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Lakou NOU 2019 Application is now OPEN!


Screen Shot 2018-11-29 at 9.49.19 PMIn rural Haiti, the Lakou communal living system embodies the intersection of land, family, and spirituality.  Lakou members develop reciprocal patterns of resource sharing and jointly work the land.  Lakou NOU (“Our Yard” in Haitian Creole), HCX’s newest program, is a creative adaption of this traditional model. This project provides four artists of Haitian descent with the opportunity to create and present new work by connecting their skills and talents to four historically underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods, home to generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans: Crown Heights, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Flatbush. 

In 2016, the programs inaugural year, Lakou NOU artists produced diverse multidisciplinary projects that drew connections between artistic practice and neighborhood concerns. Drumming set the tone for discussions about health and wellness in Canarsie. Dance navigated the topic of state-sanctioned violence in East Flatbush. Storytelling and video art explored gentrification that is taking place in Crown Heights. Over ten partners, including high schools, tenant organizing groups, libraries, and the national non-profit StoryCorps, were enlisted by our Lakou NOU artists to help them work with local residents toward addressing community issues and building on neighborhood strengths.

This year, Lakou NOU artists will be provided with a stipend of $7,000 for creating new art; the development, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of projects; access to a network of other artists, community leaders, and local organizations; a platform to showcase their work to varied audiences; and the opportunity to develop leadership skills while becoming more acquainted with social issues affecting Brooklyn communities.

Artists in residence also interact with each other as a cohort through discussion and support around topics relevant to Lakou NOU projects and participate in HCX-facilitated professional development opportunities. Topics include tools for cultural preservation, art in public spaces, engaging in social practice, and implementation of community programming.

Application & Notification Timeline:

December 2018 – January 14th @ Midnight 2019: Applications are completed and submitted

January – February 2019: Applications are reviewed and cohort is announced

March 2019: Orientation for Lakou NOU residents; professional development series begins

Applicant Guidelines

Selection Criteria:

– Artistic excellence and originality
– Residence in or a demonstrated relationship with the Lakou NOU communities
– An artistic practice rooted in community, collaboration, and dialogue
– Identification as an artist of Haitian decent working in any artistic discipline 

Additional Requirements: 

– Artists are not required to live in the targeted “Lakou” neighborhoods (Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, or Canarsie), BUT must live in the greater New York City area.
– Artists must demonstrate interest in and commitment to Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, and/or Canarsie neighborhoods.

How do I apply?


Applications may be submitted in two ways: 

OPTION 1: Written Submission Applications may be submitted as a written application in a PDF file.

OPTION 2: Video Submission:  Applications may be submitted as a video response in MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV file formats. Video submissions may be in English or Kreyòl. Videos should be no longer than 20 minutes in length.

Responses must demonstrate a detailed and organized thought process. Applications should be submitted to Régine M. Roumain at

Application Assistance 

In an effort to increase accessibility to this opportunity, HCX will be offering application assistance open hours. If you have specific questions, issues with access to technology, or require language assistance, please contact to  make an appointment for in-person help from an HCX staff member on Thursday, December 13 between 11am-7pm. 

Assistance is also available online. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Régine M. Roumain at or call 347-565-4429

To learn about past Lakou NOU projects, visit our Archives.



Lakou NOU Funders 2018

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Save the Date #GivingTuesday, November 27th!


For Giving Tuesday 2018, we’re raising funds to continue to bring Haiti to New York.


Last year on #GivingTuesday we asked for your help to mobilize Haiti X New York, and you answered! Thanks to our generous community, HCX’s Selebrasyon! festival presented our largest number of Haiti-based artists in the visual arts, dance and musical fields. Pioneers such as Jean-René Delsoin and Boukman Eksperyans and emerging artists, Josué Azor and Jehyna Sahyeir, had the opportunity to share their work with audience members of the Haitian Diaspora and the broader public.

We couldn’t have done it without YOU! 

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On this global day of giving, help us reach our goal of $10,000 to continue to bring incredible talent from Haiti, present innovative work, and share the indomitable creativity and spirit of Haitians.

#GivingTuesday is a special call to action. Your donation on this day will help HCX continue to develop, present and promote Haitian arts & culture as we have for the last decade. In 2019, we plan to honor ten years of service to our community with exciting new programming, new artist relationships and a continued commitment to art as a means of social change. Your donation is a direct investment in this work!

Double Your Impact on #GivingTuesday, November 27th

Starting at 8AM on #GivingTuesday, November 27th, donations made to Haiti Cultural Exchange on Facebook will be matched by Facebook & PayPal. This means you’ll be able to DOUBLE your contribution through our Facebook fundraiser on this global day of giving.

A total of $7 million in matching funds is being shared with nonprofits raising money on Facebook. These funds are limited. Donate early at *AM to make sure your donation is matched before these funds run out!

Go the extra mile by starting your own Facebook fundraiser! 

  1. Go to the HCX Facebook Fundraisers page
  2. Click “Raise Money”
  3. Add your fundraising goal with a 12/31/18 end date.
  4. Title your fundraiser, ie: “[Your names’s] Fundraiser for Haiti X New York”
  5. The “Why are you raising money?” section will be auto-populated with info about HCX and Haiti X New York. Feel free to add your own personal flair!
  6. Upload a cover photo. You can use the Haiti X New York image or another photo of your choice.


Thank you so much for your continued support of our grassroots efforts!

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Save the Date | PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince Closing Night


Screen Shot 2018-10-24 at 9.57.28 PMClosing night of PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince will celebrate the final viewing of this dynamic exhibition with a DJ set by Haiti-based rara tech DJ Gardy Girault, performances by Sheila Anozier, Tiga Jean-Baptiste
and other special guests.

Stay tuned for more details!
PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince brings together the work of over 25 artists working in the Haitian capital. Co-curated by Haitian-American artist and curator Edouard Duval-Carrié and British artist and curator Leah Gordon.

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Fèt Gede at Pioneer Works


hcx fet gedeHaiti Cultural Exchange and Pioneer Works dedicate a night to Haitian Vodou and the ancestral dead with a Fèt Gede.

Live DJ sets by Val Inc. and DJ Sabine, performances by Sheila Anozier and Okai, and a ceremony (10pm) led by houngan Jean-Daniel Lafontant.

Fèt Gede celebrates ancestors, death and life by venerating the pantheon of gede lwa (spirits) through music, dance, food and offerings.

The gede are said to be the liveliest of all the lwa, the polyrhythmic sounds and fast-paced movements of the dancers are used as further attractors for them to manifest themselves here in the realm of the living. Each and every sacred object and performance is an invitation for the gede to travel to this realm as well as to honor and celebrate them. The Vodou-inspired artworks included in the PÒTOPRENS exhibition currently on view at Pioneer Works highlight the extent to which the religious practice inspires and feeds Haiti’s artists. A fèt gede further highlights this link between Vodou and art by activating the object’s divinity.

Free! $10 suggested donation
Click here to RSVP.

DATE/TIME: Friday, November 2, 7PM-12AM
LOCATION: Pioneer Works | 159 Pioneer Street | Brooklyn, NY MAP
Take F/G trains to Smith-9th Street Station or B61 bus to King Street stop. Or take the NYC Ferry from South Brooklyn (SBK) to Red Hook/Atlantic Basin.

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