Call for Submissions: Lakou NOU Artist Residency

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Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) has just announced an open call for artists to apply to their Lakou NOU artist residency. The application deadline is January 5, 2018. See description and applicant guidelines below or go to http://haiticulturalx.org/category/lakou-nou.  

Description: 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), HCX’s newest program, is a creative adaption of this traditional model. This project provides four artists of Haitian descent with the opportunity to create and present new work by connecting their skills and talents to four traditionally underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods, home to generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans: Crown Heights, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Flatbush.

In 2016, the programs inaugural year, Lakou NOU artists produced diverse multidisciplinary projects that drew connections between artistic practice and neighborhood concerns. Drumming set the tone for discussions about health and wellness in Canarsie. Dance navigated the topic of state-sanctioned violence in East Flatbush. Storytelling and video art explored gentrification that is taking place in Crown Heights. Over ten partners, including high schools, tenant organizing groups, libraries, and the national non-profit StoryCorps, were enlisted by our Lakou NOU artists to help them work with local residents toward addressing community issues and building on neighborhood strengths.

This year, Lakou NOU artists will be provided with a stipend of $7,000 for creating new art; the development, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of projects; access to a network of other artists, community leaders, and local organizations; a platform to showcase their work to varied audiences; and the opportunity to develop leadership skills while becoming more acquainted with social issues affecting Brooklyn communities.

Artists will engage in a curated professional development series designed to help them prepare for the challenges and opportunities that will come with cultivating and stewarding space for their projects. The series will introduce artists to the principles of social practice, community engagement, program planning and implementation, and impact assessment.

Resident-artist Timeline:

December – January 5th 2018: Applications are completed and submitted

January – February: Applications are reviewed and results are announced

February: Orientation for Lakou NOU residents; professional development series begins

Applicant Guidelines

Selection Criteria:

*Artistic excellence and originality

*Residence in or a demonstrated relationship with the Lakou NOU communities*

*An artistic practice rooted in community, collaboration, and dialogue

*Identification as an artist of Haitian decent working in any artistic discipline

Additional Requirements

*Artists are not required to live in the targeted “Lakou” neighborhoods (Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, or Canarsie), BUT must live in the greater New York City area.

*Artists must demonstrate interest in and commitment to Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, and/or Canarsie neighborhoods.

Haiti Cultural Exchange was established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people. We seek to raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding and appreciation through programs in the arts, education and public affairs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 5TH, 2018

For the application and more information: http://haiticulturalx.org/category/lakou-nou

Régine M. Roumain

Executive Director

www.haiticulturalx.org

Tel: 347-565-4429

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