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Provocate-Haiti presents “A New Year to Haiti,” a First Friday art and fashion show at the Athenaeum ArtSpace
Indianapolis (December 22)—On January 7, many of Indiana’s top artists and designers will join dozens of Hoosier groups working in Haiti for “A New Year to Haiti,” a First Friday event at the Athenaeum ArtSpace. The event will last from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. Featured will be an exclusive fashion show by renowned Berny Martin of Catou; a display of Amy King’s award-winning photographs of Haiti; an exhibition of art by Haitian street kids and orphans; and original works a dozen artists have contributed to raise funds for Indiana projects and partners in Haiti. DJ Kyle and Artur Silva of Cultural Cannibals, who will provide music, have designed original T-shirts for the event inspired by Toussaint L’Ouverture, leader of Haitian independence 200 years ago. Mass Ave Wine Shoppe will provide food and drinks.
“A New Year to Haiti” is presented by Provocate-Haiti, an Indianapolis-based network of Indiana-Haitian partnerships and initiatives. It is a follow-up to “A Nod to Haiti,” an exhibition of visual art and photographs at the Athenaeum in March organized by Provocate-Haiti Coordinator Amy King. The January 7 event comes almost exactly one year after an earthquake outside Haitian capital Port-au-Prince killed 230,000 people and left more than a million homeless. Since then, things have gotten worse as the country has suffered a killer hurricane and an outbreak of cholera. Thousands of Hoosiers have stepped forward to work with Haitians seeking to rebuild their country. With the exception of Florida, New York, and California, Indiana may have more partnerships with Haitian organizations than any other state. Many of these groups will be present at “A New Year to Haiti” at the Athenaeum.
About Provocate-Haiti: Provocate-Haiti is a sister organization to Provocate, which seeks to stimulate new ideas for solving problems by connecting global and local initiatives, education and entertainment, policy and culture. Led by Amy King, in a half year Provocate-Haiti has set up a monthly series of networking meetings for groups working in Haiti; partnered with the Haitian Association of Indiana to provide language classes in the Haitian language Kreyòl; worked closely with staff members of Sen. Richard Lugar and Rep. Andre Carson to obtain assistance for groups working in Haiti; and organized major events such as the Midwest premiere of Strange Things, a documentary about street children. May 20-28 Provocate-Haiti will partner with the Village Experience to lead a group of Hoosiers to Haiti to establish new projects in the arts and economic development. Provocate-Haiti’s website provides an electronic infrastructure and resource base for all Indiana-Haitian partnerships: http://www.haiti.provocate.org. Learn more about Provocate at http://www.provocate.org.
Says Provocate creator John Clark: “’A New Year to Haiti’ is the right way to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake. Remember the losses Haitians suffered. Acknowledge the challenges the country faces. Recognize the local groups that have been working so hard to help. And celebrate the fact that all of us have a chance to be part of something special … building a better Haiti.”