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Introducing the HCX Artist Directory: An Online Platform Showcasing Diverse Creative Talents of the Haitian Diaspora


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You’re Invited to Join the HCX Artist Directory


HCX’s mission is to develop, present, and promote Haitian Arts & Culture in New York City. Supporting artists of the Diaspora is a huge part of this work.  HCX Receives requests for artist recommendations from a wide range of entities, including prominent cultural institutions and schools. In order to ensure that we are representing a comprehensive cross-section of the Haitian Diaspora Artist community, we are creating the HCX Artist Directory. Launching in March 2016, this online platform will:

  • Showcase your work to HCX’s broad and diverse audience
  • Facilitate opportunities to perform, exhibit, and teach through referrals made by HCX to its wide network
  • Connect you to a community of Haitian Diaspora artists

Artists of all disciplines and levels of professional experience are welcome to join the HCX Artist Directory. By joining the directory, you will be part of a network of artists empowering themselves through their art and impacting communities.

Become an HCX Member Artist
to receive additional perks.


To get your Basic Profile or to become an
HCX Member Artist, click here!


Click here to learn about the HCX Lakou NOU Artist Residency Program.

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An n’ Pale | I became known as the tall lady wearing the headwrap! – by Tassiana Larochelle, HCX Fundraising Intern



Various adjectives come to mind when attempting to describe style maven Paola Mathé,  the multi-talented tour de force behind Fanm Djanm and her personal blog Lost in the City.  Bright, arresting, intelligent, supportive, confident and inviting are just a few. The stunning Haitian beauty and founder of Fanm Djanm joined HCX at Kinanm Lounge & Bar in Brooklyn on Thursday, March 19th for our An n’ Pale series with HCX Director Régine M. Roumain.

The evening opened with a special poetic performance by Schneider Laurent and Marc Henry Valmond.  Theirs was a thought provoking, passionate, and seductive piece performed to an imagined beloved and paying tribute to such greats as Frankétienne.

When asked about the genesis of Fanm Djanm, Mathé beamed excitedly.  “I wanted to have a platform to tell stories about different women, their strength and showcase African beauty and culture.”

One of the most insightful moments of the evening came when Mathé reflected on her time in Haiti. “My most vivid memories of living in Haiti were of the “machann“, the street merchants, who I wish I got to hug and got to know.  I remember how strong they seemed and how colorful their head wraps were because they were always carrying a load on their heads. I realize that their loads weren’t only physical; most of these women were poor, many were single, working various jobs, taking care of family members, and most likely had no time to take care of themselves.  I wanted to honor that.”

As to where the idea for the head wraps came from? “I had always worn head wraps and then at some point, I just became known as the tall lady wearing the head wraps! She joked.

Mathé seemed as fascinated and inspired by her followers as they were her.  “I also think of the strong women I’ve gotten to meet here in New York.  It’s important to have a platform for sharing their stories and a supportive network where we could empower each other.”

The evening appropriately ended on a fun note with an impromptu head wrapping session. We thank Paola for a wonderful night of dialogue.

Click here to look at photos of this An n’ Pale.

Click here to purchase a beautiful headwrap.

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Selebrasyon! :: About New York’s Celebration of Haitian Art & Culture


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Selebrasyon! will be the first of its kind in New York. This festival will bring Haitian, Caribbean, and wider New York communities together to experience Haitian film, dance, music, literary and visual art in venues across the city!

Beginning on Haitian Flag Day on May 18th during Haitian Heritage Month, and running until the end of June which is Caribbean-American Heritage Month, this festival will present events hosted in collaboration with different organizations, institutions and artists.

Seeking to highlight the dynamic presence of Haitians in New York as well as in Haiti and other parts of the Diaspora, Selebrasyon! will provide opportunities for artists, especially those who are emerging, to share their work and build new audiences.


Selebrasyon! Advisory Committee

Buyu Ambroise • Alice Backer • Sabine Blaizin • Manolia Charlotin • Edwidge Danticat Jeffrey Dessources •  Joel Dreyfuss • Ayinde Jean-Baptiste • Carine Jocelyn Lorraine Mangones • Michèle Voltaire Marcelin • Jerry Philogene • Anthonine Pierre Sam Pierre • Barbara Prezeau • Rose Pierre-Louis • Elsie Saint-Louis Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse • Etienne Télémaque • Frantz Voltaire

Selebrasyon! Community Partners

651 Arts | Ann Pale Kreyol | Artists for Peace & Justice | BelTiFi Belle Vue ToursCenter for Traditional Music & Dance | City Lore Cornbread & Cremasse | CUMBE | FiveMyles Gallery | Haiti Cherie Haitian American Caucus | Haitian Recipes  | The Haitian Roundtable  Jaz Enterprise | Konbit Mizik Kiskeácity | Konbit MizikMoCADA My Haiti Travels | National Association of Haitian Professionals New York Women in Television & Film | PEN American Center Thornton Global Strategies |

Selebrasyon! Sponsors

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Selebrasyon! Media Partners

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August 17-25: 4th Annual Soul of Brooklyn Week


SOB13Soul of Brooklyn Week brings together and celebrates the best of the borough’s  African Diasporan arts and culture while promoting partnerships between local arts organizations and black businesses in Brooklyn. Attracting over 20,000 attendees, Soul of Brooklyn Week features concerts, film screenings, plays, festivals, workshops, art activations and more! Click here to visit the official Soul of Brooklyn website.

