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2019 Lakou NOU | BUSINESS SAVVY ARTISTS by Marie Saint-Cyr

08.15.19

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Marie E. Saint-Cyr (Flatbush) is a visual artist whose work explores how we interact within imagined space by juxtaposing interior and exterior spaces. As a young Haitian-American artist, the colors in Saint-Cyr’s paintings evoke the charm and vibrancy of Caribbean pastorals alongside the urgency and layered energy of urban landscapes. Marie migrated to the United States from Haiti at the age of eight and creates her art in Wyandanch, New York. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy and has traveled and studied art throughout Europe.

Marie’s project, Business Savvy Artists: Haitian Creativity as a Community Asset, will focus on investing in the industry knowledge and professional development of Haitian artists based in Flatbush. Saint-Cyr’s project aims to equip artists with knowledge of available resources and tools that increase the capacity of Flatbush artists to manage their art practice as a business and create economic and artistic opportunities for themselves, such as putting together a portfolio, developing exhibitions, creating their own residencies, and understanding the unique value they have to offer from their art practice.

She hopes to shift perception of the Haitian community’s view that the creative field is an unstable career choice. Targeting a mixed group of artist stakeholders for series of workshops fusing art-making and trainings education, this project will engage: high school students, offering more aware of the various careers available in the arts; assist college art students in strategizing how to get experience in the degree they are pursuing; and will provide visual artists tools and resources to aid them in sustaining a successful art practice. 

If you are interested in participating in Business Savvy Artists, please contact Marie Saint-Cyr at saintcyrartstudio [at] gmail.com

Current activity dates include:

Emerging Artist Roundtable | Lakou NOU

Join Lakou NOU artist Marie Saint-Cyr for a group discussion about various obstacles faced as an emerging artist, such as finding/creating opportunities, managing the business side of art, selling work, and more.

Click here to visit Marie’s Eventbrite

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, December 17th | 7:00pm-9:00pm
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery | 558 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY

Past activity dates:

Navigating Art School Workshop | Lakou NOU

Join Lakou NOU artist Marie Saint-Cyr for a workshop providing advice and tips to current and prospective college art students about how to make the most out of their 4-year in art school.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 16th | 11:00am-12:30pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library – Flatbush Branch | 22 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, NY

Click here to visit Marie’s Eventbrite 

Business Workshop for Emerging Artists | Lakou NOU

Join Lakou NOU artist Marie Saint-Cyr for an art and business workshop that will focus on providing basic business understanding for treating your art practice as a business.

Click here to visit Marie’s Eventbrite

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 26th | 2:30pm-4:00pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library – Flatbush Branch | 22 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, NY

Rites of Passage: Leadership Development & Cultural Heritage Workshop

We are excited to share that one of our 2019 Lakou NOU Artist, Marie E. Saint-Cyr, will be partnering with Ifetayo during the Ifetayo Summer Intensives (ISI).⁣

This workshop will focus on providing youths (ages 13-19) with a deeper understanding of various careers available in the arts, and also a better understanding of the paid resources available to assist them as they pursue a career in the arts.⁣⁣

The Ifetayo Summer Intensives (ISI) is a 6-week intensive series running from July 8th to August 16th providing holistic & fun cultural arts educational enrichment activities for youth and adults. Weekly workshops will include young boys empowerment; teen personal & professional development; and more

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 17th | 4:30-6:30pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Commons | 495 Flatbush Avenue
ADMISSION: Registration is free but RSVP required | https://bit.ly/2XFO1KE⁣⁣

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Lakou NOU 2019 | ROOTS GARDEN by Tasha Dougé

08.15.19

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Tasha Dougé (Canarsie) is a Bronx-based multidisciplinary artist and cultural enthusiast. Her body of work activates conversations around women empowerment, health advocacy, sexual education, and Black community pride. Tasha believes it is fundamental to her artistic practice to shift narratives to depict a more holistic description of who we are and what we have contributed. Her art is a tool to exercise expression, enact empowerment and serve as a bridge to connect and highlight those that may feel excluded and/or overlooked. By creating provocative works that elicit authentic, raw and at times, uncomfortable feelings, Tasha aims to spark open and honest conversations that lead to change and REFORM.

As part of  her Lakou NOU 2019 residency, Tasha is developing programming focused on uplifting the significance of joumou (“pumpkin” in Haitian Kreyòl) as a tool to highlight, illuminate, introduce and re-introduce its significance and retell the story of the Haitian Revolution. The Roots Garden (located inside the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum’s garden) is about storytelling and encouraging a connection back to the land by actively cultivating Haitian pride and collective memory.  Reclaiming urban, and specifically the Haitian Diaspora community’s connection to land will work to restore and replenish ancestral, spiritual and collective wealth. Shared experiences in land stewardship, community health, creative expression, and collective investment will link to historic and contemporary efforts towards self-liberation.

