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Marie E. Saint-Cyr (Flatbush) is a visual artist whose work explores how we interact within imagined space by juxtaposing interior and exterior spaces. As a young Haitian-American artist, the colors in Saint-Cyr’s paintings evoke the charm and vibrancy of Caribbean pastorals alongside the urgency and layered energy of urban landscapes. Marie migrated to the United States from Haiti at the age of eight and creates her art in Wyandanch, New York. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy and has traveled and studied art throughout Europe.

Marie’s project, Business Savvy Artists: Haitian Creativity as a Community Asset, will focus on investing in the industry knowledge and professional development of Haitian artists based in Flatbush. Saint-Cyr’s project aims to equip artists with knowledge of available resources and tools that increase the capacity of Flatbush artists to manage their art practice as a business and create economic and artistic opportunities for themselves, such as putting together a portfolio, developing exhibitions, creating their own residencies, and understanding the unique value they have to offer from their art practice.

She hopes to shift perception of the Haitian community’s view that the creative field is an unstable career choice. Targeting a mixed group of artist stakeholders for series of workshops fusing art-making and trainings education, this project will engage: high school students, offering more aware of the various careers available in the arts; assist college art students in strategizing how to get experience in the degree they are pursuing; and will provide visual artists tools and resources to aid them in sustaining a successful art practice. 

If you are interested in participating in Business Savvy Artists, please contact Marie Saint-Cyr at saintcyrartstudio [at] gmail.com

Current activity dates include:

Emerging Artist Roundtable | Lakou NOU

Join Lakou NOU artist Marie Saint-Cyr for a group discussion about various obstacles faced as an emerging artist, such as finding/creating opportunities, managing the business side of art, selling work, and more.

Click here to visit Marie’s Eventbrite

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, December 17th | 7:00pm-9:00pm
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery | 558 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY

Past activity dates:

Navigating Art School Workshop | Lakou NOU

Join Lakou NOU artist Marie Saint-Cyr for a workshop providing advice and tips to current and prospective college art students about how to make the most out of their 4-year in art school.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 16th | 11:00am-12:30pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library – Flatbush Branch | 22 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, NY

Click here to visit Marie’s Eventbrite 

Business Workshop for Emerging Artists | Lakou NOU

Join Lakou NOU artist Marie Saint-Cyr for an art and business workshop that will focus on providing basic business understanding for treating your art practice as a business.

Click here to visit Marie’s Eventbrite

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 26th | 2:30pm-4:00pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library – Flatbush Branch | 22 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, NY

Rites of Passage: Leadership Development & Cultural Heritage Workshop

We are excited to share that one of our 2019 Lakou NOU Artist, Marie E. Saint-Cyr, will be partnering with Ifetayo during the Ifetayo Summer Intensives (ISI).⁣

This workshop will focus on providing youths (ages 13-19) with a deeper understanding of various careers available in the arts, and also a better understanding of the paid resources available to assist them as they pursue a career in the arts.⁣⁣

The Ifetayo Summer Intensives (ISI) is a 6-week intensive series running from July 8th to August 16th providing holistic & fun cultural arts educational enrichment activities for youth and adults. Weekly workshops will include young boys empowerment; teen personal & professional development; and more

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 17th | 4:30-6:30pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Commons | 495 Flatbush Avenue
ADMISSION: Registration is free but RSVP required | https://bit.ly/2XFO1KE⁣⁣