Soul of Brooklyn Week Events:

Soul of BK Launch Event + Concert
The Soul of Brooklyn launch will feature a performance by Seattle-based hip hop collective, Shabazz Palaces. There will also be performances by electro dub-hop group abstract random, and tunes by THEESatisfaction’s DJ Sassy Black and Stas THEEBoss. Join us as we celebrate the Soul of Brooklyn launch with live music, vendors, art activations, and more.

Greene Ave and Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
2:00PM – 7:00PM

Tap + Cork Beer and Wine Festival
Tap+Cork presents the 1st Annual Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest. Featuring local, regional, and national beer and wine shops, the festival will also include live entertainment, food, and tastings!

1428 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
1:00PM – 8:00PM

Brooklyn Jazz X Bed Vyne Brew
In partnership with the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, join The Jeff King Band and the Brandon Sanders Trio for a live performance. Meet us in Bed-Stuy, enjoy some live jazz, and sip local craft beers from Brooklyn.

370 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
7:00PM – 9:00PM

H Street is a comedic play that follows Frankie, the newest resident of the rapidly gentrifying H Street, any city, USA. Armed with a city grant to build a community center, she has dreams of building the perfect home for her new neighbors, but quickly discovers that it takes more than good intentions to unite a neighborhood. The play will be performed right on the outdoor stoop of Bill Lee, acclaimed musician and father of filmmaker Spike Lee.

165 Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11205
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Suggested donation

PATTERNS OF SUCCESS: Bridging the gap between art, creative freedom and  entrepreneurship
Presented by Jo-Na A. Williams, Esq. founder of J.A. Williams Law – The Artist Empowerment Firm, she will discuss the current trend towards entrepreneurship and the specific tools artists need to become masters at ruling their market and making money on their terms. Stay after the workshop for a meet-and-greet with the presenters, and enjoy cocktails, food and tunes by a local DJ.

417 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:30PM – 10:30PM

MoCADA Makers: Trunk Show
MoCADA’s new trunk show series kicks off with the latest collection from Nigerian-American designer, Busayo Olupona. Complimentary refreshments provided.

80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:00PM – 8:00PM

I Don’t Camouflage and MoCADA present an event hosted by M1 of Dead Prez. Featuring music by DJ Mike Flo, the night will be a fusion of music, dancing, lights, patterns, and colors and a celebration of our individuality and uniqueness. Come wearing pattern prints!

905 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
8:00PM – 11:00PM

The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

Come celebrate the 14th annual KidFlix Film Fest with a family-friendly films under the stars! This free film festival for kids and families is held every Friday night in August in Stuyvesant Heights’ Fulton Park.

Fulton and Lewis Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
7:00PM – 9:00PM

Black Weirdo is a party that calls for Blackness to be celebrated and appreciated in all facets on earth and beyond. Hosted by THEESatisfaction and bklyn boihood, the party will feature tunes by OC Note, Mursi Layne, and Chocolate Chuck.

622 Degraw St  Brooklyn, NY 11217
11:00PM – 4:00AM
Advanced Tickets: $10


Artists Sam Vernon and Rushern Baker IV will lead middle school and high school aged students in creating abstract and landscape collage projects!

80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Suggested donation

HCX | Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert
Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Kont ak Mizik Anba Tonèl: Ochan pou Mimi Barthélémy. Performers will share Haitian folktales and songs by the late Mimi Barthélémy, presented by Melissa Beauvery, Jennifer Celestin, Atibon Legba, Laura Simms, and music by Riva Nyri Precil.

558 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Soul of BK X AFROPUNK Block Party

As part of this year’s AFROPUNK Festival, join us for the Soul of Brooklyn Week finale. The Block Party will feature DJs Rich Medina, Prince Paul, CX KIDTRONIK, and Mursi Layne. Check us for local Black owned business vendors of all types, art activations, and more!

Flushing Ave and Navy St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
1:00PM – 8:00PM

About Soul of Brooklyn: Soul of Brooklyn is a 32-member consortium of arts organizations with the mission of fostering collaboration between themselves and local businesses to bring arts programming to communities across Brooklyn.

About MoCADAThe Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.

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