Roots Garden activations will take place throughout the duration of the joumou gardening season (August – December). If you are interested in volunteering at the Roots Garden, please contact Tasha Dougé at con.vher.sa.tions2015 [at] gmail.com

Current activity dates include:

Ancestors’ Weekend
More info coming soon!
DATE/TIME: January 3-4, 2020 | Time TBD
LOCATION: TBD

Past activity dates:
It Started with a Seed | Collage Workshop
Seeds are small, yet mighty. They are symbols of renewal, transformation and endless possibilities. Most importantly, seeds are the beginning just like many of our thoughts. Thoughts are the seeds that give rise to action. Join Lakou NOU residency artist Tasha Dougé as we use seeds to create art that inspires us to action. We will also reflect on how the thought of freedom became the successful Haitian Revolution. Tasha’s workshop is part of Creative Homesteading: Putting the Farm to Bed. Read about the day’s activities via Wyckoff House Museum.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 5 | 12-2pm
LOCATION: The Wyckoff House Museum | 5816 Clarendon Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11203 MAP
ADMISSION: FREE | No RSVP required | Family Friendly
And So It Begins…| Storytelling & Sharing
Join Tasha for storytime around the beginnings of the Haitian Revolution. This is also an opportunity to chat with her and learn about her project first hand. Tasha will be reading from Boukman: Black Revolution by Frantz Derenoncourt, Jr., the story of revolutionaries Dutty Boukman and Cecile Fatiman as they begin the initial slave revolts which ignite The Haitian Revolution.
Tasha’s storyhour will begin at 11:30am.
Read about the Wyckoff House Museum’s Farmhouse Family Day here.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 17th | 11:30-12:30pm
LOCATION: The Wyckoff House Museum | 5816 Clarendon Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11203 MAP
ADMISSION: FREE | No RSVP required | Family Friendly

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Ayiti Experimental | Recap

06.02.19

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On Thursday, June 6that Dumbo Loft, HCX and our gorgeous supporters launched our 10-year anniversary celebration with a supper club & afterparty. The event was hosted by Riva Précil with live performances by Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Melanie Charles and Haiti-based guitarist/singer BIC Tizon Difè. Award-winning author Ibi Zoboi offered reflections on the significance of this historic landmark for the organization. DJ Jephté Guillaume played Haitian Afro Tech that kept us on our feet late into the evening evening’s afterparty.

Special thanks to our caterers, the iconic GrandChamps and bar sponsor Clairin The Spirit Of Haiti, who brought some delicious rhum cocktails and tastings from their collection.

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Kafou Mizik

On Saturday, June 8that Shapeshifter Lab, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted an evening of live musical performances spanning generations and genres followed by a conversation with these renowned artists. Performers included Talie, BIC Tizon Difè, & Wooly Saint Louis Jean with a discussion curated by Lakou Nou artist Jonathan Michel.

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Banm On Ti Limyé

On Sunday, June 9that Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Place Garden Haiti Cultural Exchange presented Haiti-based artist Wooly Saint Louis Jean who joined us for a special posthumous tribute to Manno Charlemagne, a Haitian political folk singer, songwriter, guitarist and political activist. Guests artists included Haiti based singer/songwriter BIC Tizon Dife, Talie, and Bohio Music.

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Bat Tanbou

On Saturday, June 15that 3pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted Bat Tanbou, a Drumming Circle & Performance at Hillel Plaza. Passersby joined for an afternoon of traditional Haitian drumming in the heart of Little Haiti BK featuring Okai Fleurimont and friends!

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Exhibit

On Thursday, June 13that FiveMyles Gallery, at 4pm Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted an Open Gallery Conversations & Libations with visual artist, Pascale Monnin.  Monnin took over the HCX space to create FLASH, an installation of paintings, sculptures and curiosities. Works were available for sale, a portion of proceeds benefiting HCX.

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On Sunday, June 16th the installation of works by Pascale Monnin, FLASH, continued at FiveMyles Gallery, which featured a discussion led by vidual artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier.

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Haiti Film Fest Pop Up

On Sunday, June 23rdat Westbrook Memorial Garden at 6pm Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted a Haiti Film Fest Pop Up featuring Film Screenings & Ann Pale. The event was held in partnership with Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, featuring experimental shorts & a feature length film. Attendees enjoyed film screenings in the garden, popcorn and beer!

