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November 13: Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn: A Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief


Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s dynamic arts organizations will present 10 minute samplings of the best they have to offer in dance, drama, music, spoken word, readings, and visual arts towards the Hope and Healing of our beloved BK.

Co-Organized by

Congressman-Elect Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman-Elect Walter T. Mosley, Councilwoman Letitia James, District Leader Renee Collymore and the 88th Precinct

Hosted by

Ralph McDaniels and Laurie Cumbo

Participating Arts Organizations include

ActNow Arts Foundation, Inc.
Alexandra Beller/Dances
BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn featuring Dan Zanes
BOMB Magazine
Brooklyn Ballet
Brooklyn Music School
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Haiti Cultural Exchange
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
Irondale Ensemble Project
KowTeff African Dance Company
Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble
Mark Morris Dance Group
New York Writer’s Coalition
Noel Pointer Foundation
Purelements An Evolution in Dance
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company
Scenarios USA
SONYA (South of the Navy Yard Artists)
The Actors Fund Arts Center
The Town House Art Gallery
Urban Bush Women

All proceeds will be divided between REACHING OUT COMMUNITY SERVICES and RED HOOK INITIATIVE, Brooklyn-based charities directly involved in Sandy relief and recovery work in Coney Island and Red Hook.

The program will be broadcasted by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn

Suggested donation at the door: $10

Cash bar and refreshments.

Be there, SPREAD THE WORD and show your love for Brooklyn!

For more information and to volunteer contact: Irondale at (718) 488-9233 or email Maria Knapp at


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October 18: MOVE by Natalie Paul a staged reading


Come out for a powerful staged reading written by Haitian-American NYU graduate Natalie Paul!

Admission is free. RSVP to

Natalie Paul's "Move"

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Archive: Krik? Krak! Storytelling & Songs at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum


A summer of Krik? Krak! at Haiti Cultural Exchange
by Régine M. Roumain

Krik? Krak! Storytelling and Songs was the very first program established by Haiti Cultural Exchange in 2009.  As we sought to develop our mission of presenting and preserving Haitian heritage, we thought that it was critical to focus on our oral history traditions.

Originally established as an 8-week Saturday program in one location, we realized that the program could have a broader impact if we took it on the road!  We are grateful to Ibi Zoboi, Madafi Pierre and Jennifer Celestin for sharing the folktales and songs with our community!  We are also grateful to Mimi Barthlemy for her extensive collection of Haitian folktales.

Our vision is to create a traveling TAP-TAP that will bring the stories of Bouki & Malice, Tezen, Simbi and HAITI to neighborhoods throughout NYC.  Here is a brief recap of this summer’s program.

Ibi Zoboi opened our summer of Haitian storytelling at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on Friday, July 6th, with a resounding KRIK? Children of all ages and backgrounds responded KRAK!

Ibi is a natural storyteller.  She was very comfortable recounting tales of Bouki & Malice; explaining to the children and their families that Bouki & Malice often did bad things – and that the stories were used as lessons for Haitian children as to what NOT to do.  Bouki and Malice ate all of Madan Kalenderic’s eggs and lied!  A big no, no!  Mimi Barthelemy’s tale of “How the Goat Learned to Climb” was quite captivating — with perseverance, we can accomplish much.  Lastly, Edwidge Danticat’s story, “Eight Days”, about the Haiti earthquake was read to the children, most of which had heard about the earthquake.  “Where is Haiti?” asked Ibi.  “What language do they speak there?”  All questions asked were intended for the audience to gain a better understanding of Haiti, the culture and traditions, and brought children and adults together in a moment of shared youth and imagination.

Madafi Pierre, led the second session of Krik:Krak! at the Eastern Parkway Library on Saturday, July 21.  Madafi sang “Panama Mwen Tonbe” and read from her newly published children’s book “Loco’s Lullaby”.  Lastly, Jennifer Celestin, joined HCX on August 3rd at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and regaled the audience of children, parents, and caregivers, with a story about Bouki going to the market and being scared of his own shadow.

Stay tuned for more storytelling and songs with Goussy Celestin this fall!

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