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Haiti Cultural Exchange presents SHOP HAITI | Virtual Bazaar Kreyòl



HCX is proud to share a curated list of Haitian shops you can purchase from virtually this holiday season! 

AltarArt | @altarart 

Atizana Inspired | @atizanainspired | 

Bazile Sauce | @bazilesauce |  

Bijou Lakay | @bijoulakay |  

Bonbon Lakay | @bonbonlakay | 

Brooklyn Essence | @brooklynessence | 

Brooklyn Loves Haiti | @twafey | 

Bien Abyé | @bienabye | 

Cantave De Saint Marc | @cantavedesaintmarc |  

Clairin the Spirit of Haiti|@clairinthespiritofhaiti | 

Cremas Absalon | @cremasabsalon

Fanm Djanm | @fanmdjanm | 

Flatbush Caton Market | @flatbushcatonmarket | 

HaiTea | @haitea |  

Haiti Design Co | @haitidesignco | 

Karabela Nations | @Karabela_nations |  

Les Chocolateries Askanya | @askanyachocolate | 

Manny’s Sister | @mannysister | 

Nadege Fleurimond | @nadegefleurimond | 

Pyelila | @pyelila | 

Taste of Haiti Box | @tasteofhaitibox | 

Thorobredbooks | @thorobredbooks | 

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2020 Year-End HCX Fundraiser


What a year! 2020 has been challenging for all of us: from the COVID-19 pandemic—which hit our community particularly hard—to the pain of centuries-old racial injustice that prompted uprisings across the country, to the uncertainty of a vitally important election. 2020 has delivered one shocking moment after another.


Throughout all this, Haiti Cultural Exchange strived to be a resource, to chart new ways for our community to come together and heal, to celebrate Black culture, and to create opportunities for artists as their income streams disappeared. As the end of this tumultuous year approaches, we asked our artists to speak about what HCX means to them and we’ve been sharing their responses across our social media. Their powerful art uplifts us even on the most difficult days, and we are deeply grateful for the joy they bring to our lives.


We remain committed to art as a social justice tool and believe in its unique capacity to inspire change. However, the pandemic has diminished our ability to raise funds for this vital work. Government budget cuts and shifting priorities jeopardize our main funding sources. New opportunities continue to exclude small organizations—like ours—that serve communities of color. At this crossroads in history, we are asking you, our community, for help.


You can donate to our Facebook fundraiser, on our website, or by mail to Haiti Cultural Exchange c/o FiveMyles Gallery 558 St. Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238. Another fantastic way to support the organization is by becoming a recurring donor. Recurring donations are an especially effective way to support the organization, as they are a reliable funding source, and they allow you, the donor, to give to HCX in way that’s sustainable for you! Small amounts donated regularly add up to be very impactful. Just choose the frequency you’d like to give when donating on our website.


Your contribution will allow HCX to envision its digital and physical programming for our “new normal” world and provide direct support to the artists we serve, who in turn serve us all.  We are grateful for your support of our efforts to unite, heal, and forge a path forward. Together, we will get through these times!


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New HCX Intern Announcement!



Hi everyone! My name is Smerlene Mata.  

I have been residing in Brooklyn, NY for my whole life. Growing up I was a bit shy, which is why immersing myself in an arts high school is what helped me come out my shell. Attending Brooklyn Arts, I was able to be involved with various fundraising events for musicals and even got cast in four plays. I am currently attending John Jay College with a major in criminology and minor in law. I love the college experience because it has helped me grow mentally and independently. After college, I have aspirations of becoming a family or criminal defense lawyer. I believe that I am good at getting my point across and persuading someone to trust my opinions. What interests me the most besides law is spreading awareness about certain untouched topics as well as getting to the root of why they aren’t being advocated enough. This is why I am really excited about joining Haiti Cultural Exchange! I feel that I have enough experience to help HCX promote their cultural message while learning incredible things along the way. 

Due to the pandemic, I have had difficulties getting myself involved in advocacy projects I truly care about. Initially, I was excited about my placement with HCX because I wanted to enhance my writing skills. After learning more about the program, I am now hoping to become invested in raising awareness about social issues and maintaining Haitian cultural appreciation through the arts. I am also thrilled to make change by showcasing many new artists and meeting incredible new people along the way. I can’t wait to see where this program can take me! 

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Art in the Garden: Fall Sundays | Recap


123022220_10158566461291830_2717303459505903881_oThe Haitian Creole saying “fanm se poto mitan” expresses the idea that women are the pillar of any society. HCX Cultural arts programming through June 2021, will unpack the role of the feminine in Haitian and Diaspora settings, examining both traditional views, and ways in which these roles are being challenged and rethought in modern times. To kick off this season, during the months of October & November, we presented FANM d’Ayiti | honoring Haitian women as pillars of our society through live music, dance, and song.  

On Sunday, October 18th Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted Art in the Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with performances by Alexandra Jean-Joseph & Sky Menesky of Imamou Lele where they presented traditional Haitian dance & drumming. The theme of their performance was in alignment with HCX’s current theme FANM, where they emulated women across cultures, classes, and various walks of life. Attendees lounged comfortably on the lawn during their presentation.  


Vocalist and flutist, Melanie Charles presented an homage to Haitian women musicians through the ages and was accompanied by guitarist, Eddy Bourjolly. Spectators sang along to familiar tunes throughout their beautiful performance.  


On Sunday, October 25th Sheila Anozier performed Songs of Ayiti: Haitian Folk and Vodou songs honoring the female deities accompanied by Tiga Jean Baptiste on Haitian drums. Fritz Bernardin closed out the day by performing his original compositions “Suite Folklorique Haitienne” & traditional Haitian Folk Songs on viola.  122967237_10158566515956830_5671312701656026657_o

It was a pleasure to present performances in the lovely fall setting of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a second year and as part of the first public programs since the pandemic. Being back in community with live Haitian music and dance felt so joyful, and we were truly fortunate to be able to curate artists whose presentations were developed for our year-long programmatic theme: FANM  123656752_10158585540556830_5261993006758460714_o

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