyn youth. Our Artist Development activities connect Haitian and Haitian Diaspora artists with further exposure, resources, and economic opportunity.

Additional Artist Resources & Opportunities

Through referrals, HCX continues to make connections between organizations & individuals seeking talent and Haitian artists. Part of the way we do this is through in-school performances & workshops where artists can participate in special assemblies and in-class performances, in NYC, that work to expand students’ world eye view and connect them with their Haitian heritage.

HCX is registered to provide performance based workshops and assemblies for Nassau County public schools.  If interested in hosting a workshop/assembly, contact Régine at regine@haiticulturalx.org

For more information on how HCX can connect you or your organization with Haitian artists of various disciplines, please contact Régine at regine@haiticulturalx.org.

Community News

HCX is committed to engaging individuals and institutions in our community around Haitian culture. The HCX Community Page functions as our blog platform to exchange information about HCX events, opportunities, and related organizational information.

Haiti Cultural Exchange has received crucial support from:

Advantage Care Physicians
AFTA Appraisals
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters

Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Community Foundation
Citizens Committee for New York City
Community Resource Exchange Rising Fund
Con Edison
Diaspora Community Services
Digicel
Embassy of Haiti in New York
EmblemHealth
FOKAL
Ford Foundation
HAUP
Humanities New York
National Endowment for the Arts
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts
NPN: National Performance Network
NY-Haitian Leadership Fellowship
NYC Hope & Healing Fund
New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York State Education Department
Puffin Foundation
The Office of Assembly Member Rodynese Bichotte
The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
The Office of Council Member Jumaane Williams
The Office of Council Member Corey Johnson
The Office of Council Member Laurie Cumbo
The Quebec Delegation of New York
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Soul of Brooklyn Regrant Program
Union Square Awards
United States Embassy in Haiti
William Talbott Hillman Foundation

 

Staff

Régine M. Roumain
Executive Director
Erika Pettersen
Development and Communications Director
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