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2018 Lakou NOU Application is OPEN!

11.28.17

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In 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 traditionally 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 will engage in a curated professional development series designed to help them prepare for the challenges and opportunities that will come with cultivating and stewarding space for their projects. The series will introduce artists to the principles of social practice, community engagement, program planning and implementation, and impact assessment.

Resident-artist Timeline:

December – January 5th 2018: Applications are completed and submitted

January – February: Applications are reviewed and results are announced

February: 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?

APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 5TH, 2018

Applications should be submitted as a PDF file to Régine M. Roumain at regine@haiticulturalx.org.

Responses must demonstrate a detailed and organized thought process. If you have any questions or concerns, please email our Programs Coordinator, Veroneque Ignace at veroneque@haiticulturalx.org or call 347-565-4429.

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

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION.

 

Lakou NOU Funders 2018

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Glenda’s Canarsie’s Konpa Celebration | Lakou NOU Recap

11.20.17

Glenda Lezeau, a lover of all things Konpa from the keyboard solos to the dance moves, presented her Lakou NOU 2017 culminating event on Nov. 18th. The event was intended to to celebrate the beautiful sounds of Konpa and Haitian Culture in a fast growing Haitian community that lacks convening spaces so integral to building and sustaining communities. Lezeau planned a community dance fitness session, Konpa dance showcase, and special musical performance by the artist herself.

Taking place at the Happy Seniors Adult Social Daycare, Lezeau brought mainstream community to spaces misinterpreted as solely for “the neglected elderly.” Lezeau created an intergenerational, safe, and informative space to engage with community cross-culturally. With dance, food, and lots of smiles, Glenda Lezeau executed a celebration that uplifted the real purpose of Haitian music and dance – to bring people together as one!

See photos by Liz Gauthier on Facebook here.

Despacito: The Haitian Remix by Glenda Lezeau at Canarsie’s Konpa Celebration! #lakounou #canarsie #konpa #haiti #mizik

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About the author:

Veroneque Ignace is a Brooklyn-based Haitian American community arts advocate and public health practitioner. She is the creator of Kriyol Dance! Collective and centers her work on community and individual wellness. Veroneque is an alum of Suny Downstate Medical Center: School of Public Health.

For more of her work: www.veronequeignace.com | instagram.com/_kriyoldance_

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Jasmine’s #PWOTEKSYON: Creative Evolution Through the Caribbean Lens | Lakou NOU Recap

11.14.17

Jasmine Plantin (Flatbush), a textile and fashion artist, presented her Lakou NOU 2017 culminating event, #PWOTEKSYON, just this past Friday, on November 10th. The program focused on the idea of expressing culture as a mode of protection.  Plantin says “through this process I grappled with questions surrounding this idea. How individuals can seek protection, how they can provide protection to others, what protection means to a community, a group of people.”

In a two-part evening, curated around the experiences of Haitian Diaspora in Flatbush, Plantin engaged audiences in a panel discussion between Caribbean creatives highlighting how their heritage influences their work, and in an exhibition of narrative wearable art that she developed in partnership with Haitian artisans.

 

Panelists Travis Gumbs (Co-Founder of creative agency Street Ettiquette and publication Maroon World),  Nicole Plantin (VP of A&R for LA based independent label, Rostrum Records) and Saint Louis (Brand Strategist and Co-Founder of GFCnewyork) each talked about how they express themselves, their culture and what PWOTEKSYON means to them.

View photos by Liz Gauthier from the event by clicking here.

About the author:

Veroneque Ignace is a Brooklyn-based Haitian American community arts advocate and public health practitioner. She is the creator of Kriyol Dance! Collective and centers her work on community and individual wellness. Veroneque is an alum of Suny Downstate Medical Center: School of Public Health.

For more of her work: www.veronequeignace.com | instagram.com/_kriyoldance_

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Save the Date #GivingTuesday, November 28th!

11.09.17

For Giving Tuesday 2017, we’re raising funds for a new initiative: Haiti X New York. 

HCX takes great pride in providing a platform for Haiti-based artists in New York City. Haiti X New York is our effort to bring even more emerging and legendary talents from Haiti to present their work, engage with Brooklyn Diaspora youth, and connect with our local community of artists.

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#GivingTuesday is a special call to action. Your donation on #GivingTuesday will help us reach our goal of bringing at least six Haiti-based artists to present their work in New York City during 2018.

Double Your Impact on #GivingTuesday, November 28th

Starting at 8AM on #GivingTuesday, November 28th, donations made to Haiti Cultural Exchange on Facebook will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This means you’ll be able to DOUBLE your contribution through our Facebook donate button and Facebook fundraisers on this global day of giving. 

A total of $2 million in matching funds is being shared with nonprofits raising money on Facebook. These funds are limited. Donate early at  8AM 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 12/31/17 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. 
  7. Click “Create” to publish the fundraiser.

The total amount you donate or raise via Facebook on November 28th can be applied to claiming one of the #GivingTuesday “Thank You” packages below!

#GivingTuesday “Thank You” Gifts

While donations at any and all amounts will be a meaningful contribution to Haiti X New York, supporters at the following five levels will receive special perks. We appreciate you!

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RSVP on this event page to keep updated on how your donation on November 28th will make a difference!

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