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Lakou NOU 2020 Application Due on January 17, 2020 – Apply NOW

12.16.19

Haiti Cultural Exchange Lakou NOU Artist Residency Program

Residency Overview

In rural Haiti, the Lakou communal living system embodies the intersection of land, family, and spirituality.  Lakou members develop reciprocal patterns of resource sharing and jointly work the land.  Lakou NOU (“Our Yard” in Haitian Creole), now in its fifth year, is a creative adaptation of this traditional model. Lakou NOU provides four artists of Haitian descent with the opportunity to create and present new work by connecting their skills and talents to four historically underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods, home to generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans: Crown Heights, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Flatbush.

Positioning their own creative talents as a component of a collective commons, the artists, selected via an open call, further their own artistic visions while addressing neighborhood issues through support from community assets. HCX helps facilitate the formation of partnerships between selected artists and neighborhood entities, including community gardens, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and local cultural institutions. These relationships engage artists with challenges and opportunities unique to each Lakou and afford access to valuable resources, such as spaces for exhibition or a platform for community conversations. Artists in residence also interact with each other as a cohort through discussion and support around topics relevant to Lakou NOU projects and participate in HCX-facilitated professional development opportunities. Topics include tools for cultural preservation, art in public spaces, engagement in social practice, and implementation of community programming.

Program Timeline

Lakou NOU Application Period:

Application Launched December 15, 2019

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 17TH 2020 at Midnight

Finalist interviews — February 10-12, 2020

 Lakou NOU Artist Selection:

Applications reviewed by selection committee January 2020

Finalist interviews — February 10-12 2020

Selected artists announced February 24, 2020

Artist Benefits

  • A $7,000 stipend for development, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of projects
  • Professional development activities aimed at building tools and skill sets necessary for community engaged artistic practice
  • An opportunity to become more acquainted with issues in the communities of Brooklyn
  • Access to a network of other artists, community leaders, and local organizations
  • An opportunity to further develop artistic practice through the creation of new work
  • A platform to showcase work to members of the Haitian diaspora and their diverse Brooklyn neighbors
  • A chance to develop professional skills through production, promotion activities, public speaking, networking, and working in group settings

How do I apply?

  • Applications may be submitted in two ways:
    • OPTION 1: Written Submission:

                Applications may be submitted as a Google Form.

    • OPTION 2: Video Submission:

    Applications may be submitted as a video response in MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV file formats to lakounou@haiticulturalx.org. Video submissions may be in English or Kreyòl. Videos should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. Save the file as Lakou NOU2020_First Name Last Name.

  • Supplemental Documentation is still required with your video application.

    Please complete Part One of the Google Form along with your video application.

    Responses must demonstrate a detailed and organized thought process. If you have any questions or concerns, please email lakounou@haiticulturalx.org or call 347-565-4429.

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Ann Pale | Let’s Talk with Friends of Matènwa | Recap

12.12.19

On December 11th, 2019 at FiveMyles Gallery, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted a Ann Pale conversation with Friends of Matènwa moderated by Michèle Voltaire Marcelin

Friends of Matènwa supports programs in the Matènwa community of La Gonâve to achieve education, agricultural development and social justice goals in Haitian Kreyòl.

Their mission is to be a democratic model of hands on education that reflects the learning and growing possible in one’s local environment. MCLC uses methodologies that have been tailored to their culture through experimentation, evaluation, and modifications, resulting in the present implementation of highly successful practices.

FOM seek to empower the local community in their ability to reflect and determine their own solutions, thus creating a healthy interdependent relationship when seeking resources, financial or material, from AID agencies or individuals.

Food was provided by Ida J & Co and Haitian vendors included: Cantave de Saint Marc, Cremas Absalon, Brooklyn Essence, and Askanya chocolate.

Click here to view photos. 

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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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