Haiti Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit organization established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people.

We seek to raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding and appreciation through programs in the arts, education and public affairs.

Why Haiti Cultural Exchange? 

Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) was founded in 2009 by seven Haitian women with the aim to create a permanent presence for Haitian Arts & Culture in our city. Our programs in the arts, education and public affairs raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding within and beyond the Haitian community. Our activities deepen appreciation of the rich diversity of Haitian arts culture in New York City—one of the primary outposts of the Haitian diaspora—and provide opportunities for artists of Haitian descent to develop and present their work.

The Haitian Diaspora is the seventh largest immigrant group in New York City, with over 90,000 individuals residing in Brooklyn, yet the Haitian community surveyed by HCX often feels there is an exceeding lack of representation of Haitian arts and culture in this cultural capital. HCX is important “Because Haitian culture is the greatest story rarely told,” says one survey respondent. HCX seeks to be a primary, authentic resource for presenting the culture of Haiti and the Diaspora.

Programs & Services 

Our programs and services seek to support emerging and established artists, promote cross-cultural exchanges, preserve our cultural heritage, and encourage dialogue around contemporary social issues.

Through Arts Presentation, Cultural Engagement, and Artist Development programs, HCX has presented 450 artists and cultural figures to approximately 5,000 on-site audience members each year over the past decade. Since its founding, HCX has presented Haitian art and artists to both Haitian Diaspora and broader audiences through exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances, multidisciplinary festivals, artists talks and educational programs. We have fostered artistic exchanges between Haiti and the US, bringing Haitian and Diaspora artists together in mainstage and community venues. In the face of a public understanding of Haiti that is often framed by political discord and natural disasters, HCX seeks to empower Haitian communities by representing the breadth and influence of Haiti’s artistic heritage, history and culture.

Additional Artist Resources & Opportunities

Through referrals, HCX continues to make connections between organizations & individuals seeking talent and Haitian artists. Part of the way we do this is through in-school performances & workshops where artists can participate in special assemblies and in-class performances, in NYC, that work to expand students’ world eye view and connect them with their Haitian heritage.

For more information on how HCX can connect you or your organization with Haitian artists of various disciplines, and for hosting a workshop/assembly please contact Régine at regine@haiticulturalx.org.

Community News

HCX is committed to engaging individuals and institutions in our community around Haitian culture. The HCX Community Page functions as our blog platform to exchange information about HCX events, opportunities, and related organizational information.

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Contact Us

Haiti Cultural Exchange
558 St Johns Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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