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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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2019 Lakou NOU | KONÈKTIF by Jonathan Michel

08.01.19

Jonathan Michel (East Flatbush) is a Haitian-American bassist, composer and arranger. Along with his work on the local Philadelphia and New York scenes, Jon has spent much of the past few years touring and serving residencies around the world. Born in the USA to Haitian Immigrant parents, he has spent time studying Black American, Western Classical and African music. Jon describes his voice as an exploration between cultures, technique and tradition. While each musical opportunity presents unique challenges, goals and lessons, his aim remains the same: to honor the masters of the music and to share his Haitian culture.  

In 1977 after getting married, Jonathan Michel’s parents Joseph and Marie moved into an apartment on Crown St and Utica Ave. 40 years later, shortly after getting married, Jon and his wife moved into an apartment on Rutland Rd and Troy Ave, unknowingly  just a few blocks from where his parents began their family life.  

“My goal in this residency to to inform and educate myself and others about our roots in EF as Haitian Americans, as well as to show the elders that we are a continuation of their work.” 

Through his Lakou NOU project, Michel will explore the roots of the Haitian community in EF through personal connection and the experiences of EF residents. Konèktif will open the dialogue between generations and help unlock the potential that dialogue can bring towards strengthening our community. 

Konèktif will activate East Flatbush as a site for intergenerational relationship building through outdoor performances, conversations and folk music shared by Haitian elders, and a public performance of community archived Haitian music and song shared by an intergenerational band comprised of professional musicians and East Flatbush community members. 

If you are interested in participating in Konèktif, please contact Jonathan Michel at jonmichelmusic [at] gmail.com 

Stay tuned for upcoming Konèktif event dates!

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Yon Moman Sou Plas | Atis Angaje Conversations featuring Sherley Davilmar

05.14.18

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Yon Moman Sou Plas | Atis Angaje Conversations featuring Sherley Davilmar

Join HCX and Lakou NOU 2016 Artist Resident, Sherley Davilmar as she host an Atis Angaje lunch conversation discussing the work that she did during her “How Desensitized Are We?” residency project. She’ll be focusing her talk on the intersections of health and wellness, gentrification, and violence in our communities. She’ll be opening a space to forum and form creative strategies among ourselves.

The program is an opportunity for participants to have a talk together over lunch in spirit of informal public convening naturally a part of Haitian culture. A contemporary photo exhbition by Haiti-based artists, curated by Maksaens Denis, will also be on view.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 17th | 1-3pm.
LOCATION: Greene Garden | 2 S. Portland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
RSVP HERE | ADMISSION: FREE

**BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH**

selebrasyon_logo

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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Yon Moman Sou Plas | Atis Angaje Conversations featuring Glenda Lezeau

05.14.18

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Yon Moman Sou Plas | Atis Angaje Conversations featuring Glenda Lezeau
 

Join HCX and Lakou NOU 2017 Artist Resident, Glenda Lezeau as she host an Atis Angaje lunch conversation discussing the work that she did during her “Canarsie’s Konpa Celebration” residency project. She’ll be delving into what it means to create spaces for celebration during times highly political times.

The program is an opportunity for participants to have a talk together over lunch in spirit of informal public convening naturally a part of Haitian culture. A contemporary photo exhbition by Haiti-based artists, curated by Maksaens Denis, will also be on view.

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 11th | 1-3pm.
LOCATION: Westbrook Memorial Garden | 1233 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
RSVP HERE | ADMISSION: FREE

**BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH**

selebrasyon_logo

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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