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Ti Atis | Announces the Return of Teaching Artist Jean-Patrick Icart-Pierre – by Tassiana Larochelle, HCX Fundraising Intern


Patrick Icart

HCX is excited to welcome back “Ti Atis” teaching artist Jean-Patrick Icart-Pierre!

Jean-Patrick collaborated with HCX on our very first community mural project at P.S. 189, The Bilingual Center in the spring of 2012, and is now partnering with us again on our third community mural endeavor at the school.

Born in Haiti, Icart-Pierre emigrated to the U.S. in 1974.  His paintings have been exhibited at The Bronx Museum, the Jamaica Arts Center, Kenkeleba Gallery, the Skylight Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum. Publications such as The New York Times, New York Newsday, The Standard and The Nation in Kenya have reviewed his work among many others.

Jean-Patrick 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.

We are pleased to welcome back Patrick to the HCX team!

DCA This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.


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Ti Atis | Introducing Teaching Artist Maxine Montilus – by Jessica Tong, Communications and Outreach Intern


shocphoto_maxine_634-Edit_web_We are excited to have Maxine join the HCX team where she will be teaching a 10-week arts residency, Creative Expression Through Movement, at PS 189 The Bilingual Center, as part of our Ti Atis program held in collaboration with HAUP’s after-school program for middle-school students.

Maxine Montilus is a native of Brooklyn and a first-generation Haitian-American. Maxine has a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from The University of the Arts, and an M.A. in Arts Management from City University London. As a dancer, Maxine is currently a member of KaNu Dance Theater and Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits, and has performed with Ase Dance Theatre Collective and Balasole Dance Company. Maxine is also a 2014 EMERGENYC artist with New York University’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics. Maxine has presented work at the “Being Bushified!” culture and community series hosted by Urban Bush Women, The Actors Fund Arts Center, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Dance New Amsterdam, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club and the inaugural Rex Nettleford Arts Conference in Kingston, Jamaica. In 2014, she choreographed for BallyBeg Production’s third play and Equity-approved showcase, “The Taste Of It“. Maxine has also had a long career in arts education, and has coordinated programs for healthcare facilities, public schools and individual nonprofit arts organizations.

We are thrilled to partner with HAUP, an organization with a long history of service and commitment to our communities, to continue our ongoing commitment to the children of PS 189.

Join us on October 4th as we celebrate HAUP‘s 39th Anniversary! CLICK HERE for more information.

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September 14 – 15: Annual Kriye Bode Workshop and Performance



Peniel Guerrier presents Kriye Bode in “Histoire D’Haiti.” This engaging performance incorporates Haitian dance and drum to capture the unique history of Haiti from the early Taino tribes to the start of the revolution.

Acclaimed choreographer Peniel Guerrier has created a captivating tribute to Haiti’s struggle to become the world’s first independent black nation. Alongside his student performers, Peniel will bring to life the emotions, hardships, and spirit of the people who fought for a new beginning.

Kriye Bode is a term that signifies the call to participate. Kriye Bode calls people together to dance, sing, drum, and rejoice in the energy of life, as a community. As the artistic founder of Kriye Bode, Peniel Guerrier has dreamt of bringing this Haitian experience to the people of New York. The first Kriye Bode symposium took place in the spring of 2005.

The attendees participate in an interactive and riveting lecture on Haitian folklore followed by Haitian dance class and a drum circle. The classes give meaning to movements and rhythms discussed in the lecture. The weekend concludes with a performance by Peniel’s students, which bring the lessons of the workshop to life.

The performance allows the workshop participants to see what the dance looks like in full costume and live drumming.

Kriye Bode has since become an annual symposium. Every year the program grows and becomes more enriching than the previous year.

