About HCX Programs: 

HCX is thankful and excited to enter our 10th year in service to our New York City community! Through special collaborations and our ongoing programming, we invite you to celebrate and experience HCX’s unique vision for nuanced representation of Haitian culture. 

The Haitian Diaspora is the 7th largest immigrant group in New York City, yet there is an exceeding lack of representation of Haitian arts and culture in this cultural capital. Because Haitian culture is the greatest story rarely told, at the highest level HCX aims to be a primary, authentic resource for presenting the culture of Haiti and the Diaspora.

This year, HCX will focus its programming on the theme of Rasin | Roots as we explore the varied ways we understand our heritage and how our community continues to grow. Through the themes of intergenerational solidarity, the environment, and movement building, featured artists in this year’s initiatives will highlight how Haiti and its Diaspora stay grounded in heritage and change. Stay up-to-date with this landmark year for HCX.

Haiti X New York (HXNY) is a week-long residency initiative that brings Haiti-based artists to New York to present their work to and engage with Diaspora and broader NYC audiences. Artists participate in workshops, panel discussions, and culminating presentations. HXNY narrows the physical and cultural distance between Haitians and Haitian-Americans and lends new insights to historical and current concerns of Haitians in and out of the Diaspora. At the same time, the program introduces New York audiences to Haitian artists they may not be familiar with. We mounted six HXNY residencies in 2018.

Diaspora NOW is a platform for emerging literary and performing artists of Haitian descent to premiere works in New York City, offering opportunities for Haitians and general public to engage with new art that highlights experiences in the Diaspora. In 2019 we presented five NYC premieres with the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust community gardens, and music/dance venues in Brooklyn.

HCX PROGRAMS

Ann Pale | Let’s Talk

Ann Pale is an ongoing series of artist talks featuring conversational encounters artists engaged with issues connected to Haiti and the Diaspora. Recent themes have included explorations of performing for American versus Haitian audiences, creating art in Haiti and discussions about the processes of individual artists. In our audience surveys, HCX constituents often cite Ann Pale as a favorite program because of their intimate nature. Most Ann Pale are presented at Five Myles Gallery. In 2018 we presented six Ann Pale talks.

Learn about Ann Pale events here.

Haiti Film Fest

Haiti Film Fest is the only New York City film festival devoted to Haiti-focused cinema and Haitian filmmakers. Launched in 2011 the festival screens motion pictures in many genres and formats, ranging from documentary shorts to extended narrative film, and has presented several regional and national premieres. Partners in the program have included Long Island University, St. Francis College and the Caribbean Film Academy. While presenting these films to a broad audience, Haiti Film Fest is also an opportunity for the Haitian community to see itself represented in this vital and prevalent medium.

Learn about Haiti Film Fest events here.

Lakou NOU Artist Residency Program

The Lakou NOU program 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.

Learn about Lakou NOU artists here.

Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert Series 

Designed to bring Haitian music and culture to the forefront of summer programming in New York City, The Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert Series is an ongoing effort to bring emerging musicians of Haitian descent to the forefront of the New York City performing arts scene. These summer concerts feature both musical and literary artists from Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. Pwezi Anba Tonèl  is our featured event during the concert series and it is an annual evening of poetry and music under the stars.

Learn about Mizik Ayiti events here.

Selebrasyon! Haitian Arts Festival

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. HCX launched this biennial celebration in 2014 toward increasing engagement with Haitian Arts & Culture in one of the largest Haitian Diaspora communities in the world.

Learn about Selebrasyon! events here.

Ti Atis Youth Development Program

A primary component of HCX’s youth development initiatives, Ti Atis (Little Artists) is an in-school arts education program engaging youth of Haitian descent and their peers with Haitian history and heritage via the arts. The program gives young people, ages 6-14, the tools to build an inclusive and culturally informed future as they learn about diverse art forms from professional Haitian artists. The goal is to increase appreciation of Haiti and its culture, promote positive cultural identity and self-image, facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, and cultivate an inclusive sense of community amongst young people. Currently, this program occurs at P.S.189.

Learn about Ti Atis programming here.

 

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About Our Programs

We seek to enrich the cultural landscape of New York City by developing, presenting and promoting a wide array of quality visual and performing arts, as well as educational and public affairs programs.

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