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Pop up Shop

On Thursday, June 20th & Friday, June 21stat Byas & Leonat 6pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted a Boutik and Pop Up Shop . Shoppers enjoyed small bites prepared by Lakou NOU artist Chef Day while they shopped ethical and sustainable apparel from Byas & Leon, candles made from all natural Haitian vetiver from Vetiver Les Cayes, and home décor items crafted by Haitian artisans from Bien Abyé.

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1804 Dance Performance

On Friday, June 28that FiveMyles Galleryat 6pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted “1804,” a Dance Performance & Ann Pale featuring Haitian dancer and choreographer Jean-Aurel Maurice.Mauriceperformed the world premiere of his work 1804 exploring the events leading up to Haiti’s independence and held a discussion about the creation of this piece, and his work in Haiti, with Riva Précil.

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Master Class

On Saturday, June 29that Gibney Dance at 1pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted a Master Haitian Contemporary Dance Class taught by Jean-Aurel Maurice with live drumming accompaniment. Participants learned various traditional rhythms and dances as well as accompanying songs.

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Ayiti eXperimental Dance Performance & Ann Pale curated by André Zachery

On Sunday, June 30th at Westbrook Memorial Garden at 3pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted a Dance Performance & Ann Pale curated by André Zachery featuring André Zachery, Tara Nicolas, Nubian Nene, & Jean Sebastien with live soundscape by Val Jeanty.

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The Ayiti eXperimenal Closing Night party was held at Westbrook Memorial Garden on Sunday, June 30that 5pm featuring Val Jeanty & Brother High Rara Band. Guests enjoyed an array of seasonal fruits curated by Lakou Nou artist Chef Day along with cocktails made with Clairin The Spirit Of Haiti.

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Contemporary Photography Exhibition featuring Haiti-based artists

04.12.18

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Contemporary Photography Exhibition featuring Haiti-based artists, curated by HaitiXNY artist Maksaens Denis 
May 31 – July 1

Selebrasyon! is New York City’s only festival dedicated to the promotion of the highest caliber film, dance, music, literature, and visual art of Haiti and its Diaspora. Haiti Cultural Exchange’s 3rd Biennial celebration will bring artists and diverse communities together to experience Haitian culture, its creative foundations, and its powerful legacy.
This year, HCX is pleased to announce that seven Haiti-based photographers will be submitting their work for an outdoor exhibition as part of Selebrasyon! programming. Curated by Maksaens Denis, the participating artists are: Josué Azor, Edine Celestin, Noiredelatour, Sébastien Denis, Fabienne Douce, Pierre Michel Jean, and Georges Harry Rouzier.

Their work will be on view at the following Brooklyn Queens Land Trust Gardens from May 31 – July, 1, 2018. Open garden hours are varied; more details TBA.

Featured Gardens include: 

Greene Garden
2 S Portland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
 
Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Garden
2601-2603 Tilden Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
**Open Hours:
—Monday – Tuesday: 10am-5pm
—Saturday: 10am-7pm
—Wednesday – Thursday: 5-8pm
 
Q Gardens Community Farm
70 E 18th St, Brooklyn, NY 11226
**Open Hours:
—Saturday: 12-2pm
—Sunday: 2-4pm
—Wednesday: 6:30-8pm
—First Friday Each Month: 6 to 8pm
 
Westbrook Memorial Garden
1233 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11216

 

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HCX will also be planning several other events in conjunction with the this exhibition:

Opening of Contemporary Photography Exhibition featuring Haiti-based artist, Josué Azor
Date/Time: Thursday, May 31st | 5 – 8pm
Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Place Garden | 2601-2603 Tilden Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226

Yon Moman Sou Plas| Day Atis Angaje Conversations in Brooklyn Gardens in collaboration with Brooklyn Queens Land Trust and Lakou NOU Resident Artists
Monday, June 11th | 1pm | Westbrook Memorial Garden| 1233 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Sunday, June 17th | 1pm | Greene Garden| 2 S. Portland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Click here to learn more: haiticulturalx.org/selebrasyon

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Selebrasyon! is New York City’s only festival dedicated to the promotion of the highest caliber film, dance, music, literature, and visual art of Haiti and its Diaspora. Haiti Cultural Exchange’s 3rd Biennial celebration will bring artists and diverse communities together to experience Haitian culture, its creative foundations, and its powerful legacy.

This year, HCX is pleased to announce that six Haiti-based artists will be participating in Selebrasyon! programming. This is all thanks to the support we have received for our HaitiXNY initiative, which aims to bring more artists from Haiti to present their work.

Download the Selebrasyon! Event List.

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