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Ti Atis e anpil travay (Little Artists and a lot of work)
By Kassandra Khalil


The Ti Atis Arts Room Renovation was an interesting lesson in planning and group work. On two consecutive Saturdays in February at the dewy morning call time of 9am, a team of eager volunteers trickled in to P.S.189, The Bilingual Center in East New York, Brooklyn. Their first task: carrying construction and renovation supplies to the arts room on the 4thfloor. To most people, giving up their Saturday morning for semi-hard labor is sort of a no go. Not for the HCX volunteer. The eagerness and positive congenial mood of our team of volunteers got the HCX staff’s energy going more than the coffee did!

The renovation started with the cathartic gutting of a closet and speed sorting seemingly endless boxes of arts supplies that had been donated by members of the HCX community and Materials for the Arts. The “handy-er” volunteers took on the task of constructing the shelving for the closet as the rest of us began painting and beautifying the classroom. The creative students of P.S.189 took to making really psychedelic star decorations for the banner board while others gave the room a thorough scrub down.

By the end of the first week, we all thought that the next Saturday would be more of a light-weight finishing touches sort of deal. We were definitely wrong. After painting the closet, we moved on to the construction of the sliding door panels. Overcoming the hurdles of size, shape and the lack of clear instruction manuals, we got the doors to slide. While the rest of the team worked on filling the closet with the sorted bins of supplies, P.S.189 student volunteers began mounting their stars around the room. By the time both teams turned around, we were startled by the change we had made on the room. It looked great! The myriad of melon shades on the closets against the calming purple of the banner board pooled well with the finishing touch of a brand new blue and yellow floor rug.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the room took place the following Friday morning. Students of P.S.189 thanked volunteers in the three teaching languages of th school: English, Kreyòl, and Spanish. Engy Lamour, one of the volunteers for the room renovation was actually an old student of P.S.189! He explained to the students the importance of the arts and the opportunity that going to a school like P.S.189 afforded him later in life. Afterwards, the students and Principal Berthe Faustin invited us for refreshments. The coffee, orange juice, and milk boxes tasted like nostalgia and a refreshing job well done.

Over the course of 2 weekends, our team of HCX volunteers succeeded in revitalizing an ironically drab arts room and made it into a positive and engaging arts space for the children of P.S.189. Thanks again for all you do! We can’t wait for the continuation of this project, the Ti Atis Collaborative Mural that begins in April!

A special thank you to Jeanne Heifetz and Brooklyn for Barack volunteers, without whom this project would have never been possible.

This project was completed through funding from Citizens Committee for New York City and donations from Materials for the Arts as well as HCX friends like you!


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October 2: Ayiti Resurrect Holistic Health Fair!


Join Ayiti Resurrect and Third Root Community Health Center for an afternoon of Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Massage, Laika, Acupuncture, and Herbal & Nutritional Consultation.
All proceeds benefit Ayiti Resurrect’s January delegation to Comier, Leogane, Haiti.
No cover charge! Bring cash for classes and services.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
at Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Please see website to RSVP:

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Check out two new French acting and language classes coming to Pearl Studios!


L’Atelier Francophone:
Cours de théâtre en français

L’atelier Francophone est un cours de théâtre proposant des exercices sur l’imagination, le corps et la voix afin d’élaborerun jeu créatif et “réel”. Nourrir ce jeu, c’est mettre à contribution la vie intérieure de l’acteur, explorer la richesse et le potentiel de sa propre individualité, et découvrir le lien harmonique qui l’unit à son partenaire.

Le cours intègre des méthodes diverses d’apprentissage du jeu (Meisner, Stanislavski, Chekhov, etc.) pour que l’acteur puisse découvrir les outils les plus utiles à son répertoire.

L’accent est mis sur le travail en groupe. L’intérêt est de créer une troupe d’acteurs composée d’individus qui apprécient et essaient tout autant de nourrir le travail de la compagnie entière que d’enrichir leur propre savoir-faire.

Ce semestre, nous travaillerons sur des scènes diverses écrites par des auteurs contemporains francophones.

Horaire : Tous les mardis de 19h à 21h

Adresse : Pearl Studios
519 8th Ave, btw 35th and 36th streets

Dates : Du 27 Septembre au 8 Décembre

Spectacle et fête : Le 8 Décembre de 20h00 à 23h00.


Act French

Act French: is a basic French language class designed for performing arts professionals and theatre lovers. The first half of the class will focus on grammar with an emphasis on verbs. Students will also perform simple improvisation exercises to build a personal relationship to the language and increase confidence speaking French. In the second half of class, students will read and rehearse scenes and monologues from contemporary French plays to improve pronunciation skills, build vocabulary and develop reading comprehension and listening skills. At the end of the 7 sessions, students who have attended class and completed the minimum homework required will be able to pronounce written French, have a basic conversation in French, conjugate 100 essential verbs in the present tense, future, “passé composé” and the imperfect and read French. The course will culminate in the presentation of scenes from a contemporary French play.  Limited to 20 students.

Beginners: Wednesdays 8:15-10pm (September 28-November 9)

* Performance and Party will be on Wednesday, November 9 (8:30-11pm)

Location: Pearl Studios
519 8th Ave, btw 35th and 36th streets


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March 19: Immigration and Education Conference: Envisioning Schools, Communities and Policies of Acceptance


HCX Board Member, Cybil Charlier will be a presenter for a workshop entitled “How Cultural Organizations and Educational Institutions Serve as Tools for Advocacy of Immigrant Populations.” This workshop will focus on how participants can become involved with immigrant communities and provide information on promoting advocacy through educational institutions and cultural organizations.

The daylong conference, sponsored by the Colin Powell Center and the New York City Department of Education, aims to embrace not only academics and teachers, but also of families, advocates, and immigrant and U.S.-born community members alike.

Learn more and register here!

DATE / TIME: Saturday, March 19th, 2011 / 9am-4pm
The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies,
160 Convent Ave, Harlem Google Map
Take the 1 to 137th St – City College, CCNY.

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