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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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Archive: Fly a Haitian Kite Workshop at P.S.189, The Bilingual Center



On June 22nd, P.S.189, The Bilingual Center hosted their annual school fair. Haiti Cultural Exchange was there hosting Fly a Haitian Kite Workshop for students and their families.

In Haiti, the iconic six-sided kite is traditionally constructed out of bamboo and paper. In recent times, however, it has become a common sight to see children’s kites constructed out of the colorful plastic bags that litter their neighborhoods. HCX used this creative adaptation to teach a lesson about recycling through Haitian culture. Students used recycling plastic sheets to build their sails, decorated their kites with tissue paper, and made tails from an array of colorful fabric scraps.

Approximately 30 children worked patiently on kites with the help of HCX volunteers, along with their friends and families while they learned the delicate process of bending the bridle post and binding the center of the kite frame. Even parents struggled a little!

At the end of the day, kites and spirits soared as HCX said goodbye to P.S.189 for the 2013 school year. Take a look at some photos from the workshop here.

A special thank you to our HCX volunteers that came out to lend a hand and the Citizens Committee for New York for supporting our youth program.

To all our Ti Atis and students at P.S.189, have a safe and fun summer! See you in the fall.

What to have a little fun of your own? Try out this fun summer activity and build your very own hexagon kite!

Traditional Hexagon Kite Tutorials
Moderate to Hard


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June 30: Caribbean Cultural Theatre presents WORD! A Caribbean Book Fest


Join almost thirty authors, poets and storytellers from over a dozen countries as they weave tales for all ages of adventures in our neighbourhoods, foreign lands and distant planets!


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Archive: Ti Atis Afterschool Workshops at P.S.189, The Bilingual Center



HCX began a two-pronged session of Ti Atis Afterschool Workshops at P.S.189, The Bilingual Center, in February 2013. The session included a photo narrative workshop for 6th & 7th graders led by photographer Richard Louissaint and a collaborative mural project for 4th & 5th graders led by visual artist Jules Joseph.

The Photography Narrative Workshop offered 13 students an opportunity to experience working with an unfamiliar medium. Students began the workshop with a study in photo critique, where they were asked to view books by photographers from around the world. They were encouraged to share their ideas about the aesthetics of the photographs and to reach a consensus on the meaning of each image.

Many of the kids felt that the photos of Brooklyn neighborhoods during the summertime were the best, particularly one of a football casting a shadow against a blacktop.  The group felt that it captured the moment from so many angles: the energy of the game, the moving shadow, and the finite number of days in summer. Following the critique, students were introduced to Richard’s impressive collection of vintage films and modern digital cameras. He explained the basic features of cameras such as the F-stop, shutter, and ISO speeds.

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Subsequent sessions explored the elements of composing a photo, deciding a focal point, filling the frame, getting in close and, most importantly, experimenting! In a series of exercises with cameras provided by HCX and the Photography Department at Pratt Institute, students visited other after-school classrooms and sites around the school grounds to test out their knowledge. For the final project, they selected a storyline for which they had to take five photos explaining their creative focus. The completed photo narratives were displayed on the Ti Atis Afterschool Workshop bulletin board outside the school’s main office.

The Collaborative Mural Project brought together a total of 24 4th & 5th graders to create an indoor mural. Through a series of brainstorming workshops that responded to the theme of “Knowledge is Power,” students created symbols, pictures, and patterns that were later interpreted by the instructing muralist Jules Joseph. Students used a range of idea-generating techniques and mediums to explore the mural’s theme; in one exercise they learned about the significance of different symbols, in another they experimented with mixing colors. These exercises contributed to the development of their artistic skills and to their understanding of the role of the arts in fostering community.

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After an incident that involved a huge puddle of paint and some very blue hands, the students cracked down on the mural fabrication. Students worked on the wall with intensity and focus, making sure to stay within the mural mock-up and use the correct color code. Over the course of 3 weeks, they worked with Jules to paint and plan the 165 sq. ft. mural and add their own touches in the blue background where they painted icons representing their concept of knowledge. Jules also integrated photos of three of the workshop students (left to right: Cameron, Nefetali, and Mercedes) into the mural design. It was interesting to observe the new ownership of the wall that the students expressed to their classmates “Don’t touch the wall! It’s not ready! It’s not dry!” and at passing classrooms of students, “Please, don’t lean on the wall yet. We’re still working on it.” Many of the student and staff bystanders pointed to the three portraits in progress and tried to guess who the students were. Others were curious as to how we got the images so big, Ti Atis students rushed to explain the process of grid-work and using a projector to create a blown up image. The completed mural presents images of students in contemplative poses bound together by green vines which symbolize the ever-increasing unifier of knowledge.

Click here for more photos of this session of Ti Atis Afterschool Workshop.

The dedication ceremony took place on May 3rd before an audience of workshop students, their peers, P.S.189 administration, and HCX staff. In front of the completed mural, student artists and their peers were encouraged to respond to the new mural and what meanings came forth. Students spoke to the reinforced sense of school pride and how this mural stands as a symbol for their love of learning and overcoming “larger than life” obstacles. Later, the group moved to the photo exhibition where the featured photographers talked about their process and difficulty working with photography such as perspective, timing, and lighting. The students also talked about how their effort to capture something specifically led them to see something they hadn’t originally been looking for.


Working with the students reinforced in me the need for the arts in compulsory public education. The meshing of ideas and perspectives witnessed during this session made evident that some situations can only be answered through collaborative and creative thought. As school districts all over the U.S. continue to whittle down their arts programs (what they consider elective activities), the opportunities for our young people to learn innovative thought processes and the importance of constructive self-expression is dwindling. Through programs such as Ti Atis Afterschool Workshops and the many arts-based afterschool programs blossoming across the country, we as teachers of the next generation must continue to give our children the tools for an innovative, inclusive, and culturally-informed tomorrow.

If you believe in the change we are making at P.S.189, The Bilingual Center, consider making a designated donation to HCX | Youth programming to support Ti Atis Afterschool Workshops and our other youth programs.

Amount: $

In the donation memo line, designate your gift to HCX Youth Programs.


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