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Lakou NOU 2017: Crown Heights Creatives

11.08.17

Nubian Nene, Lakou

Nubian Nene (Nadine Sylvestre) (Crown Heights) is known mostly for her Waacking and House dance styles. Her ultimate goal is to constantly inspire through actions, words and dance.  She has performed at Fringe Festivals with KINEMATIK Dance Theater and at the Cultch Theater in Vancouver with ‘Bboyizm’ Dance Company. She has also been featured in music videos for Jose James and Michelle Williams alongside the likes of Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. She has taught at the Unity Festival in Toronto, the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival in Vienna and NYC, the Illadelph and Funky Fundamentals Festivals in Philadelphia, and at the International Waacking Festival in Los Angeles.

She believes that basic human services are things a town should provide its residents. A Crown Heights resident, Nubian Nene has observed the way residents contribute to street pollution. In “Crown Heights Creatives,” Nubian Nene documents the personal perspective of residents on the matter, assesses the community needs, raises awareness about the presence of local street farms, gardens and the availability of healthy foods in our grocery stores, and engages the creatives of Crown Heights to share their skill set, expertise and teachings to mobilize the community. She pulls from her Haitian heritage by creating a video series of her dancing in community gardens, connecting the dots between Crown Heights, its residents, and herself – a Haitian-Canadian woman living in Brooklyn. By dancing in this way, Nubian Nene portrays Kouzen Zaka, the agriculture/harvest/hard worker lwa further enforcing the idea of community action. 

DATE/TIME: Friday, December 22nd, 2017  | 6-10pm
LOCATION: 7two7 Create | MAP
727 Franklin Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11238
ADMISSION: Minimum $10 Suggested Donation

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Lakou NOU 2017: #PWOTEKSYON

10.26.17

Jasmin Plantin Lakou

 

Jasmine Plantin (Flatbush) was born and raised in New York and has been surrounded by art and design since she was a child. She attended Parsons the New School for Design and Central Saint Martins for her undergraduate degree, where she was nominated for “Designer of the Year” and graduated with a BFA in Apparel Design in 2013. While pursuing her degree she apprenticed with design studios Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra and Phillip Lim until she graduated and began designing menswear for Greenpoint based company Outlier. Her work in textiles and fashion has appeared in international publications, such as Teen Vogue and Oyster Magazine, and has been displayed in Saks Fifth Avenue and at exhibitions in Paris, France.

In #PWOTEKSYON, Jasmine will be exploring culture as mode of protection for the Haitian Diaspora in Flatbush through a two part evening, beginning with a panel discussion between Caribbean creatives highlighting how their heritage influences their work and introducing students to different artistic fields. The evening will end with an exhibition of narrative wearable art that she has developed in partnership with Haitian artisans highlighting the different periods of Haitian history.

DATE/TIME: Friday, November 10, 2017 | 5-8pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Commons Clocktower | MAP
495 Flatbush Ave |Brooklyn, NY 11225
SPECIAL NOTE: The evening’s panel discussion is public but will cater to students in high school.*

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Ti Atis Launches Today!

10.25.17

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Ti Atis (Little Artists) is an in-school arts education program engaging youth of Haitian descent and their peers with Haitian history and heritage via the arts. The program gives young people, ages 6-14, the tools to build an inclusive and culturally informed future as they learn about diverse art forms from professional Haitian artists. The goal is to increase appreciation of Haiti and its culture, promote positive cultural identity and self-image, facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, and cultivate an inclusive sense of community amongst young people.

This year, HCX launches Ti Atis at P.S. 189 with Jean-Patrick Icart Pierre for a 7-week arts residency!  Icart-Pierre collaborated with HCX on our very first community mural project at P.S. 189, The Bilingual Center in the spring of 2012, and has been a recurring teaching artist with HCX.

Born in Haiti, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1974, Icart-Pierre’s paintings have been exhibited at The Bronx Museum, the Jamaica Arts CenterKenkeleba Gallery, the Skylight Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum. Publications such as The New York TimesNew York NewsdayThe Standard and The Nation in Kenya have reviewed his work among many others. Icart-Pierre is an alumnus of The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art, and holds a Master’s degree in Arts Education and an MFA from Brooklyn College.

In 1987 he traveled to Kenya and served as artist-in-residence at the Paa-Ya-Paa Arts Center.  He was awarded the “Artist-in-Marketplace” honor from The Bronx Museum, and in 1994 he served as artist-in-residence at The Jamaica Arts Center in Queens, New York.  He has worked as an art teacher at the Harlem School of The Arts and currently works at M.S. 246 in Brooklyn New York, instilling his appreciation for art in the public school system. Students who experience his teaching learn and understand that creating art is a way to give voice and presence to those communities and historical events often excluded in our society. Art provides a way to go beyond the textbook and encourage everyone to get out into the community!

We are pleased to welcome Icart-Pierre to the HCX team once again!

If you would like these types of programs in your school or community, please contact regine@haiticulturalx.org. If you would like to be included in our roster of teaching artists, please contact veroneque@haiticulturalx.org

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Lakou NOU 2017: Each Body is a Miracle

10.19.17

Diane Exavier, Lakou

Diane Exavier (East Flatbush) creates performance events, public programs, and games that challenge viewers to participate in the active realization of a theater that rejects passive reception. She is also an arts educator with a pedagogy that focuses on creating reflective spaces for young people. Her work has been presented at Westmont College, California State University: Northridge, New Urban Arts (Providence), West Chicago City Museum, and in New York: Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, Independent Curators International, Medialia Gallery, and more. Her most recent play Good Blood was workshopped in residency with the Flea Theater. Her writing appears in Cunjuh Magazine, Daughter Literary Magazine, The Atlas Review, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind.

She uses her Lakou NOU residency to develop her original play Good Blood. With “Each Body is a Miracle,” Exavier delves deeper into some of the play’s issues and themes of immigration, partnership/intimacy, and health through social practice. She segments her project into three parts: 1) field notes, where she asks, what health issues are most affecting the lives and bodies of Haitian community members in East Flatbush today? 2) community crafting, where she’ll facilitate a floral crown making workshop, related to the Haitian traditional practice of plasaj, where participants of any age can attend and through a brief meditative   exercise, decide the conditions under which they want to live, and 3) reportage, an exercise in active dramaturgy, combining research and documentation with live performance. She aims to compile her field notes into a brief report on pertinent health issues facing Haitian residents in East Flatbush and create a photobook sharing portraits from the Community Crafting event. Both will be available to view and peruse at a final reading of Good Blood, the play that serves as inspiration to this entire residency.

Join us!

PART 2: Crown Crafting  

DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 9 | 5:30-7pm
LOCATION: East Flatbush Branch Brooklyn Public Library | MAP
9612 Church Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11212

RSVP to the Facebook event for Part 2 here!

PART 3: A Staged Reading of Good Blood

DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 9 | 7-10pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Fete | MAP
1515 Nostrand Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11226

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