Haitian Cultural Festival

Sunday, May 06, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us on on Sunday, May 6 to celebrate the Haitian culture with workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices. CMA is collaborating with Haiti Cultural Exchange which will present Krik? Krak! Storytelling & Songs: connecting children and families to the rich oral traditions of Haiti. Join us at 12:30 and 2:00 pm with Riva Precil whose work embodies the beauty of her Haitian heritage through singing, dancing, jewelry designs and writing. Families are also invited to taste the teas of Haiti with the Haitian Creole Language Institute and their Haitian Tea Party! The Haitian Tea Party is an opportunity to learn how Haitian people use natural remedies to heal themselves. Haitian Tea Party workshop participants will learn about 4 teas that can heal 4 common, everyday ailments. Participants will be able to taste the teas and the workshop will be accompanied by traditional Haitian snacks.

Workshops include:

Fine Arts:

Just Bead It!: Looking closely at the beaded “Haitian Paintings” by contemporary Haitian-American New York artist, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, visitors will create paper beads and decorate illustrations inspired by their everyday life. Vladimir Charlier takes inspiration from Haiti’s traditional beaded Vodou flags used in ceremonies honoring ancestors, while the practice itself celebrates the cycle of life and our bond to nature. Using her heritage for inspiration, Vladimir incorporates the beading tradition to recreate paintings depicting her memories of Haiti. Using paper beads, young artists will ornament their illustrations to highlight their own special memories.

Colorful Doorways Inspired by Duval Pierre: Make your own colorful doorways! In 2015, artist and activist Duval Pierre made it his mission to strengthen the spirit of the Jalouzi community, whose land was devastated by the 2010 earthquake. To date, with the help of community members, over 1,000 city structures have been restored and painted in all the dazzling colors of the rainbow. Pierre’s mission was to ignite hope within his community through color and collaboration. Visit Fine Arts to learn more about this community and others like it in the beautiful country of Haiti.

Clay Bar: 

Coral Reefs of Haiti: Explore Haiti’s coral reefs. Critically endangered due to overfishing, these reefs are home to an enormous spectrum of marine life. Come learn about the corals and animals which make up these reefs and create a miniature clay coral reef of your own.

Media Lab:

Préfète Duffaut Inspired Animations: Create an animation inspired by renowned Haitian painter Préfète Duffaut. Dive into his intricate, detailed landscapes. Explore winding ports and colorful hillsides in both 2D and 3D form!

Sound Booth:

Compas Inspired Beats: Compas, a modern meringue style of music from Haiti, features drums, synthesizers, keyboards, and guitars. Come explore this unique musical genre and create a collaborative, original track!


Wall Art: In the celebration of Haitian cultural festival young artist will recreate amazing handmade wall art. Oil drums are often purchased in the capital of Port Au Prince, Haiti, but then recycled and made into steel drums, and then into works of art! Young artists will also get a chance to upcycle, using tin foil and wires to create their own 2-D designs to hang up!


Haiti Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people. Learn more at haiticulturalx.org.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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