Kriye Bode workshop
When: Saturday, September 13th, 1pm ~ 5pm
Where: DANY Studios (Studio #3)
305 West 38th Street | New York, NY 10018

$75- workshop
$25- single class
$15- Non-Participant Observation Fee (for panel discussion or classes)

Panel Discussion: 1pm ~ 2pm
Haitian Folkloric Dance Class: 2pm ~ 3:45pm
Drum Class: 3:45pm ~ 5pm

Kriye Bode in Histoire D’Haiti
When: Sunday, September 14th ~ 5pm
Where: LIU Brooklyn/Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
One University Plaza | Flatbush Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11201
Between Dekalb Avenue & Willoughby Street
Ticket price: $30

Tickets can be purchased at or at the Kumble Theater box office. Box Office: (718)488-1624

To purchase tickets for the workshop contact Peniel Guerrier at 347-432-8294 or email

For more info and directions to the theater please visit

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Archive: HCX Collaboration | HCLI Creole Language Workshop


HCLI_croped By Wynnie Lamour, Founder of the Haitian Creole Language Institute

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 19, 2013, Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) collaborated with the  Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York (HCLI)  to provide an Introductory Haitian Creole language workshop for the community. Founded earlier in the year by Wynnie Lamour, a long-time Language educator, HCLI is focused on elevating the status of Haitian Creole by providing a dedicated space where anyone who is interested can learn the language. As community members trickled in to the HCX office located at FiveMyles gallery in Crown Heights Brooklyn, it was clear that they were eager to learn. The workshop, facilitated by Wynnie, began with a brief overview of the language. Discussed were the history of the language, details of its French and West African origins, information on the standardization of the Haitian Creole orthography, and some technical linguistic terms that are used to describe the language, such as analytic.

An analytic language is a language that uses entirely separate words to indicate different parts of speech, such as tenses, plurality and possession. Other analytic languages include Chinese and Vietnamese.

The workshop continued with a review of the sounds of Haitian Creole. Some people expressed surprise to hear facts such as there is no need for a plain letter “c” in Haitian Creole. As a highly phonetic language, i.e., each letter makes one corresponding sound. There is no need for a letter that plays a dual role in many languages. To make a hard “c” sound like in the English word cat, you can use the letter “k”, like in the Haitian Creole word “kenbe” – to hold. To make a soft “c” sound like in the English word celery you can use the letter “s”, like in the Haitian Creole word “souke” – to shake. Everyone actively participated by repeating different words and sounds out loud, becoming familiar with the Kreyòl-flavored sounds.

  We continued with a grammar lesson titled “How to put together a sentence”. Basics such as common verbs and common nouns were covered, as well as tense markers.

A tense marker is a separate word (or sound) that is used to indicate different tenses, such as present tense, past tense, future tense, etc…

Participants were given practice exercises to work out on their own, really allowing them the opportunity to apply what they had just learned. Working in pairs, students had to interview each other and learned how to introduce their partners to the class, in Kreyòl. Workshop Participants had fun learning the different ways of responding to “Sak pase?!” that went beyond the well-known, “Map boule!” While it was evident from their questions that everyone was there for a different reason (Was Kreyòl comparable to African-American Vernacular English? What was the difference between Kreyòl and the patois that is spoken in Jamaica? Who are some of the people spearheading the changes that are happening in the perception of Kreyòl?), it was also clear that all workshop participants were driven by a genuine curiosity and interest for a language that, though spoken and held dear by millions, still struggles to prop itself up against constant attempts to belittle and denigrate it. The workshop ended with a reading of a poem borrowed from a monthly publication of the Haitian Organization Sosyete Koukouy called Tigout Pa Tigout (Drop by Drop) titled “Se Kreyòl Nou Pale” by Bob Lapierre (September 2013). A line from the poem really drove home the need for activities such as these Kreyòl workshops, not just to help combat the negative stereotypes associated with Haiti, but also to continue propelling the fact that Haitian Creole is both meaningful and useful as a language:

“Pou nou menm Ayisyen, fòk Kreyòl la anlè… Kreyòl pale, Kreyòl konprann.”

“For us Haitians, Kreyòl must be held high… Kreyòl spoken, Kreyòl understood.”

To learn more about Haitian Creole, language resources, or to find a class near you, visit the Haitian Creole Language Institute website.

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